Metallica's Lars Ulrich: My 15 Favorite Metal and Hard Rock Albums

Drummer goes deep on classics ranging from AC/DC's 'Let There Be Rock' to System of a Down's 'Toxicity'

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Motörhead, 'Overkill' (1979)
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Motörhead, 'Overkill' (1979)

I started hearing about Motörhead in the spring of 1979. I was in Copenhaagen, Denmark, and I went down through the local record store. And I asked if I could hear a couple songs from this Motörhead band, and then the double-bass drumming of Phil Taylor started the song "Overkill." I had never heard anything that sounded like that. It blew my head off. And then that kind of energy continued – it was so raw. I'd never heard anybody sing like Lemmy, and it was this fusion of, like, punk and rock and metal, and it was crazy. It just added to an energy to it and was completely over the top with these almost exaggerated, cartoon-like lyrics. And the consistency from "Overkill" to "Stay Clean" – I mean "Stay Clean" was a live staple for years – "I Won't Pay Your Price," "No Class," which was almost straight out of a ZZ Top playbook, "Damage Case" which [Metallica] covered, and longer, deeper tracks like "Metropolis" and "Limb From Limb." It's just insane. Motörhead was the one band, where no matter whether you were into rock, prog, pop, punk, fucking, I don't know, ska ... you could agree that Motörhead was just the coolest. And, to me, the definitive Motörhead album is Overkill.

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