Lemmy MovieGreg Olliver & Wes Orshoski : Lemmy -2dvd-(UK/US,2010)****+*°°
49% Motherf**ker. 51% Son of a Bitch
This documentary, which nowadays is already considered to be THE (long overdue) documentary, follows Lemmy during a tour, backstage, home and while shopping/hopping or while being in his favourite bar in LA (where he currently resides).
In the middle of the movie it shows a bit of history (from most former bands, especially with more information about the Mocking Vickers, the effect on Hawkwind and how his cooperation there ended abruptly, and of course a bit about Motörhead). As it often happens in music documentaries, they also made a collage of what people say about Lemmy, which is nothing but good (-not that it would matter if anyone would have anything negative to say at all-). (-I already had the impression before there hardly can be anyone who’s able to be honest with himself not to at least sympathise with him as a person), even in this way of background stimulation, this still contributes fairly to show an honest portrait of who Lemmy is and what he has to say.
What I personally admire about Lemmy is the no-bullshit attitude, the straight-forwardness and the simple honesty, and that in all this he’s able to see what really is going on in others and what is needed around, like a caring person with a good heart and that is able to express every essence he realises with full power and with the Kundalini of life. From all heavy music, I personally don’t consider Motörhead as being heavy metal except when all other heavy metal isn’t. One could place it on its own, like a genre/band that is loved by punks and rockers alike. At a certain stage in my own lifetime, when I tried to get rid of some hard rock in my collection, I could and would never do that with the Motörhead’s LP’s, ever.
The bit of humour on the road makes the experience of the documentary complete. We are able to witness a well-fit Metallica performance with Lemmy on stage, and a few good live moments luckily were kept too. It was a 2 hours worth watching, which I think might even be worth it to show it to some pussy’s, because you get the time for it to get used to something that is a bit louder via many more facts that surround the experience before being given to it, especially near the end.
From the 200 minutes of bonus material on DVD I also enjoyed the live in Berlin show from around this time that was included. I didn’t realise how much the current band still was able to get still a powerful impression towards us.
Personal favourite albums : Overkill (1979)***** followed by Ace Of Spades (1980)***** and Another Perfect Day (1983)***** followed by Bomber, Motorhead,..
After my promting of the film to my girlfriend she said rightfully : “I know Lemmy is to you like the kind of father you never had”. She is right.
I know I must still better check Motörhead’s later releases. There might be more rock’n roll involved and less of life messages, but how can I know for sure? Songs can be made to power or to something powerful in various ways.
Lemmy played with Sam Gopal & Hawkwind before. Sam Gopal review here