CD Reviews

Motörhead – Under Cover

Written by Jane Deaux

Proving that legends never die, Lemmy and Motörhead have returned with a new album of favorites ‘Under Cover‘.

During their time together, Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee loved to grab a favorite song by another artist and give it a good old-fashioned “Motörheading”, and with ‘Under Cover‘ we get the chance to experience a treasure trove. Some songs you may have heard, some not. For me, there’s one track that peaked my interest immediately after reading the track list notes…

As a David Bowie fan, we’re treated to the previously unreleased version of the classic ‘Heroes‘. Recorded during the Bad Magic album sessions in 2015 by producer Cameron Webb, it was one of the last songs the band recorded together. “It’s such a great Bowie song, one of his best, and I could only see great things coming out of it from us, and so it proved to be,” says Phil Campbell, “and Lemmy ended up loving our version.” “He was very, very proud of it,” says Mikkey Dee, “not only because it turned out so well but because it was fun! Which is what projects like this should be – fun!”

And this, my friends, is what rock n’ roll should be about (because it is rock n’ roll… Lemmy says so)…. FUN. It’s also a timely a reminder as to the legacy of not just Lemmy and Motörhead, but to the songs that are represented so well on ‘Under Cover‘. From Judas Priest‘s ‘Breaking The Law‘, to Sex Pistol‘s ‘God Save The Queen‘, The RamonesRockaway Beach‘ (pre internet: how many bands could appeal such a strong crossover from rock, metal to punk fans), the track listing on ‘Under Cover‘ is a down the pub, Friday night jukebox smash. ‘Hellraiser‘ (co-written by Lemmy, Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde) makes a welcome appearance, as does Metallica‘s ‘Whiplash‘ (can you imagine the smile on James Hetfield’s and Lars Ulrich’s faces when they heard this?) which earned Motörhead a Grammy in 2005 for Best Metal Performance.

And there’s more… Rainbow’s stellar ‘Starstruck‘ features (originally taken from the band’s debut ‘Rising‘ with Ronnie James Dio) and it fits in very nicely thank you, doing what it says on the tin with Saxon’s Bill Byford on vocal duties.

If you’re looking for something to put a smile on your face, and to remind yourself (not that we need reminding) that “Lemmy Kilmister gave rock n’ roll to you”… ‘Under Cover’ is a must.

Score 9/10

Track List
1. “Breaking the Law” (Judas Priest) 2008
2. “God Save the Queen” (Sex Pistols) 2000
3. “Heroes” (David Bowie) 2015
4. “Starstruck” (Dio) 2014
5. “Cat Scratch Fever” (Ted Nugent) 1992
6. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (The Rolling Stones) 2001
7. “Sympathy for the Devil” (The Rolling Stones) 2015
8. “Hellraiser” (Ozzy Osbourne) 1992
9. “Rockaway Beach” (Ramones) 2002
10. “Shoot ‘Em Down” (Twisted Sister) 2001
11. “Whiplash” (Metallica) 2005

Release Date
1st September 2017
Available in the following formats:
1CD (Digi pack)
1x 180 grams Black Vinyl in a gatefold
Super Deluxe Boxset containing the 1CD digipack, 1x 180 grams Black Vinyl in a gatefold, a VIP guest pass & a back patch
Standard digital audio
MFiT Audio
Motorhead Music

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About the author

Jane Deaux

Some say her face is inside out after reaching terminal velocity after jumping 136,895 feet WITHOUT a drogue.

All we know for certain is that she smells of 7 day old candyfloss & can hurt peoples feelings at 100 paces.