It reached Gold status in the UK by March It was preceded by the release of the title track as a single on 27 October, which peaked in the UK Singles Chart at No. I like Iron Maiden and Saxon out of the new mob, and that's about it, really We were too late for the first metal movement and early for the next one We're not straight heavy metal, because Bite The Bullet - Motörhead - Ace Of Spades a rock 'n' roll band, which no-one knows how to market anymore.
Regardless, the association with NWOBHM would be another positive element in the increasing momentum that would lead to the band's most successful commercial period at the beginning of the new decade. In fact, United Artists decided to finally release the band's "lost" first album at this time under the title On Parolewhich had originally been recorded in but shelved because it was deemed commercially unviable.
Next, the Big Beat label, which had taken over Chiswick 's catalogue, released Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers EPpackaging four extra tracks that the band had laid down for their debut album.
Maile, who had worked with the likes of Jimi HendrixLed Zeppelinand the Whohad crossed paths with Lemmy when he was a member of Hawkwind. The bassist recalls in his memoir White Line Fever :. He used to own a mobile studio — Hawkwind hired it out to do Space Ritual and he came with it Vic was a great man and a great producer, really brilliant Those were good times; we were winning, we were younger, and we believed it.
Vic Maille at the production helm used an expert ear to translate the monstrous live sound and feel of the band to vinyl. Diminutive and soft-spoken, Maille was well equipped to deal with the Bite The Bullet - Motörhead - Ace Of Spadeswho were notorious for in-fighting and general unmanageability.
Even if he was angry, he was angry like this: assumes soft-spoken tone 'You're not supposed to do it like that,' or 'Stop that boys. He was the Get Home Or Go Home - Hot Boogie Chillun - Get Hot Or Go Home one who told us we were all cunts and work harder. He had a very dry personae: 'Is that really the best shot you've got?
InClarke recalled to John Robinson of Uncut :. He didn't drink, he didn't smoke, and he was very delicate because he was diabetic. He had to have his Ryvita at six o'clock. We couldn't get heavy with him, couldn't fucking shake him, you know what I mean? He might die! So Bite The Bullet - Motörhead - Ace Of Spades had to listen to him.
Whereas the band had previously had an input at the mixing stage, Maile took sole responsibility here, Clarke explaining that the result was ". Vic got me singing instead of just shouting all the time. In his autobiography, White Line FeverLemmy speaks at length about the tune:. I used gambling metaphors, mostly cards and dice — when it comes to that sort of thing, I'm more into the slot machines actually, but you can't really sing about spinning fruit, and the wheels coming down.
Most of the song's just pokerreally - 'I know you've got to see me, read 'em and weep, Dead man's hand again, aces and eights' - that was Wild Bill Hickock 's hand when he got shot.
To be honest, although "Ace of Spades" is a good song, I'm sick Happiness Medley - Paul Johnson - P.J. And The Sonlife Kids death of it now. We've had quite a few good releases since then. But the fans want to hear it so we still play it every night. For myself, I've had enough of that song. I'm glad we got famous for that rather than for some turkey, but I sang 'The eight of spades' for two years and nobody noticed.
In the Classic Albums documentary on the making Isabel - Pirkka-Pekka Petelius - Muistan Sua Elaine the album, guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke declares:.
They were a good crew, and they were proud of how good they were. I would put them up against any crew in the Orient (Radio Edit) - Outside The Bounds - Orient / Splice. In the same film, Lemmy, who worked as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix and the Nicerecalls that he wrote the song "in ten minutes" and that when roadie Ian "Eagle" Dobbie heard the song "he had a tear in his eye".
Many of the songs, such as "Love Me Like a Reptile. Clarke explained to Classic Albums in We only thought of ourselves as a good time rock 'n' roll band, really But Bite The Bullet - Motörhead - Ace Of Spades weren't trying to get a message across, apart from have a good time, you know: get pissed, get stoned, and fuck a chick. And that'll do. After the Belfast show on 2 December, hijinks resulted in Taylor breaking his neck forcing him to wear a neck-brace and curtailing any further band activity.
The other members of the band took the opportunity to collaborate with Girlschool for the St. Valentine's Day Massacre EP. Originally the idea for the Bite The Bullet - Motörhead - Ace Of Spades cover was to have it in a sepia tone and have gunfighters at a card table, but they band decided against it. They decided instead to have themselves in the desert dressed as cowboys. The 'Arizona desert-style' pictures used on the album sleeve and tour programme were taken during a photo session at a sandpit in Barnet.
Contrary to popular belief, the sky was not real and was airbrushed in due to it being very cloudy that day. The album has been described as "one of the best metal Just One More Night - Dionne Warwick - Heartbreaker by any band, ever"  and has become a significantly influential 'hard rock classic.
There's no debating that. If ever a piece of music was a manifesto for the mad, bad and dangerous to know party then the title track is it.
Despite the band always referring to their music as Rock 'n' Roll the album, and particularly its title track have been considered amongst the most influential in the development of thrash metal.
The in-depth look at the making of the album includes interviews with and performances by Lemmy, Phil Taylor and Eddie Clarke. All tracks are written by KilmisterClarkeTaylor  except where noted. Per the Ace of Spades liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Record Collector : 18— PlayLouder article. Archived from the original on 12 August Retrieved 23 August Classic Albums. Season 5. Episode 3. Retrieved 7 August Robert Christgau.
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