Who is Ian Fraser Kilmister? The Heavy Metal music world knows him as Lemmy Kilmister, Kilmister is an English singer and bass guitarist. He is best known as the founding member of the heavy metal band Motörhead. His appearance, friendly mutton chops (sideburn–moustache combination), and gravelly voice have made him a cult icon. Kilmister was placed forty-eighth by Hit Parader on their list of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Singers of All Time list.
Childhood and early life
Lemmy was on 24 December 1945 on Christmas Eve in 1945 in Burslem, Stoke on Trent, England. When Lemmy was three months old, his father, an ex-Royal Air Force chaplain, separated from his mother. His mother and grandmother settled in Newcastle-under-Lyme then moved on to Madeley, Staffordshire.
When Lemmy was 10, his mother married George Willis, who had two older children from a previous marriage, Patricia and Tony, with whom he did not get along. The family moved to a farm in Benllech, Anglesey, North Wales and it was during this time that he started to show an interest in rock and roll music, girls and horses. He attended Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones school in Amlwch, where he was nick-named Lemmy, although he is unsure why, and it would later be claimed that it originated from the phrase “Lemmy a quid till Friday” because of his habit of borrowing money from people to feed his addiction to fruit machines.
He saw The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club when he was 16, then played guitar along to their first album, learning the chords. He also admired the sarcastic attitude of the group, particularly that of John Lennon. Upon leaving school and with his family relocated in Conwy, Lemmy undertook menial jobs including working at the local Hotpoint factory while also playing guitar for local bands, such as The Sundowners, and spending time at a horse riding school. At the age of 17, he met a holidaying girl named Cathy and he followed her to Stockport where she had his son, Sean. Sean was put up for adoption.
Recording and performing career
1960-1970: Early years
In Stockport, he joined local bands The Rainmakers then The Motown Sect, who enjoyed three years playing northern clubs. Wanting to progress further, in 1965 he joined The Rockin’ Vickers who signed a deal with CBS and released three singles and toured Europe, reportedly being the first British band to visit Yugoslavia. With the band living in a Manchester flat, he had a relationship with a girl named Tracy who bore him a son, Paul, although it would not be until the boy was 6 that Lemmy had any involvement with the child.
Wanting to progress even further, Lemmy relocated to London in 1967. Sharing a flat with Noel Redding, he got a job as a roadie for The Jimi Hendrix Experience. In 1968 he joined Sam Gopal and recorded the album Escalator and the single “Horse”. After meeting Simon King in a Chelsea shopping centre during 1969, he joined the band Opal Butterfly, but the band soon folded, having previously failed to raise enough interest with their preceding CBS singles.
At this point Lemmy thought about changing his legal name to his stepfather’s surname of Willis, but with his actual father’s surname of Kilmister, he decided changing his birth certificate and passport would be too much hassle, so did not bother. An attempted reconciliation in 1970 between Lemmy and his birth father broke down, with Lemmy describing him as a “nasty little weasel”.
In 1971, Lemmy joined the space rock band, Hawkwind, who were based in Ladbroke Grove, London. He had no experience as a bass guitarist, but quickly developed a distinctive style that was strongly shaped by his early experience as a rhythm guitarist, often using double stops and chords rather than the single notes preferred by most bassists. His bass work was a fundamental part of the Hawkwind sound during his tenure, perhaps best documented on Space Ritual. He also provided lead vocals on a number of songs, including the band’s biggest UK chart single, “Silver Machine“, which reached No.3 in 1972.http://www.youtube.com/v/0tDgzBd2hD4?fs=1&hl=en_US
In 1975 Lemmy was fired from Hawkwind after he was arrested at Canadian customs on drug possession charges; he spent five days in jail. He went on to form a new band with guitarist Larry Wallis (former member of the Pink Fairies, Steve Took‘s Shagrat and UFO) and drummer Lucas Fox. Lemmy’s connection with Took (formerly of T. Rex) was not limited to Wallis, as they were personal friends and Took was the stepfather to Lemmy’s son, Paul. This new band was originally called Bastard. When his manager informed him that a band by that name will never get a slot on “Top of the Pops“, Lemmy changed the band’s name to Motörhead – the title of the last song Lemmy wrote for Hawkwind.
Soon after, both Wallis and Fox were replaced with guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke and drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, and with this line-up the band began to achieve success. The band’s sound appealed to both Lemmy’s original fans and, eventually, to fans of the punk rock scene. In fact, he asserts that he generally feels more kinship with punks than with heavy metal; he even played with The Damned for a handful of gigs when they had no regular bassist—and Lemmy’s guttural vocals were unique in the world of rock at that time. The band’s success peaked between 1980 and 1981 with a number of UK chart hits, including the classic single “Ace of Spades“http://www.youtube.com/v/9e5cqe_JE0Q?fs=1&hl=en_US (still a crowd favourite today) and the #1 live album No Sleep ’til Hammersmith. Motörhead have since gone on to become one of the most influential bands in the heavy metal music genre, and although Lemmy is the only constant member, are still performing and releasing records to this day. Despite Motörhead’s many member changes over their 35-year history, the current lineup of Lemmy, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee has remained constant since 1995.
Lemmy has also worked with a number of other musicians over his career, and occasionally guests with Hawkwind. He wrote the song “R.A.M.O.N.E.S”http://www.youtube.com/v/MyKlvVPpxo8?fs=1&hl=en_US for the Ramones, which he still plays in his live sets as a tribute to the band. He was brought in as a songwriter for Ozzy Osbourne’s 1991 No More Tears album, providing lyrics for the tracks “Hellraiser“http://www.youtube.com/v/1M4FG1UXH5w?fs=1&hl=en_US, (which Motörhead would later record themselves and release a single), “Desire”http://www.youtube.com/v/RgHPNdUuQs8?fs=1&hl=en_US, “I Don’t Want to Change the World”http://www.youtube.com/v/jDtvzuG5Maw?fs=1&hl=en_US, and the single “Mama I’m Coming Home“.http://www.youtube.com/v/4rSBgfXoIPo?fs=1&hl=en_US Lemmy has noted in several magazine and television interviews that he made more money from the royalties of that one song than he had in his entire time with Motörhead. After being diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes in 2000, which led to a brief hospitalization, Lemmy again appeared with Motörhead at WrestleMania 17. Lemmy published his autobiography, White Line Fever in November 2002. In 2005, Motörhead won their first Grammy in the Best Metal Performance category with their cover of Metallica‘s “Whiplash“.http://www.youtube.com/v/wg6e_tbbmqI?fs=1&hl=en_US He lives in a two room flat in Los Angeles, two blocks away from his favourite hangout the Rainbow Bar and Grill.
An officially licensed Lemmy figurine has been produced. Available as a “regular” or “special” edition, Lemmy recalls:
I had to stand on this platform while the camera went around and did the hologram thing and then they made the model, only smaller. They said it’s an action figure, and I said, ‘So, you’re gonna put a dick on it?’ They said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘Well, then it’s not going to get much action then, is it?’ A bad name for it, right?Lemmy appeared as an unlockable character in the game Guitar Hero: Metallica. He also stars as a character in Brütal Legend named Kill Master, whom he voices.In October 2009 it was announced that he had been involved in recording a cover of “Stand by Me” featuring Lemmy on Vocals and Bass, Dave Lombardo of Slayer on Drums and produced by DJ and Producer, Baron. The song was made for legendary Pro Skateboarder Geoff Rowley.
Lemmy appeared on the song “Doctor Alibi”http://www.youtube.com/v/RFsOwnZkIm8?fs=1&hl=en_US from Slash‘s self-titled solo album. The digital downloads of “Doctor Alibi” include the comment “Featuring Lemmy Kilmeister”. This comment spells his surname with an ‘e’ not previously included in the “Kilmister” spelling. It is not known if this was a simple error or an intentional spelling change by the artist.
Lemmy is noted to have an extremely distinctive, gruff voice, which fits the band’s aggressive sound. Lemmy is capable of expressing a degree of traditionally “melodic” singing, but has to date rarely shown a “clean” vocal performance except on early Hawkwind cuts such as “Silver Machine”, “Lost Johnny” and on Motorhead’s “I don’t believe a word” where he sings in a conventional manner for long passages, & in the “Metallica Tribute” album on iTunes, which he sung part melodic, the gruff and blunt approach having become something of a trade-mark for himself and Motörhead. His voice type is low, akin to baritone, though because of his style being more expressive than technically driven, it is hard to classify him with any particular voice type.
Film and television
Lemmy has made a number of appearances in film and television, including the 1990 science fiction film Hardware http://www.youtube.com/v/wyY_iX9UCE8?fs=1&hl=en_US and the 1987 comedy Eat the Rich,http://www.youtube.com/v/xIo3NMpH-84?fs=1&hl=en_US for which Motörhead also recorded the soundtracks. In the 1980s Motörhead were the musical guests on the cult British TV show “The Young Ones“, episode entitled “Bambi“.http://www.youtube.com/v/ysG96dUtGh4?fs=1&hl=en_US In the 1994 comedy Airheads (in which he is credited as “Lemmy von Motörhead”), one scene involving Brendan Fraser, Adam Sandler, and Steve Buscemi, has Brendan Fraser’s character, “Chazz” Chester Darvey talking to an undercover cop who is pretending to be a record executive—Chazz asks him, “Who’d win in a wrestling match, Lemmy or God?”, the cop replies, “Lemmy”, to which Rex, played by Steve Buscemi, imitates a game show buzzer and the cop quickly changes his answer to “… God!”. Rex replies saying, “Wrong, dickhead, trick question. Lemmy is God”. Lemmy appears in the film and shouts out (truthfully) that he edited his school newspaper as other people in the crowd admit geeky pastimes in their youth. Lemmy has also appeared in several movies from Troma Entertainment, including the narrator in 1996’s Tromeo and Juliet http://www.youtube.com/v/r5M5v4d3b8s?fs=1&hl=en_USand as himself in both Terror Firmer http://www.youtube.com/v/3c2EjjLCdfM?fs=1&hl=en_USand Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV.http://www.youtube.com/v/GldQM_FBENU?fs=1&hl=en_US
Having a predilection for self-deprecating parody, he once appeared in an advertisement for Kit Kat chocolate bars, miming a piece of chamber music on the violin, in an upper-class tea-room, and he also appeared in an ad for Walkers where he gets his crisps stolen. He also appeared on an intro scene on The Drew Carey Show in which Motörhead play outside Carey’s home, startling him awake. Lemmy is one of the few musicians to have been mentioned on Beavis and Butt-Head without being made fun of. Upon seeing Lemmy making a cameo appearance in the Ramones‘ “Substitute“http://www.youtube.com/v/wIWpfS_MFHw?fs=1&hl=en_US video, Butthead exclaims, “He’s Lemmy. He can walk into any damn video he wants!” and Beavis adds that Lemmy “rules,” the highest compliment that the two are known to pay to an artist.http://www.youtube.com/v/eW6O_qMKUHU?fs=1&hl=en_US Lemmy made an appearance in the music videos for the 1986 Boys Don’t Cry song “I Wanna Be A Cowboy”http://www.youtube.com/v/s05jcrJw0as?fs=1&hl=en_US and the 1998 Rap song “Freak of the Week” by adult film star Ron Jeremy.http://www.youtube.com/v/vYC56NlXbQ0?fs=1&hl=en_US
Motörhead performed the entrance theme song “The Game” for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)’s Triple H (who at one point wore his mustache and sideburns like Lemmy as a tribute), as well as “Line in the Sand” for Triple H’s now defunct wrestling stable, Evolution. In 2006, they once again provided theme music for WWE as they recorded the song “King of Kings” for Triple H on the Wreckless Intent CD. He also provided his voice for the video game Brütal Legend, voicing the Kill Master, a character designed and based on his likeness.
Lemmy also appears in the new Airbourne music video for “Runnin’ Wild“. He plays a trucker driving wildly while the police chase him down a highway.
Lemmy recently has appeared on Down and Dirty with Jim Norton as the series deejay, and also created the theme music.
Lemmy also appears briefly, but with some confiding words, in the Penelope Spheeris film “The Decline of the Western Civilization, Part II”.
Lemmy also took part in a comedy skit titled “The Easy Guitar Book Sketch” with comedian Rowland Rivron and fellow British musicians Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Mark King from Level 42, and Gary Moore.
Lemmy: The Movie
A documentary/rockumentary on Lemmy has been announced for release in 2010. Entitled simply “Lemmy” and directed/produced by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski, the film is some two years in the making and is being shot on a combination of 16 mm film and HD video. It will feature interviews with friends, peers, and admirers such as Dave Grohl, Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Peter Hook of Joy Division/New Order, Dee Snider, Mick Jones of The Clash, Jim Heath of Reverend Horton Heat, Slim Jim Phantom of The Stray Cats, Mike Inez, pro skateboarder Geoff Rowley, pro wrestler Triple H, C.C. Deville of Poison, Fast Eddie Clarke, Johnny Knoxville, Jarvis Cocker, Marky Ramone, former Hawkwind bandmates Dave Brock and Stacia, and Steve Vai. The film is said to set the record straight on a number of rumours and myths regarding Lemmy’s lifestyle. To help promote the movie, Kilmister designed a t-shirt for sale on the film’s web site.http://www.youtube.com/v/dRENbQIuoLU?fs=1&hl=en_US
Image and celebrity status
We recorded his track in Los Angeles in maybe two takes about a year and a half ago. Until then I’d never met what I’d call a real rock ‘n’ roll hero before. Fuck Elvis and Keith Richards, Lemmy’s the king of rock ‘n’ roll – he told me he never considered Motörhead a metal band, he was quite adamant. Lemmy’s a living, breathing, drinking and snorting fucking legend. No one else comes close.
In a Channel 4 documentary called “Motörhead: Live Fast, Die Old”, broadcast on 22 August 2005, it was claimed that Lemmy had “bedded” in excess of 2,000 women. Maxim magazine has Lemmy at number 8 on its top ten “Living Sex Legends” list, as they claim that he has slept with around 1,200 women.
In the documentary he explained that while in school he noticed a pupil who had brought a guitar to school and had been “surrounded by chicks”. His mother had a guitar, which he then took to school, even though he could not play, and was himself surrounded by girls: “In those days just having a guitar was enough… that was it”.http://www.youtube.com/v/Q7oVnCgUY2Q?fs=1&hl=en_US
During Lemmy’s time with Hawkwind, he developed an appetite for amphetamine and LSD and was to become renowned for his use of amphetamine. Before joining Hawkwind, he recalled Dik Mik, a former Hawkwind sound technician, visiting his squat in the middle of the night and taking speed with him. They became interested in how long “you could make the human body jump about without stopping”, which they did for a few months, until Mik ran out of money and wanted to return to Hawkwind, taking Lemmy with him.
I first got into speed because it was a utilitarian drug and kept you awake when you needed to be awake, when otherwise you’d just be flat out on your back. If you drive to Glasgow for nine hours in the back of a sweaty truck you don’t really feel like going onstage feeling all bright and breezy… It’s the only drug I’ve found that I can get on with, and I’ve tried them all — except smack and morphine: I’ve never fixed anything.—Lemmy
In November 2005, he was invited to the Welsh Assembly as a guest speaker by Tory Welsh assembly member William Graham. He was asked to express his views on the detrimental effects of drugs. However he shocked the Assembly Members and Welsh public when he called for the legalisation of heroin: “I have never had heroin but since I moved to London from north Wales in ’67 I have mixed with junkies on a casual and almost daily basis,” he said. “I also lived with a young woman who tried heroin just to see what it was like. It killed her three years later. I hate the idea even as I say it, but I do believe the only way to treat heroin is to legalise it.” He stated that legalisation would eradicate the drug dealer from society.http://www.youtube.com/v/fh-pAykfQ-8?fs=1&hl=en_US
Lemmy collects Nazi memorabilia, and has an Iron Cross encrusted on his bass, which has led to accusations of Nazi sympathies. He has stated that he collects this memorabilia for aesthetic values only, and considers himself an anarchist or libertarian, and that he is “anti-communism, fascism, any extreme,” saying that “government causes more problems than it solves”. According to Keith Emerson‘s autobiography, two of Lemmy’s Hitlerjugend knives were given to Emerson during Lemmy’s time spent as a roadie for The Nice. Emerson used these knives many times as keyholders when playing the Hammond Organ during concerts with The Nice and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
Lemmy positions his microphone in an uncommonly high position, angled so that he appears to be looking up at the sky rather than at the audience. He said that it was for “personal comfort, that’s all. It’s also one way of avoiding seeing the audience. In the days when we only had ten people and a dog, it was a way of avoiding seeing that we only had ten people and a dog”.
He has used Rickenbacker 4001 and 4003 bass guitars almost exclusively since his Hawkwind days, although some of these instruments were modified with the installation of Gibson Thunderbird pickups in the neck position. Rickenbacker produced a 60-bass run of Lemmy Kilmister signature basses, the 4004LK, which is fitted with three pickups, gold hardware, and elaborate wood carving in the shape of oak leaves. Lemmy currently uses a customised 4004.
He uses hot-rodded Marshall JMP Superbass II amplifiers from the late 1960s/early 1970s. Each amp, with a nominal output of 100 watts, is used with a 4×12 speaker cab and a custom-made 4×15 cab. He uses two such stacks, one on each side of the drum riser. For many years the amps were nicknamed “No Remorse”, “Killer” (left side amp) or “Murder One” (right side amp) with appropriate nameplates. “No Remorse” was subsequently replaced by a new amp nicknamed “Marsha” when, as Kilmister said in an October 2004 interview, it “blew up”. “Killer” and “Murder One” were believed to have been destroyed in Argentina when all the other equipment was stolen but this was later proven to be untrue. In 2006 Marshall designed new, prototype versions of “Murder One” which were then put into production, whilst the original amplifier was retired. A limited number of these bass heads have been released by Marshall in 2008 as the “1992LEM”, a signature series copy of Lemmy’s 1992 100 Watt Super Bass Head, “Murder One”.
The phrase “everything louder than everyone else” sums up Lemmy’s sonic approach, as he plays at the loudest possible levels. He uses the bridge pickup exclusively (giving his bass sound more definition) and turns all the tone and volume knobs on the bass up full. On the amplifiers, he turns off the bass and treble, and the midrange up all the way, with the volume and presence up to the 3:00 position. The result is a biting mid-range sound which is somewhat distorted but not “fuzzed out” or “blurry”, a formula well-suited to his use of open-string drones and power chords. In the 1990s after a Motörhead show at Hultsfred, Sweden a radio reporter asked Lemmy “If you were to play here again in ten years, how do you think you would sound?” Lemmy replied “Same, but louder…”
Lemmy has occasionally played electric or acoustic guitar, notably on the acoustic song “I Ain’t No Nice Guy“http://www.youtube.com/v/gFo0-Zb_p_8?fs=1&hl=en_US from Motörhead’s March Ör Die album, the title track on 1996’s Overnight Sensation, “Limb from Limb” on Overkill (on which he plays the second lead break), “Boogeyman” on Rock ‘n’ Roll, and a mouth harp on “Whorehouse Blues” from the Inferno album. On “lost Johnny ” by Hawkwind he play sings, plays bass, lead and rhythm guitars.
In September 1996, his Rickenbacker bass was featured in the Bang Your Head exhibition at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
- For releases with Motörhead see the Motörhead discography
- As a member of The Rockin’ Vickers
1965 – “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart”http://www.youtube.com/v/ypKviMfPBaQ?fs=1&hl=en_US / “Stella” (7″ single)http://www.youtube.com/v/XpQZTYOlKo4?fs=1&hl=en_US
1965 – “It’s Alright”http://www.youtube.com/v/FIvyHOHX5TE?fs=1&hl=en_US / “Stay By Me” (7″ single)http://www.youtube.com/v/9EKem95cM30?fs=1&hl=en_US
1966 – “Dandy” / “I Don’t Need Your Kind” (7″ single)http://www.youtube.com/v/IaHYKmPSvXk?fs=1&hl=en_US
2000 – The Complete: It’s Alright (compilation)
- As a member of Sam Gopal
- 1969 – Escalator
- 1969 – “Horse” / “Back Door Man” (7″ single)http://www.youtube.com/v/kVXHa67RbIA?fs=1&hl=en_US
- As a member of Hawkwind
1972 – “Silver Machine” / “Seven by Seven” (7″ single)http://www.youtube.com/v/qqGKmLi4h4I?fs=1&hl=en_US
1972 – Glastonbury Fayre – contains “Silver Machine” and “Welcome to the Future”http://www.youtube.com/v/Z1yCqeogdDo?fs=1&hl=en_US
1972 – Greasy Truckers Party – contains “Born to Go”http://www.youtube.com/v/gM4XKS9Uah8?fs=1&hl=en_US and “Master of the Universe”
1972 – Doremi Fasol Latido
1973 – “Lord of Light”http://www.youtube.com/v/POSxIOilobs?fs=1&hl=en_US / “Born to Go” (7″ single)
1973 – “Urban Guerrilla” http://www.youtube.com/v/YGwdBJJT7l0?fs=1&hl=en_US/ “Brainbox Pollution” (7″ single)http://www.youtube.com/v/5E1esofE0kc?fs=1&hl=en_US
1973 – Space Ritual
1974 – Hall of the Mountain Grill
1974 – “Psychedelic Warlords“http://www.youtube.com/v/MvHtfoqcDss?fs=1&hl=en_US / “It’s So Easy” (7″ single)http://www.youtube.com/v/f_1RZCKwsXU?fs=1&hl=en_US
1975 – “Kings of Speed“http://www.youtube.com/v/GMcZ4QUcC1U?fs=1&hl=en_US / “Motorhead” (7″ single)http://www.youtube.com/v/p6OuyJKnIyU?fs=1&hl=en_US
1975 – Warrior on the Edge of Time
1983 – The Weird Tapes (live and out-takes, 1967–1982)
1984 – The Earth Ritual Preview EP
1985 – Bring Me the Head of Yuri Gagarin (live 1973)
1985 – Space Ritual#Volume 2 (live 1972)
1986 – Hawkwind Anthology (live and out-takes, 1967–1982)
1991 – BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert (live 1972)
1992 – The Friday Rock Show Sessions (live 1986)
1997 – The 1999 Party (live 1974)
- As a member of Robert Calvert‘s band
1974 – “Ejection” http://www.youtube.com/v/1LYuVhg8ZRo?fs=1&hl=en_US/ “Catch a Falling Starfighter” (7″ single)
1974 – Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters
1980 – “Lord of the Hornets”http://www.youtube.com/v/dbmJxEPKje0?fs=1&hl=en_US / “The Greenfly and the Rose” (7″ single)http://www.youtube.com/v/gddVnK6o1KI?fs=1&hl=en_US
- Side projects and career spanning
1990 – Lemmy & The Upsetters – Blue Suede Shoes
2000 – Lemmy, Slim Jim & Danny B – Lemmy, Slim Jim & Danny B
2006 – The Head Cat – Fool’s Paradise
2006 – The Head Cat – Rockin’ the Cat Club: Live from the Sunset Strip
2006 – Lemmy – Damage Case (Compilation)
2007 – Keli Raven & Lemmy Kilmister “Bad Boyz 4 Life” (single).
- Band collaborations
1979 – The Damned – “I Just Can’t Be Happy Today” / “Ballroom Blitz” (with Lemmy on bass) / “Turkey Song” (7″ single) – available as bonus track on the reissued Machine Gun Etiquette album
1980 – The Young & Moody Band – “Don’t Do That” (7″ & 12″ single)
1981 – Headgirl (Motörhead & Girlschool) – St. Valentine’s Day Massacre EP
1982 – Lemmy & Wendy O. Williams – Stand by Your Man EP
2007 – (Keli Raven)- & Lemmy Kilmister “Bad Boyz 4 Life” (single / Video).
- Charity collaborations
1984 – Hear’n’Aid –
1985 – The Crowd – You’ll Never Walk Alone (Bradford City F.C. Fire Disaster)
- Guest appearances
- 1988 – Albert Järvinen Band – Countdown
- 1989 – Nina Hagen – Nina Hagen – guests on “Where’s the Party”
- 1992 – Bootsauce – Bull – guests on “Hold Tight”
- 1994 – Fast Eddie Clarke – It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over – guests on “Laugh at the Devil”.
- 1994 – Shonen Knife – Rock Animals – guests on “Tomato Head” single remix (Track 3 – “Lemmy In There Mix”) – not the album track
- 1996 – Skew Siskin – Electric Chair Music
- 1996 – Ugly Kid Joe – Motel California
- 1996 – Myth Dreams of World – Stories of the Greek & Roman Gods & Goddesses
- 1996 – Skew Siskin – Voices from the War
- 1997 – The Ramones – We’re Outta Here! – guests on “R.A.M.O.N.E.S.”
- 1999 – Jetboy – Lost & Found
- 1999 – Skew Siskin – What the Hell
- 1999 – A.N.I.M.A.L. – Usa Toda Tu Fuerza – guests on a version of AC/DC‘s “Highway to Hell”
- 2000 – Doro – Calling the Wild
- 2000 – Swing Cats – A Special Tribute to Elvis – guests on “Good Rockin’ Tonight”, “Trying to Get to You” and “Stuck On You”
- 2001 – The Pirates – Rock Bottom
- 2001 – Hair of the Dog – Ignite – guests on “Law”
- 2002 – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mike Batt and guests – Philharmania – guests on “Eve of Destruction”
- 2003 – Ace Sounds – Still Hungry
- 2003 – Skew Siskin – Album of the Year
- 2004 – Probot – Probot – guests on “Shake Your Blood”
- 2005 – Throw Rag – 13 Ft. and Rising – guests on “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down”
- 2006 – Doro – 20 Years A Warrior Soul – guests on “Love Me Forver” & “All We Are”
- 2007 – The Warriors – Genuine Sense of Outrage – guests on “Price of Punishment”
- 2007 – Keli Raven single “Bad Boyz 4 Life” (co-writer & guest vocalist)
- 2008 – Airbourne – Guest actor on Airbourne’s “Runnin’ Wild” Music Video
- 2008 – We Wish You a Metal Christmas – Run Run Rudolph
- 2008 – Legacy – Girlschool album – Don’t Talk to Me vocals, bass, triangle and lyrics.
- 2009 – Queen V – Death or Glory – guests on “Wasted”
- 2009 – Brütal Legend (video game) – The Kill Master (voice)
- 2010 – Slash – Slash – “Doctor Alibi” (vocals and bass)
- Appearances on film soundtracks, tribute, wrestling and various artists albums
- 1990 – Hardware: Original Soundtrack – contains “A Piece of Pipe” by Kaduta Massi with Lemmy
- 1990 – The Last Temptation of Elvis: Blue Suede Shoes – contains “Blue Suede Shoes” by Lemmy & The Upsetters
- 1994 – Airheads: Cameo on film and performing “Born to Raise Hell” on the soundtrack
- 1997 – Dragon Attack: A Tribute to Queen – performs on “Tie Your Mother Down”
- 1998 – Thunderbolt: A Tribute to AC/DC – performs on “It’s a Long Way to the Top”
- 1998 – ECW: Extreme Music – contains a cover of Metallica‘s “Enter Sandman” by Lemmy and Zebrahead
- 2000 – Bat Head Soup – Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne – performs on “Desire”
- 2001 – Frezno Smooth: Original Soundtrack – contains a version of Twisted Sister’s “Hardcore” by Lemmy
- 2001 – A Tribute to Metallica: Metallic Assault – performs on “Nothing Else Matters”
- 2002 – Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three – performs on “Thirsty & Miserable”
- 2002 – Metal Brigade – performs on “Good Rockin’ Tonight” by Lemmy and Johnny Ramone
- 2005 – Numbers from the Beast: An All Star Salute to Iron Maiden – performs on “The Trooper“
- 2005 – Metal: A Headbangers Journey
- 2006 – Flying High Again: The World’s Greatest Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne – Performs “Desire” with Richie Kotzen
- 2006 – Cover Me in ’80s Metal (Fantastic Price Records) – Metal artists covering the hits of others. Performs AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way to the Top“.
- 2006 – Butchering The Beatles – Performs “Back in the USSR“.
- 2009 – Flip Skateboards Presents Extremely Sorry – Performs “Stand By Me” with Baron and Dave Lombardo.
- 2010 – Danko Jones – Full of regret – Starrs in the music video along with Elijah Wood and Selma Blair
Video tape/laser disc
- 1982 Live In Toronto – Castle Hendering
- 1984 Another Perfect Day EP
- 1985 Birthday Party
- 1986 Deaf Not Blind
- 1988 EP
- 1988 The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years
- 1990 Hardware (Lemmy was cast as a water taxi driver; and plays a recording of “Ace of Spades” for his passengers).
- 1991 Everything Louder than Everyone Else
- 1994 John Wayne Bobbitt Uncut
- 1987 Eat the Rich
- 1997 Tromeo and Juliet – cast as Narrator, Troma pictures
- 2001 25 & Alive Boneshaker
- 2001 WrestleMania X-Seven – Performing Triple-H’s entrance theme “The Game” live
- 2001 Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV -as a Tromaville citizen
- 2002 Motörhead EP
- 2002 The Best of Motörhead
- 2003 The Special Edition EP
- 2004 Everything Louder than Everything Else
- 2005 Stage Fright (Motörhead DVD) (also HD-DVD 2007)
- 2005 Ringers: Lord of the Fans
- 2005 WrestleMania 21 Performing “The Game”
- 2005 Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey
- 2006 The Head Cat Live: Rockin’ the Cat Club
- 2006 Foo Fighters: Hyde Park
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