Motörhead is a band that has been covered by many bands over the years. I can’t even begin to count the number of bands that have covered Motörhead songs. That being said, there are only a few songs that Motörhead has covered themselves. These are the true gems that signify greatness. If Lemmy and the boys covered your band you must have a pretty badass song. It has been almost two years since the world lost Lemmy, and we now have an album of songs that Motörhead covered over the years. The appropriately titled Under Cover is a collection of the songs that Motörhead found to be inspiring enough to cover.
Under Cover is a smorgasbord of some of the best Rock and Roll bands ever. Two songs by the Rolling Stones are featured on the album, “Jumping Jack Flash” and “Sympathy for the Devil.” They are both great songs but Lemmy’s vocals on “Sympathy for the Devil” are amazing. He catches the ambiance of the song perfectly. Another great track on the album is Motörhead’s rendition of the David Bowie classic “Hero’s.” The song was recorded in 2015 and shows a side of Lemmy’s voice rarely heard. The song is a rocking song with a soft vocal performance by Lemmy. No screaming just some soft harmonizing. The best song on the album though, is the oldest recording of them all. It is The Sex Pistols anthem “God Save the Queen.” This song was recorded by Motörhead in 2000 and appeared on We are Motörhead album. Lemmy voice is as defiant sounding as Johnny Rotten’s voice was on the original. If you have never heard this song it is an amazing tribute to The Sex Pistols. The video for this song is a must see too. Imagine Motörhead riding around the streets of London on a double decker bus playing “God Save the Queen” and the bus is being driven by the Queen herself.
As I mentioned earlier Under Cover is not an album of random bands covering Motörhead songs it is the legends themselves covering some classic Rock and Roll anthems. If you are a Motörhead fan you already have this album but if you are a casual Motörhead fan you need this album in your collection because it showcases bands that Motorhead admired and a side of the band not normally heard. Under Cover is available now via Silver Lining Music/Motörhead Music.