Ian Fraser Kilmister (24 December 1945 – 28 December 2015), better
known as Lemmy, was an English musician and singer-songwriter who
founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. His music was one of the
foundations of the heavy metal genre. He was known for his
appearance (including his friendly mutton chops), his distinctive
gravelly, "rasp[y]" singing voice, which "...was one of the most
recognisable voices in rock", and his way of singing, looking up
towards "...a towering microphone tilted down into his weather-beaten
face". He was also known for his unmistakable bass playing style,
in which he used his
Rickenbacker bass to create an "overpowered,
distorted rhythmic rumble". Another unique aspect of Lemmy's bass
sound is that he often played power chords using growling overdriven
Marshall tube bass stacks. Alongside his music career, he also had
many minor roles and cameo appearances in film and television.
Lemmy was born in
Stoke-on-Trent and grew up in
later North Wales. He was influenced by rock and roll and the early
works of the Beatles, which led to him playing in several rock groups
in the 1960s; including the Rockin' Vickers. He worked as a roadie for
Jimi Hendrix and The Nice, before joining the space rock band Hawkwind
in 1971, singing lead vocals on their hit "Silver Machine". After
being fired from
Hawkwind for drug possession in 1975, he founded
Motörhead during the same year as the lead singer, bassist,
songwriter and frontman. Motörhead's success peaked in 1980 and 1981
and included the hit single "Ace of Spades" and the top charting live
album No Sleep 'til Hammersmith.
Lemmy continued to record and tour
Motörhead until his death in December 2015 in Los
Angeles, where he had lived since 1990.
Aside from his musical activities,
Lemmy was well known for his
hard-living lifestyle, chain smoking, and regular consumption of
Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey) and amphetamines.
1 Early life
2 Recording and performing career
2.1 1960–1970: Early years
2.2 1971–1975: Hawkwind
2.3 1975–2015: Motörhead
3 Personal life
4 Later years, Illness and death
5 Collaborations and songwriting
6 Film and television
6.1 Cameo appearances
6.3 In video games
8.1 Member of the Rockin' Vickers
8.2 Member of Sam Gopal
8.3 Member of Hawkwind
8.4 Member of Robert Calvert's band
8.5 Side projects and career-spanning groups
8.6 Band collaborations
8.7 Charity collaborations
8.8 Guest appearances
8.9 Film soundtracks, tribute, wrestling and various artists albums
9.1 Video tape/laser disc
11 Further reading
12 External links
Lemmy was born on Christmas Eve in the
Burslem area of Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire. When he was three months old, his father, an
Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force chaplain and concert pianist, separated from his
mother. His mother and grandmother moved to nearby
Newcastle-under-Lyme, then to Madeley. When
Lemmy was ten years
old, his mother married former footballer George Willis, who already
had two older children from a previous marriage, Patricia and Tony,
Lemmy did not get along.
The family moved to a farm in the Welsh town of Benllech, Anglesey,
Lemmy later commenting that "funnily enough, being the only
English kid among 700 Welsh ones didn't make for the happiest time,
but it was interesting from an anthropological point of view". He
attended Sir Thomas Jones' School in Amlwch, where he was nicknamed
"Lemmy". It was later suggested by some that the name originated from
the phrase "lemmy [lend me] a quid 'til Friday" because of his alleged
habit of borrowing money from people to play slot
Lemmy himself said that he did not
know the origin of the name. He soon started to show an interest
in rock and roll music, girls, and horses.
Lemmy noticed a pupil who had brought a guitar to school
and had been "surrounded by chicks". His mother had a guitar, which he
then took to school, even though he could not play, and was himself
surrounded by girls. By the time he left school, his family had moved
to Conwy. Whilst there, he worked at menial jobs; including one at the
Hotpoint electric appliance factory, while also playing guitar
for local bands such as the Sundowners and spending time at a
Lemmy saw the Beatles perform at the Cavern
Club when he was sixteen, and then learned to play along on guitar to
their first album Please Please Me. He also admired the sarcastic
attitude of the group, particularly that of John Lennon.
Recording and performing career
Lemmy playing bass and singing, with his trademark high microphone
1960–1970: Early years
Lemmy joined local bands the Rainmakers and then the
Motown Sect who played northern clubs for three years. In 1965, he
joined the Rockin' Vickers who signed a deal with CBS, released
three singles and toured Europe, reportedly being the first British
band to visit the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The
Rockin' Vickers moved to Manchester, where they shared a flat
Lemmy got involved with a woman named Tracy who bore
him a son, Paul Inder.
Lemmy did not have any involvement in his life
until the boy was six.
Leaving the Rockin' Vickers,
Lemmy moved to London in 1967. He shared
a flat with Noel Redding, bassist of the
Jimi Hendrix Experience, and
with Neville Chesters, their manager. He got a job as a roadie for the
band. In 1968, he joined the psychedelic rock band
Sam Gopal under
the name Ian Willis and recorded the album Escalator which was
released in 1969. After meeting Simon King at a shopping centre in
Chelsea in 1969, he joined the band Opal Butterfly; but the group soon
disbanded, having failed to raise enough interest with their
Lemmy during Motörhead's 2011
The Wörld Is Yours
The Wörld Is Yours Tour
Hawkwind (1970–75: United Artists era)
In August 1971,
Lemmy joined the space rock band Hawkwind, who were
based in Ladbroke Grove, London, as a bassist and vocalist. He had no
previous experience as a bass guitarist, and was cajoled into joining
immediately before a benefit gig in
Notting Hill by bandmate Dik Mik
to have two members who enjoyed amphetamines. He quickly developed
a distinctive style that was strongly shaped by his early experience
as a rhythm guitarist, often using double stops and chords rather than
the single note lines preferred by most bassists. His bass work was a
fundamental part of the
Hawkwind sound during his tenure, perhaps best
documented on Space Ritual. He also provided the lead vocals on
several songs, including the band's biggest UK chart single, "Silver
Machine", which reached #3 in 1972.
Lemmy was arrested at the Canada/United States border in
Windsor, Ontario, on drug possession charges; he spent five days in
jail but was released without charge. Nonetheless, he was fired from
Main article: Motörhead
Lemmy formed a new band called "Bastard" with
Larry Wallis (former member of the Pink Fairies, Steve
Took's Shagrat and UFO) and drummer Lucas Fox.
Lemmy and Took were
friends, and Took was the stepfather to Lemmy's son Paul. When his
manager informed him that a band by the name of "Bastard" would never
get a slot on Top of the Pops,
Lemmy changed the band's name to
"Motörhead" – the title of the last song he had written for
Soon after, both Wallis and Fox were replaced with guitarist "Fast"
Eddie Clarke and drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor and with this
line-up, the band began to achieve success. Lemmy's guttural vocals
were unique in rock at that time, and were copied during the time when
punk rock became popular. The band's sound appealed to Lemmy's
original fans and, eventually, to fans of punk.
Lemmy asserted that he
generally felt more kinship with punks than with metalheads; he even
played with the Damned for a handful of gigs when they had no regular
bassist. The band's success peaked in 1980 and 1981 with several
UK chart hits, including the single "Ace of Spades", which remained a
crowd favourite throughout the band's career, and the UK #1 live album
No Sleep 'til Hammersmith.
Motörhead became one of the most
influential bands in the heavy metal genre. Their – and Lemmy's –
final live performance was in Berlin,
Germany on 11 December 2015.
Lemmy in May 2005, at Reds, Edmonton
Lemmy in May 2015, at Rock am Ring, Germany
At the age of 17,
Lemmy met a holidaying girl named Cathy. He followed
her to Stockport, Greater Manchester, where she gave birth to his son
Sean, who was put up for adoption. In the 2010 documentary film
Lemmy, he mentioned having a son whose mother has only recently "found
him" and "hadn't got the heart to tell him who his father was",
indicating that the boy – perhaps Sean – was given up for
Channel 4 documentary Motörhead: Live Fast, Die Old, broadcast
on 22 August 2005, it was claimed that
Lemmy had "bedded" in excess of
Lemmy stated: "I said more than a thousand, the magazine
made two thousand of it." Maxim had
Lemmy at #8 on its top ten "Living
Sex Legends" list, as they claimed that he had slept with around 1,200
Lemmy is one of the characters in the book Sex Tips from
Rock Stars by Paul Miles.
Dave Grohl, on his
Probot website, describes musicians with whom he
has worked. In his entry for Lemmy, he wrote:
We recorded his track in
Los Angeles in maybe two takes about a year
and a half ago. Until then I'd never met what I'd call a real rock 'n'
roll hero before. Fuck
Elvis and Keith Richards, Lemmy's the king of
rock 'n' roll – he told me he never considered
Motörhead a metal
band, he was quite adamant. Lemmy's a living, breathing, drinking and
snorting fucking legend. No one else comes close.
Lemmy was well known for his alcohol abuse. The documentary Live Fast
Die Old stated that he drank a bottle of
Jack Daniel's every day and
had done so since he was 30 years old. In 2013,
Jack Daniel's for health reasons. During his time with
Hawkwind he developed an appetite for amphetamines and LSD,
particularly the former. Before joining Hawkwind, he recalled Dik Mik,
Hawkwind sound technician, visiting his squat in the middle
of the night and taking speed with him. They became interested in how
long "you could make the human body jump about without stopping",
which they did for a few months, until Mik ran out of money and wanted
to return to Hawkwind, taking
Lemmy with him.
I first got into speed because it was a utilitarian drug and kept you
awake when you needed to be awake, when otherwise you'd just be flat
out on your back. If you drive to
Glasgow for nine hours in the back
of a sweaty truck you don't really feel like going onstage feeling all
bright and breezy ... It's the only drug I've found that I can
get on with, and I've tried them all – except smack [heroin]
and morphine: I've never "fixed" [i.e., injected] anything.
In November 2005, he was invited to the
National Assembly for Wales
National Assembly for Wales as
a guest speaker by Conservative member William Graham. He was asked to
express his views on the detrimental effects of drugs, and called for
the legalisation of heroin. He stated that legalisation would
eradicate the drug dealer from society and generate money from its
taxation, however hard this would be to accept.
Lemmy collected German military regalia; he had an Iron Cross
encrusted on his bass, which led to accusations of Nazi sympathies. He
stated that he collected the memorabilia because he liked the way it
looked, and considered himself an anarchist or libertarian.
Lemmy said he was against religion, government, and established
authority. In 2011, he identified as agnostic, saying, "I can
find out when I die. I can wait. I'm not in a hurry." Jeff
Hanneman, the founder of the thrash metal band Slayer, befriended
Lemmy due to their shared fondness for collecting Nazi
memorabilia. According to Keith Emerson's autobiography, Lemmy
gave him two of his Hitler Youth knives during his time as a roadie
for the Nice. Emerson used these knives many times as keyholders when
Hammond organ during concerts with the Nice and Emerson,
Lake & Palmer before destroying them.
Lemmy defended his
collection by saying that if his black girlfriend had no problem with
it, nobody else should.
Later years, Illness and death
Lemmy lived in Los Angeles, from 1990 until his death, most recently
in a two-room apartment two blocks away from his favourite hangout,
the Rainbow Bar and Grill. In December 2000, his tour was
cancelled when he was hospitalised in Italy with flu, exhaustion and a
lung infection. He was hospitalised with extreme dehydration and
Germany in July 2005. As he grew older, he used less
alcohol and drugs as he suffered from diabetes and hypertension. In
June 2013, it was reported that he had an implantable
cardioverter-defibrillator fitted. His tour was cancelled in July
2013 due to a severe haematoma. He referred to his continuing drug
use as "dogged insolence in the face of mounting opposition to the
contrary". Towards the end of his life he had to use a walking
stick. He had started smoking at the age of 11. In August
2015, he said he had cut down his smoking habit from two packs a day
to one pack a week. He was hospitalised with a lung infection in
September 2015, after having breathing problems when performing
Lemmy's grave at Forest Lawn, Hollywood
On 28 December 2015, four days after his 70th birthday,
Lemmy died at
his apartment in
Los Angeles at 4pm PST, from prostate cancer, cardiac
arrhythmia and congestive heart failure. Motörhead
announced his death on their official Facebook page later that day.
According to the band, his cancer had only been diagnosed two days
prior to his death.
Lemmy's manager, Todd Singerman, later revealed:
He [Lemmy] gets home [from tour], we have a big birthday party for him
at the Whisky A Go Go. His friends came down and played. Two days
later I could tell he wasn't feeling good. So we took him to the
hospital. They release him. Then after the brain scan, they found the
cancer in his brain and his neck. The doctor comes with the result a
couple of days later and says "It's terminal."
Lemmy's doctor had given him between two and six months to live.
Following the terminal diagnosis, Rainbow Bar owner Mikael Maglieri
brought a video game machine that
Lemmy was fond of playing at the
establishment over to his apartment so he could continue playing it
from his bedside. Although his manager had planned to keep the
news private until his eventual death,
Lemmy strongly encouraged him
to make the diagnosis public in early 2016, but he died before a press
release could be drafted.
Lemmy's memorial service took place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park,
Hollywood Hills, on 9 January 2016. The service was streamed live
over YouTube with more than 230,000 people logging on to watch,
while others gathered at the Rainbow. His body was cremated following
the funeral. His remains were placed in a 3D-printed mantelpiece
shaped like his trademark cavalry hat and emblazoned with the slogan
"born to lose, lived to win". The piece was on display during his
funeral and was later interred at Forest Lawn.
In various media, additional tributes appeared from fellow rock stars
such as Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Metallica,
Scott Ian of
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi.
Reviewing his career after his death,
The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph said:
Over the years as guitarists and drummers passed through
Lemmy remained the grizzled heart of the
machine. His bronchial rasp—directed into a towering microphone
tilted down into his weather-beaten face, was one of the most
recognisable voices in rock, while his
Rickenbacker guitar recast the
bass as an overpowered, distorted rhythmic rumble.
In 2005, the UK magazine Classic Rock presented
Lemmy with its first
"Living Legend" award. In a 2013 interview with the magazine,
Lemmy said he had never expected to make it to 30, but he spoke very
pointedly about the future, indicating neither he nor the band were
obsessing about the end:
Death is an inevitability, isn't it? You become more aware of that
when you get to my age. I don't worry about it. I'm ready for it. When
I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I
couldn't complain. It's been good.
In February 2016, the Hollywood Vampires performed at the Grammy Award
ceremony as a tribute to Lemmy. On 11 June,
Download Festival paid
Lemmy by renaming the main stage the "
Lemmy Stage", and in
the slot where Motorhead were due to play, there was a video tribute
Lemmy in which they played his music and his peers talked about
him. On 17 November,
Metallica released a tribute
song titled "Murder One", named after Lemmy's frequently used amp. The
song, from their album Hardwired... to Self-Destruct, depicts Lemmy's
rise to fame. On 18 January 2017,
Lemmy was inducted into the Hall of
Metal History for being the creator of thrash metal. In
2017, the extinct crocodile-relative Lemmysuchus was named after
Collaborations and songwriting
Lemmy worked with several musicians, apart from his Motörhead
bandmates, over the course of his career. He wrote the song
"R.A.M.O.N.E.S" for the Ramones, which he played in his live sets as a
tribute to the band. He was brought in as a songwriter for Ozzy
No More Tears
No More Tears album, providing lyrics for the tracks
Motörhead later recorded themselves and released
as a single), "Desire," "I Don't Want to Change the World" and the
single "Mama I'm Coming Home".
Lemmy noted in several magazine and
television interviews that he made more money from the royalties of
that one song than he had in his entire time with Motörhead. After
being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2000, for which he was
Lemmy again appeared with
Lemmy published his autobiography, White Line
Fever, in November 2002. In 2005
Motörhead won their first Grammy in
Metal Performance category with their cover of Metallica's
"Whiplash". In the same year he began recording an unreleased solo
Lemmy & Friends, which was intended to include a
collaboration with Janet Jackson.
Film and television
Lemmy made appearances in film and television, including the 1990
science fiction film Hardware and the 1987 comedy Eat the Rich, for
Motörhead also recorded the soundtracks including the title
song. He appeared as himself in the 1986
The Comic Strip Presents...
episode More Bad News, along with fellow heavy metal musicians Ozzy
Osbourne, the Scorpions and Def Leppard. In 1984,
Motörhead were the
musical guests on the TV show The Young Ones, in the episode "Bambi".
He appears in the 1994 comedy
Airheads (in which he is credited as
Lemmy von Motörhead").
Lemmy has a cameo in Ron Jeremy's
1994 pornographic film
John Wayne Bobbitt Uncut as the discoverer of
Bobbitt's severed penis. The appendage is thrown from the window of a
moving car and lands at Lemmy's feet who exclaims: "Looks like a dick!
Fucking hell! Ah well, it's not mine at least." The film's soundtrack
also features the
Motörhead song "Under the Knife".
He has also appeared in several movies from
including the narrator in 1996's
Tromeo and Juliet
Tromeo and Juliet and as himself in
Terror Firmer and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV. His last
role was portraying the President of the United States in Return to
Nuke 'Em High. He has a cameo role in the film Down and Out with the
Dolls (Kurt Voss, 2001). He appears as a lodger who lives in a
closet. He appeared[when?] on Down and Dirty with Jim Norton as
the series DJ, and also wrote the theme music. He appeared in a
2001 advertisement for Kit Kat, playing violin as part of a string
quartet in a genteel tearoom. In 2015
Lemmy appeared as a central
figure in the Björn Tagemose-directed silent film Gutterdämmerung
opposite Grace Jones, Henry Rollins, Iggy Pop,
Tom Araya of
Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes.
The 2010 rockumentary film
Lemmy was directed and produced by Greg
Olliver and Wes Orshoski. It consists of a combination of 16 mm film
and HD video footage, produced over three years. It features
interviews with friends, peers, and admirers such as Dave Grohl,
Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and
Robert Trujillo of Metallica,
David Ellefson of Megadeth,
Scott Ian of
Anthrax, Alice Cooper,
Peter Hook of Joy Division/New Order, Dee
Snider, Nikki Sixx, Mick Jones of the Clash, Ice-T, Kat Von D, Henry
Lars Frederiksen of Rancid, Jim Heath of The Reverend Horton
Slim Jim Phantom
Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats, Mike Inez, Joan Jett, pro
skateboarder Geoff Rowley, pro wrestler Triple H, "Fast" Eddie Clarke,
Jarvis Cocker, Marky Ramone, former
Dave Brock and
Stacia, and Steve Vai.
In video games
He was the main character in the 16-bit video game Motörhead,
released for the Commodore
Atari ST in 1992. Lemmy
provided his voice as the Arms Dealer in the 2006 game Scarface: The
World Is Yours.
Lemmy also appeared as an unlockable character in
the 2009 game Guitar Hero: Metallica. He also provided his voice
for the 2009 video game Brütal Legend, voicing the Kill Master, a
character designed and based on his surname and likeness. Lemmy
was also the inspiration for the Mario game character
which made its first appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3.
Lemmy in his usual singing stance, May 2005
Lemmy positioned his microphone in an uncommonly high position, angled
so that he appeared to be looking up at the sky rather than at the
audience. He said that it was for "personal comfort, that's all. It's
also one way of avoiding seeing the audience. In the days when we only
had ten people and a dog, it was a way of avoiding seeing that we only
had ten people and a dog."
Lemmy's first bass was a Hopf model that he bought soon after joining
Hawkwind. For the majority of his career, he used Rickenbacker
basses. In September 1996, his
Rickenbacker bass was featured in
the Bang Your Head exhibition at the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in
Cleveland, Ohio, US.
Rickenbacker have introduced a signature
Lemmy Kilmister" bass. He used a large, powerful, loud
bass stack made by Marshall Amplification. Specifically, he used
Marshall JMP Super Bass amplifier heads to drive three cabinets, each
with four 15" speakers; the three heads were labelled "Killer," "No
Remorse," and "Murder One". After he blew up "Murder One" he replaced
it with a Marshall he named "Marsha". Early on he used perhaps his
best known amp named "Hammer".
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Member of the Rockin' Vickers
1965 – "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" / "Stella" (7" single)
1965 – "It's Alright" / "Stay By Me" (7" single)
1966 – "Dandy" / "I Don't Need Your Kind" (7" single)
2000 – The Complete: It's Alright (compilation)
Member of Sam Gopal
1969 – Escalator
1969 – "Horse" / "Back Door Man" (7" single)
Member of Hawkwind
1972 – "Silver Machine" / "Seven by Seven" (7" single)
1972 – Glastonbury Fayre – contains "Silver Machine" and "Welcome
to the Future"
Greasy Truckers Party
Greasy Truckers Party – contains "Born to Go" and "Master
of the Universe" (10/11
Hawkwind tracks on 2007 re-release)
1972 – Doremi Fasol Latido
1973 – "Lord of Light" / "Born to Go" (7" single)
1973 – "Urban Guerrilla" / "Brainbox Pollution" (7" single)
1973 – Space Ritual
1974 – Hall of the Mountain Grill
1974 – "Psychedelic Warlords" / "It's So Easy" (7" single)
1975 – "Kings of Speed" / "Motorhead" (7" single)
1975 – Warrior on the Edge of Time
The Weird Tapes
The Weird Tapes (live and out-takes, 1967–1982)
The Earth Ritual Preview
The Earth Ritual Preview EP (guest appearance as bass and
backing vocals on Night of the Hawks)
Bring Me the Head of Yuri Gagarin
Bring Me the Head of Yuri Gagarin (live 1973)
Space Ritual#Volume 2
Space Ritual#Volume 2 (live 1972)
Hawkwind Anthology (live and out-takes, 1967–1982)
1991 – BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert (live 1972)
The Friday Rock Show Sessions
The Friday Rock Show Sessions (live 1986)
The 1999 Party
The 1999 Party (live 1974)
Member of Robert Calvert's band
1974 – "Ejection" / "Catch a Falling Starfighter" (7" single)
1974 – Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters
1980 – "Lord of the Hornets" / "The Greenfly and the Rose" (7"
Side projects and career-spanning groups
Lemmy & The Upsetters – Blue Suede Shoes
2000 – Lemmy, Slim Jim & Danny B (aka the Head Cat) – Lemmy,
Slim Jim & Danny B
The Head Cat – Fool's Paradise
The Head Cat – Rockin' the Cat Club: Live from the Sunset
Lemmy – Damage Case (Compilation)
2007 – Keli Raven &
Lemmy Kilmister "Bad Boyz 4 Life" (single).
The Head Cat – Walk The Walk…
Talk The Talk
1978 – The Doomed (one-off performance at the Electric Ballroom, 5
September 1978). Bootleg recording with Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible
and Rat Scabies. Brian James had left
The Damned and took the rights
to the name with him.
The Damned – "I Just Can't Be Happy Today" / "Ballroom
Lemmy on bass) / "Turkey Song" (7" single) – available
as bonus track on the reissued
Machine Gun Etiquette
Machine Gun Etiquette album
1980 – The Young & Moody Band – "Don't Do That" (7" & 12"
Motörhead & Girlschool) – St. Valentine's
Day Massacre EP
Wendy O. Williams
Wendy O. Williams – Stand by Your Man EP
1985 – Hear 'n Aid
1985 – The Crowd – You'll Never Walk Alone (Bradford City F.C.
2011 – Emergency – Livewire +
Rudy Sarzo vocals
Albert Järvinen Band – Countdown
1986 – Boys Don't Cry – "I Wanna Be a Cowboy" (appears in the
Nina Hagen –
Nina Hagen – guests on "Where's the Party"
Bootsauce – Bull – guests on "Hold Tight"
1994 – Fast
Eddie Clarke –
It Ain't Over till It's Over
It Ain't Over till It's Over – guests
on "Laugh at the Devil".
Shonen Knife –
Rock Animals – guests on "Tomato Head"
single remix (Track 3 – "
Lemmy in There Mix") – not the album
Skew Siskin – Electric Chair Music
Ugly Kid Joe
Ugly Kid Joe – Motel California
1996 – Myth, Dreams of the World – Stories of the Greek &
Roman Gods & Goddesses
Skew Siskin – Voices from the War
We're Outta Here!
We're Outta Here! – guests on "R.A.M.O.N.E.S."
1999 – Jetboy – Lost & Found
Skew Siskin – What the Hell
A.N.I.M.A.L. – Usa Toda Tu Fuerza – guests on a version
of AC/DC's "Highway to Hell"
2000 – Doro – Calling the Wild
2000 – Swing Cats – A
Special Tribute to
Elvis – guests on "Good
Rockin' Tonight", "Trying to Get to You" and "Stuck on You"
2001 – The Pirates – Rock Bottom
2001 – Hair of the Dog – Ignite – guests on "Law"
2002 – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,
Mike Batt and guests –
Philharmania – guests on "Eve of Destruction"
2003 – Ace Sounds – Still Hungry
Skew Siskin – Album of the Year
Probot – guests on "Shake Your Blood"
Throw Rag – 13 Ft. and Rising – guests on "Tonight the
Bottle Let Me Down"
2006 – Doro –
20 Years – A Warrior Soul
20 Years – A Warrior Soul – guests on "Love Me
Forever" and "All We Are"
2007 – Meldrum – Blowin' Up The Machine – guests on "Miss Me
When I'm Gone"
2007 – The Warriors – Genuine Sense of Outrage – guests on
"Price of Punishment"
2007 – Keli Raven single "Bad Boyz 4 Life" (co-writer and guest
2008 – Airbourne – Guest actor on Airbourne's "Runnin' Wild" Music
2008 – We Wish You a
Metal Christmas – Run Run Rudolph
2008 – Legacy –
Girlschool album – Don't
Talk to Me vocals,
bass, triangle and lyrics.
2009 – Queen V – Death or Glory – guests on "Wasted"
Brütal Legend (video game) – The Kill Master (voice)
2010 – Slash – Slash – "Doctor Alibi" (vocals and bass)
Michael Monroe –
Sensory Overdrive guests on "Debauchery As
A Fine Art"
2012 – Doro –
Raise Your Fist
Raise Your Fist guest on "It Stll Hurts"
Nashville Pussy – Guest on Nashville Pussy's song "Lazy
Jesus" on the re-release of the album "From Hell to Texas"
2014 – Emigrate – Guest bass and vocals on track Rock City, from
their album Silent So Long
Film soundtracks, tribute, wrestling and various artists albums
1990 – Hardware: Original Soundtrack – contains "A Piece of Pipe"
by Kaduta Massi with Lemmy
1990 – The Last Temptation of Elvis: Blue Suede Shoes – contains
"Blue Suede Shoes" by
Lemmy & The Upsetters
1994 – Airheads: Cameo on film and performing "Born to Raise Hell"
on the soundtrack
1997 – Dragon Attack: A Tribute to Queen – performs on "Tie Your
1998 – Thunderbolt: A Tribute to
AC/DC – performs on "It's a Long
Way to the Top"
1998 – ECW: Extreme Music – contains a cover of Metallica's "Enter
2000 – Bat Head Soup – Tribute to
Ozzy Osbourne – performs on
WWF The Music, Vol. 5
WWF The Music, Vol. 5 - "The Game"
2001 – Frezno Smooth: Original Soundtrack – contains a version of
Twisted Sister's "Hardcore" by Lemmy
2001 – A Tribute to Metallica: Metallic Assault – performs on
"Nothing Else Matters"
2002 – Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis
Three – performs on "Thirsty & Miserable"
Metal Brigade – performs on "Good Rockin' Tonight" by Lemmy
and Johnny Ramone
2004 – Spin the Bottle – An All-Star Tribute to KISS – performs
on "Shout It Out Loud"
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie – performs "You Better
2004 – ThemeAddict: WWE The Music, Vol. 6 - "Line in the Sand"
2005 – Numbers from the Beast: An All Star Salute to Iron Maiden –
performs on "The Trooper"
2005 – Metal: A Headbangers Journey
WWE Wreckless Intent
WWE Wreckless Intent - "King of Kings"
2006 – Flying High Again: The World's Greatest Tribute to Ozzy
Osbourne – Performs "Desire" with Richie Kotzen
2006 – Cover Me in '80s
Metal (Fantastic Price Records) – Metal
artists covering the hits of others. Performs AC/DC's "It's a Long Way
to the Top".
2006 – Butchering the Beatles: A Headbashing Tribute – Performs
"Back in the USSR".
2009 – Flip Skateboards Presents Extremely Sorry – Performs "Stand
By Me" with Baron and Dave Lombardo.
Danko Jones – Full of Regret – Stars in the music video
Elijah Wood and Selma Blair
Foo Fighters –
White Limo – Stars in the music video
Video tape/laser disc
1982 Live in Toronto – Castle Hendring
Another Perfect Day
Another Perfect Day EP
1985 Birthday Party
1986 Deaf Not Blind
1987 More Bad News
1988 The Decline of Western Civilization II: The
1990 Hardware (
Lemmy was cast as a water taxi driver; and plays a
recording of "Ace of Spades" for his passengers).
1991 Everything Louder than Everyone Else
1987 Eat the Rich
Airheads – cameo as "The Rocker" who "was editor of the school
Tromeo and Juliet
Tromeo and Juliet – cast as Narrator,
1999 Terror Firmer
2001 Down and Out with the Dolls – as Joe
2001 25 & Alive Boneshaker
WrestleMania X-Seven – Performing Triple-H's entrance theme
"The Game" live
2001 Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV – as a Tromaville citizen
2002 The Best of Motörhead
Special Edition EP
2003 Charlie's Death Wish – as himself
2004 Everything Louder than Everything Else
2005 Stage Fright (also HD-DVD 2007)
2005 Ringers: Lord of the Fans
WrestleMania 21 Performing "The Game"
2005 Metal: A Headbanger's Journey
The Head Cat Live: Rockin' the Cat Club
2006 Foo Fighters: Hyde Park
The Wörld Is Yours
The Wörld Is Yours bonus DVD
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Love in Space
Canterbury Fayre 2001
Spaced Out in London
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