85211-2 Iron Fist
Produced by Evil Red Neck (Will Reid Dick Flying Ace Prod.)
& Motörhead, well Eddie really
Released on April 1982
UK CHART POSITION #6 . . . US CHART POSITION #174
Find it at GEMM
85211-2 cover
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A nother truckload of two-fisted rock and ro-ho-ho (yawn), excuse me. I must be tired. If you don’t mind being pummeled by the same three chords over and over, well, then have at it. Apparently, some folks don’t mind it at all, going so far as to defend Iron Fist as a Motorhead-banging classic. But this one bores me, and not in the drill-bit-in-your-brain way. I shouldn’t let it grind me down, I know, since Motorhead never promised a smooth ride. They stay the course with no sign of stepping on the brake, and that’s what fans find most endearing. Motorhead is a thrill ride, their muse is the grindkill god of war, and if you came hear expecting memorable melodies then you’ve wandered into the wrong nightmare. But they’re capable of more than this. It’s not enough to strap tank armor on the same two or three chords and roll over everything in sight. Some of this has slipped into the classic camp almost by default: “Iron Fist,” “(Don’t Let ‘Em) Grind Ya Down.” They’re not my favorites, by the way, since they’re nearly interchangeable with any other Motorhead track. Which are my favorites from Iron Fist? “Loser,” “America,” the bonus B-side “Remember Me, I’m Gone.” They stand out from this crowd of hellraisers as a little smarter, a little cooler. Lemmy’s black humor is the other winning ingredient. His lyrics on “(Don’t Need) Religion” and “I’m The Doctor” are part of what make Lemmy such a unique voice in rock & roll (aside from, obviously, his voice itself). After listening to Another Perfect Day, I guess I expected Iron Fist to pack more of a wallop. It’s still a good record, bound to attract some respect as the last of the Fast Eddie Clarke elpees, but I question whether it really adds anything to the legend.

TRACK LISTING

  1. IRON FIST
  2. HEART OF STONE
  3. I'M THE DOCTOR
  4. GO TO HELL
  5. LOSER
  6. SEX AND OUTRAGE
  7. AMERICA
  8. SHUT IT DOWN
  9. SPEEDFREAK
  10. (DON'T LET 'EM) GRIND YA DOWN
  11. (DON'T NEED) RELIGION
  12. BANG TO RIGHTS

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  13. REMEMBER ME, I'M GONE
  14. (DON'T LET 'EM) GRIND YA DOWN (ALTERNATE VERSION)
  15. LEMMY GOES TO THE PUB (ALTERNATE VERSION OF "HEART OF STONE")
  16. SAME OLD SONG, I'M GONE (ALTERNATE VERSION OF "REMEMBER ME, I'M GONE")
  17. YOUNG AND CRAZY (INSTRUMENTAL VERSION OF "SEX AND OUTRAGE")

    2-CD reissue disc two tracks
  18. REMEMBER ME, I'M GONE
  19. OVERKILL
  20. HEART OF STONE
  21. SHOOT YOU IN THE BACK
  22. THE HAMMER
  23. JAILBAIT
  24. AMERICA
  25. RELIGION
  26. AMERICA
  27. GRIND YA DOWN
  28. (WE ARE) THE ROADCREW
  29. NO CLASS
  30. BITE THE BULLET
  31. CHASE IS BETTER THAN THE CATCH
  32. BOMBER

    All songs written by Lemmy Kilmister/Eddie Clarke/Phil Taylor

CREDITS

EDDIE CLARKE -- guitars
LEMMY KILMISTER -- bass, vocals
PHIL TAYLOR -- drums
Chaz Harrowell -- tape optimist
Alan Ballard & Martin Poole -- cover & photos
Curtis Evans -- 2001 reissue design

return to MOTÖRHEAD discography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK April 1982 Bronze LP BRNA-539 lyric sleeve
US April 1982 Mercury LP SRM-1-4042  
AUSL/NZ 1982 Bronze LP L-37841  
BRA 1982 Bronze LP 6328444  
GER 1982 Bronze LP 204.636.320  
YUG 1982 Jugoton LP LSBRO-11019  
UK/FRA March 1987 Castle LP/CD CLALP/CLACD-123  
US 1999 Castle Music America CDX CMACD-523 w. bonus tracks
US 2001 Metal-Is CDX 85211 w. bonus tracks
ITA 2003 Earmark LPPIC 41017 pictur disc, 180g vinyl, gatefold cover
UK 2005 Sanctuary 2CD SMED-244 w. bonus disc

 

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