Friday, 24 June 2011

Motörhead - No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith

Here's another classic live show for your enjoyment. This time it's those old rockers Motörhead and the No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith album, released in June 1981. They were formed in 1975 by bassist and singer Lemmy (Ian Kilmister) after he got kicked out of Hawkwind for, as he says, "doing the wrong drugs".

With the exception of "Iron Horse / Born To Lose" which was from a 1980 show, this was recorded at the Leeds and Newcastle shows during the Short, Sharp Pain In The Neck five-date tour in 1981. The name of the tour was a reference to the injury sustained by Phil Taylor when he was dropped on his head during some after-show horseplay. Despite the title of the album, the London venue the Hammersmith Odeon was not played on the tour. The actual shows were:
  • 27 March 1981: West Runton Pavilion, Norfolk
  • 28 March 1981: Queens Hall, Leeds
  • 29 March 1981: City Hall, Newcastle
  • 30 March 1981: City Hall, Newcastle
  • 03 April 1981: Maysfield Leisure Centre, Belfast

I saw them play on their tenth anniversary gig at the Hammersmith Odeon and they were excellent. This album captures their live sound perfectly and even if you've heard it before it's well worth another listen. This is actually from a later re-release which includes some bonus tracks not on the original album.


Here's the tracklisting (320kbps)...
01) Ace Of Spades
02) Stay Clean
03) Metropolis
04) The Hammer
05) Iron Horse Born To Lose
06) No Class
07) Overkill
08) (We Are) The Road Crew
09) Capricorn
10) Bomber
11) Motörhead
12) Over The Top
13) Shoot You In The Back
14) Jailbait
15) Leaving Here
16) Fire Fire
17) Too Late, Too Late
18) Bite The Bullet/The Chase Is Better Than The Catch


Note: If the above links don't work try the following from mediafire...


  1. Nice one, ernestembryo! You might well like this one too, Blitzkrieg On Birmingham (Town Hall, 03.06.77), one of the earliest Motorhead recordings later officially released but now out-of-print, I believe: . The very first Motorhead gig was 20.07.75 at the Roundhouse, and was recorded - an audience recording rougher than a badger's arse, but if you really want it, it's here, remastered: Cheers, Dave Sez.

  2. and another thanks goes to Dave. I'm definitely gonna grab the Birmingham one. I'm not sure I'll bother with the first gig... though it would be interesting to hear.

    Nice one :D

  3. You're probably right, ernest, that first gig is real rough; I got it to archive the Lemmy-Hawkwind angle but can't say I listen to it often (at all). However, no Lemming can do without Sam Gopal (1969) with Lemmy on guitar and vocals ... just a mo' ... yes, a live link here, all the way from Brazil:

    Lemmy's compilation double CD "Damage Case" also has his Rockin' Vicars ... cheers, Dave Sez.

  4. nice one. Ive never even heard of them but I just checked their wiki page and they definitely sound interesting so I'll grab that album.

    ... and once again I am in your debt :) cheers mate