Ten things: Lemmy

Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister formed Motörhead (nee Bastard) in 1975. They play Brixton Academy on Saturday 25th November

  • 1 When playing ‘The Ace Of Spades’ live, Lemmy sang the chorus as ‘the eight of spades’…

    ‘I did it for about six or seven years, it was funny. Nobody ever noticed. Not even the band. Occasionally I still do it now. It’s good for a laugh.’

    2 Addressing the Welsh Assembly on the dangers of drugs, he called for heroin to be legalised…

    ‘I didn’t say all drugs are bad. I said heroin was the most dangerous one and it should be legalised so you can keep track of it. They’re weren’t expecting me to do that. They went very quiet.’

    3 Lemmy was supposedly told his blood was so toxic a transfusion of pure blood would kill him…

    ‘Actually, I was told not to give anyone else a transfusion cause it’d kill them. I’ve never tried doing it, though – they told me not to didn’t they? Heh heh.’

    4 He contributed a track to the ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’ movie soundtrack…

    ‘Yeah, I rewrote ‘You Better Run’ to ‘You Better Swim’. Heh heh. I’ve never seen the film. I’ve seen the cartoon a couple of times with the sound off when it’s come up on TV. I hear it’s quite mindbending, especially if you’ve been smoking dope, no doubt.’

    5 There’s a character named after him in ‘Super Mario Bros’…

    ‘They never asked my permission. I think it was before they ever heard of me, actually. It’s the evil one isn’t it? I suppose I’m kind of flattered.’

    6 He’s the world’s biggest Little Richard fan…

    ‘Elvis might have been the first, but Little Richard was the best. I haven’t got one of his Bibles, though [Richard now hands out Bibles to the crowds at his gigs]. I haven’t been to see him recently.’

    7 He’s in more adverts than Barry Scott, having flogged Kit Kats, Walkers Crisps…

    ‘They just have to offer me the money. And if I don’t actively disagree with them then I’ll do it. And AXA Insurance, too. It’s ironic, really. I’ve actually never been insured for anything. I’m an optimist, y’know?’

    8 He’s in a new band, Head Cat, with The Stray Cats’ Slim Jim…

    ‘It’s great, though we only do it now and again. We’re playing rockabilly, the original. It’s fun. We thought: Why don’t we do an album. So we did one. Simple as that.’

    9 He won a Grammy last year for ‘Best Rock Performance’, whatever that means…

    ‘It would’ve meant a lot more if it was for one of our songs. I mean, a Grammy, so what? It’s only a bunch of arseholes in Hollywood, California talking about it. I mean, look at the other people they gave them to. I think it was kind of a mercy fuck anyway ’cause it was our thirtieth year.’

    10 Contrary to what Keith Emerson might have told you, Lemmy never gave him a pair of Hitlerjugend knives to play the organ with...

    ‘No. That’s not true, although he wrote it in his autobiography. It’s very strange, I don’t know where he got that from.’

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