Reason #387 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Ace Of Spades and No Remorse
Back in the 1970’s and early 1980’s Motorhead was a band that both punks and head bangers could enjoy jointly. This is unique in that there weren’t many bands that crossed that barrier, and believe me when I tell you there really was a barrier betwixt the two genres. Motorhead was more metal than punk, if you ask me; in their look, especially, and in their music, albeit less so. It was their attitude/demeanor, their lyrics and the way they played their songs that made the punks embrace them and let them proudly enter as a member of the club.
Silly labels aside, I submit that Motorhead was just as important and historically relevant as The Stooges and perhaps even the Velvet Underground. 1980’s Ace Of Spades is the undisputed classic but neophytes should start with the classic, first and best compilation (released 1984) entitled No Remorse. As allmusic says, “No remorse is to Motorhead what We Sold Our Soul is to Black Sabbath–an age-old collection that every metalhead seemed to own at some point, the one that seemed to define the band for generations on end.”