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I don’t know if Matt Groening has considered this unusual The Simpsons plot option, but Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister is sounding more and more like the Grandpa character each and every time when he sings. With diction only slightly better than Ozzy’s, Lemmy is certainly the overall conversation for the biggest mush-mouth in rock.

This year, Coachella has recognized Motorhead’s unique place in rock history by including the band in its annual hip April rock festival. Indeed, fast songs like “End of Time” off the new Aftershock album will appeal as much to old school punk rockers, as it will to British metal Judas Priest-heads. The key to a great Motorhead song is not ever fleet-fingered solos, but memorable riffs. And “End of Time” is one example of Motorhead once again taking a hook and sticking flush into the soft side of your head.

You could say Motorhead has pretty much been recycling the same “Ace of Spades” rock riff for decades. But hey, The Ramones and AC/DC did the same thing with their music for whole careers and nobody holds it against eight of them. When you find something that works, you stick with it, right?

Just to prove us all wrong, however, Motorhead does give us “Lost Woman Blues,” which – just as its specific title suggests – is a straight rock blues song. It’s a slow, sludgy, sad blues track that is more of a sonic relief than any sort of an unexpected artistic growth spurt. Nevertheless, it’s a nice inclusion. Motorhead also shows us its quieter side with “Dust and Glass.” But for the most part, this is hard, fast rules rock music.

Amazingly, Lemmy and band are still at it. They’ll probably keep on going until they die. They might still look a little foolish, just like grandma on The Simpsons, but like that old coot, they’re patriarchs. Therefore, we’re obligated to keep them around and show our respect.

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