For the 1981 live recording, see Motorhead (live).
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Single by Motörhead
from the album Motörhead
B-side "City Kids"
Released June 1977
Format 7"
Recorded Escape Studios
London 1977
Length 3:13
Label Chiswick Records
Writer(s) Ian Kilmister
Producer Speedy Keen
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1979 Chiswick picture disc (B-side)
1979 Chiswick picture disc (B-side)

"Motorhead" was recorded and released by Motörhead as a 7" vinyl single in June 1977, initially issued with the 'Map Of Chiswick' label, later it was switched to the 'Big Beat' label and pressed in other formats.[1] The reverse cover is taken up almost entirely with the song's lyrics, printed in a lowercase form of blackletter. Most of the original vinyls have the words "a porky prime cut" inscribed on the disc, near the label, a variety of supporting messages also appear. Chiswick also released a special 12" vinyl edition which was limited to 12,500 copies, it has the same sleeve, tracks and catalogue number - Chiswick S13.[2]

On April 28, 1979 Lemmy was interviewed by John Tobler on BBC Radio 1's 'Rock on Saturday' show, "Motorhead", "Leaving Here" and "Limb from Limb" were played.[1]

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In September 1979 Chiswick released a 7" vinyl picture disc in two pressings, black & white, and blue & white as well as single colour pressings in black, blue, pink, orange and white vinyl - catalogued Big Beat NSP13 and NS13 respectively.[2]

In 1981, a live recording, "Motorhead" was released as a single and reached #6 in the UK Singles Charts.[2]

In 2008 The song was released as DLC for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, with two other Motörhead songs.

Single track listingEdit

  1. "Motorhead" (Ian Kilmister)
  2. "City Kids" (Larry Wallis, Duncan Sanderson)


  • Fast Eddie Clarke – Guitars, vocals
  • Philthy Animal Taylor – Drums
  • Lemmy (Ian Kilmister) – Bass, lead vocals
  • Engineered by John Burns.
  • Photographs - Motorcycle Irene.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Burridge, Alan Illustrated Collector's Guide to Motörhead Published: 1995, Collector's Guide Publishing ISBN 0-9695736-2-6. Section reference for Special Releases.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Burridge, Alan (April 1991). "Motörhead". Record Collector (140): 17–18 and 21. 
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