Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Motorhead - Under Cover

So here comes the second of countless inevitable post humous Motorhead releases. I mean it's to be expected, Lemmy was an icon across all of rock and roll and there is a lot of money to be made. Simultaneously the releases thus far have all been rather tasteful, tributes to the great man rather than an attempt to cash in. This latest offering Under Cover is actually something that I have wanted for a long time, a veritable best of of Motorheads many covers. Always one of my favorite parts of the band, Under Cover is a serviceable testament to this side of their storied history.

Now I say merely serviceable for a few reasons. Motorhead recorded dozens of covers throughout their career, including a few truly beloved ones that aren't documented here, like Enter Sandman and of course Louie Louie. It also might have been cool if they had included the track R.A.M.O.N.E.S which was actually a Motorhead song the Ramones went on to cover. Still, as a document of one of the sillier sides of this band Under Cover is a masterful release. While yes I would have liked to have seen a little bit more set up from these guys I certainly think that this might be the very best that we are going to get.

It's kind of funny to me that Motorhead have so much recorded cover material that thjey can make a best of out of that alone, but that also speaks to how much goddamn music Lemmy wrote during his life. The beauty of Under Cover is the simple fact that it covers every side of the Motorhead experience, from straight up rockers like Whiplash, exciting collaborations like Starstruck and then mournful and more powerful tracks, most notably the sole new offering here, the cover of David Bowie's Heroes. Something that should appeal to more than just a completionist Under Cover is a motherfucker of an album I certainly will be coming back to.

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