Interview By Crin
I spoke to guitarist Phil Campbell who was masticating a mouthful of egg fried rice and asked about the smoothness of the new album ‘Hammered’ put in context with the more ragged predecessor "We Are Motorhead".
There are no provocative songs on the new album like ‘One More Fucking Time [We are Motorhead], Don’t let Daddy Kiss Me [Bastards] or 1916 ?
The track ‘Red Raw’ could be taken as a condition one might get after spending a few weeks in a brothel?
Lemmy’s lyrics have always reflected War in one form or another. With tracks from past albums titled, Marching off to War, Civil War, War for War and Dogs of War. Do the surrounding images of Battle torn lands and terror fueled events effect his lyrics?
After the release of the criminally ignored ‘1916’ album in 1991 and impressive ‘March or Die [‘92], the band seemed to loose their spark on the following ‘Bastards’ [‘93] and ‘Sacrifice’ [‘95]. From an Englishman’s perspective the band was disappearing from view having also relocated to the Los Angeles. Do you think the ‘Bastards’ and ‘ Sacrifice’ albums were weak releases?
I suppose Motorhead have transcended the bullshit and are above the scathing criticisms dished out by the journalists who are either having a bad hair day whilst writing their articles or are just miserable tossers. The harsh criticism that could destroy an up and coming band can’t really touch an established act like Motorhead, would you agree?
When you first joined the band in 1984 and suddenly found your self in the presence of Lemmy did you shit your pants?
What was the first song you played on?
How about the first studio recording you participated with?
The last single was ‘God Save the Queen’ originally released by the Sex Pistols in 1977. Whose idea was it to cover this track?
You have recorded a few covers, Twisted Sister, AC/DC, Ted Nugent and Metallica,
It was a sad day for music when Joey Ramone died. Did his death effect you?
With all the cover songs you have done it's possible we will see an album in the future featuring them all?
The title of the new album ‘Hammered’, was this something that just popped out of Lemmy's head?
How did you manage that?
Not wanting to verify the statement and having my doubts about the tongue and cheek nature of Mr Campbells voice I inquired about the albums cover art as my promo was as usual devoid of any cover art,
Yeah, I can imagine [not being any the wiser I might add]
The live environment is what Motorhead were born for,
With the recent release of the ‘Boneshaker’ DVD featuring the 25th anniversary gig at Brixton, I asked of the whereabouts of Wurzel as I never saw him on stage with the other guests?
Like any Motorhead gig it must be a nightmare to compile a set list that will please every one. A gig could comprise of the following and still run over time without playing any new material: Orgasmatron, Iron Fist, Ace of Spades, Overkill, Motorhead, Stone Dead Forever, Bite the Bullet, Bomber, Eat The Rich, Rock ‘n’ Roll, No Class, Stay Clean, Metropolis, Killed by Death, Iron Horse, Dead Men Tell no Tales, and so on. With such a huge back catalogue and the obvious need to appease the fans with older material it must cause internal conflict at times.
I have noticed at your past gigs the inclusion of new songs usually amounts to two or three at the most. Will you be airing more from Hammered’?
I also noticed you never play anything from ‘Another Perfect Day’?
Do you ever tire of playing ‘Ace of Spades’
After trawling the Internet a few months ago, searching for Porn I logged in Twatt and the search engine came up with Batt. Mike Batt to be precise as I had tapped in the wrong letters. I noticed this ex-Womble had released a vast Rock orchestral album titled ‘Philharmania Vol 1 in 1998, featuring none other than Lemmy doing a version of ‘Eve of Destruction’ with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Other contributors doing likewise classical versions of old chart fodder include, Status Quo, Roger Daltry, Joey Tempest [I’m feeling sick already], Justin Hayward and the ever-ghastly Marc Almond.
It’s true! I even downloaded it and it's weird shit. Lemmy croons along with a vast array of strings and female operatics. Not dissimilar to the Advert on TV where Lemmy plays the violin,
What has been your most memorable gig?
Your worst gig?
Have you ever been too pissed to play?
Lemmy had a hard time on ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ [A satirical piss taking show about music on BBC2] Do you think he made an error of judgement going on the show?
Lemmy comes across as someone who doesn’t take much shit. At a few gigs in the past I’ve heard him threaten to walk off stage if any more bottles were thrown at the band. You would have thought a show like ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ would have been the last place he would be?
Would you go on the show?
I was fifteen when I first heard Motorhead and although my hero-worshipping days are long gone, my son who is fifteen is also a Motorhead freak. I am always finding my Overkill green vinyl album in his room and that’s enough to make any grown man cry.
While the little brat was in his room blasting out Blink 182 [you may sigh, but I would rather that than the dance toss he could have got into] I called him over and mentioned Motorhead were on the phone. Of course he told me to piss off! And stop fucking about, but after I threatened to confiscate his drugs he succumbed to the fact he really was about to talk to Motorhead.
I asked Phil if he would mind my son closing the interview with my last questions concerning the band’s involvement with the WWF wrestling scene in the states.
Although a cab was waiting to Wisk him to Radio One he still had the decency to delay it and allow my son to have a few words.
So the little brat finished the interview with the following questions:
How did you get involved with the WWF?
You recorded a track called ‘The Game’, which is played often at the wrestling events.
That would be the one where Triple H is on the closing track ‘Serial Killer’. Will you be doing more stuff with the WWF?
With shouts of ‘Cab waiting’ emanating from the mic the interview was ended and Pill went on his way to another round of interviews.
The interview was taken from the www.live4metal.com