Yesterday I received possibly the most epic movie ever to grace my Netflix queue.
The moment it gets to the main menu, I'm already like: "I'M F***IN' IN!!!!" The menu has a new recorded version of Damage Case and on the surround sound, your subwoofer will instantly get a workout!
If you haven't heard of Lemmy before, either you need to stop listening to the Easy Listening channel, or you don't listen to music at all...in either case, Lemmy Kilmeister is the frontman and the only original member of Motorhead, he also was in a band called Hawkwind -- a space punk group which has been called the link between hippie music and punk -- but nothing like what he does now. He's also collaborated with hundreds of artists from the hard rock and heavy metal genres from Dave Grohl's side project Probot to Slash. Lemmy has also covered songs by the Beatles, AC/DC, and Metallica as well as lending a song to the Spongebob Squarepants Movie soundtrack called "You Gotta Swim," the video posted here:
The movie starts off showing bits and pieces of Lemmy out and about in daily life and showing him in L.A. as well as performing on the set of "Californication" -- A show with David Duchovny on the Showtime network -- and out at a record store looking for the mono set of the Beatles collection.
It then continues on to show a lot more people talking about the man as they see him and how he's made his name in the world today. Notable names include: Joan Jett, Dave Grohl (who also is shown performing with Lemmy during the making of the Run Rudolph Run cover for We Wish You A Metal Xmas compilation), Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Scott Ian, and many others. Other scenes show Lemmy's love for the one-armed bandits, and sitting at The Rainbow.
Then the movie takes a turn and talks about his early career, and how he's inspired countless youth with his music, as one gentleman at a school plays "Ace Of Spades" on the piano. Then it talks about his family life and his son. How his son came to meet his dad. It continues to follow the family arc foor a bit of the time...but great stories are told from Lemmy and son. It's also nice to see that not EVERY rock star has a clean home!
After the family arc, we get a glimpse into Lemmy's hobbies and passions. We then find out he's a World War I and II buff and loves everything associated with those wars, he shows off his collection of swords, and plays with a replica tank. Later, we get to see him in a REAL German tank!
If you're looking for this movie to glorify Motorhead above all else in Lemmy's life, you're going to be sorely disappointed. But, if you're a Lemmy fan and you're looking for more of what makes the man tick, this movie is perfect in every way. Lots of great interviews with people who knew the man up close and personal, covering the life of a 66-year-old badass, and good music, when it is played.
One of the best moments is when Lemmy is playing with Dave Grohl in studio, Lemmy is checking his levels so he can hear over Dave's drumming, and the next thing you know, both of them are just jamming out in the studio. That kind of give and take is what this movie is about!
So get to your local store, get it on your Netflix queue, just find a way to watch this!