Lemmy R.I.P.: He was fucking Lemmy. ’Nuff said.

INTERVIEW: LEMMY KILMISTER
BY MATT REEKIE
September 2008

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After a lifetime spent convincing us all that nothing could kill him, Ian Fraser Kilmister has died.
It seems pointless to even begin to try to sum up the man’s contribution to rock music. He was fucking Lemmy! ’Nuff said.
I was lucky enough to see Motörhead a couple of times, to be deafened by his rumbling bass, charmed by his sardonic, humorous and heartfelt banter, and just basically starstruck to be standing in the same room as him.
I also got to interview him once, in 2008 when Motörhead released the Motorizer album. I was nervous as fuck. He was Lemmy

 

When you sit down to write, what goes through your brain?
There’s plenty of injustice left so there’s always plenty of material. And the basic things like sex and death, there’s always plenty of that.

Is a new Motörhead album just a chance to tour, or do you take each album as seriously as you did all the early records?
We didn’t take them seriously then.

This line-up with Mikkey Dee (drums) and Phil Campbell (guitar) is one of the tightest you’ve had. What’s the reason you’ve stayed together so long?
This is the best line-up ever and it’s also the longest lasting line-up as well, so it’s all good there. Everybody gets to become a pain at some point when you are touring so much, but that’s the great secret to endurance is learning to cope with people. That’s how you survive as a band.

Do you party less these days?
I calmed down on the partying a long time ago. There’s not so many good-looking birds as there used to be. They never really threw themselves at me anyway because I’m not one of them guys but I think this kind of rock ’n’ roll used to be a lot bigger. Now [our audience] is mostly young guys wanting to be in a band like us. As long as we’re selling tickets it doesn’t really matter. It’s a good life. It’s a good job, y’know.

Are there still as many temptations as ever?
I don’t drink much. These days it’s mostly just weird sex with goats. Don’t laugh, goats are all right, only you have to keep walking round the front if you want to kiss ’em. Four legs good, two legs bad, right?

What’s your drink of choice?
Jack and Coke. But I don’t get drunk no more. I can drink whatever you put in front of me and I just don’t get drunk.

 

 

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