Ace Of Spades

It seems to be a little known fact that Ian Fraser Kilmister, or better known as Motörhead frontman Lemmy, was born in Burslem, the Mother Town of Stoke-on-Trent. In a matter of hours this will be recognised with the placement of a blue plaque at Port Vale’s home ground.  

For those who are not familiar with the blue plaque, it’s a circular blue plaque placed on, or near buildings of historical significance associated with a famous person. They could have been born there, lived there or performed in a venue. It’s something that’s been going in this country since the 1860’s, but mainly in London in its early years. 

Earlier in the year to celebrate BBC Music Day all (well I’m assuming all) local BBC radio stations invited submissions for people or places locally to be nominated. There’s not a massive pool of choice from the North Staffordshire area, but being unbiased Lemmy was easily the best candidate. The only two nominees I can recall from the radio stations listenership were local singer Jackie Trent (known for singing on the theme songs for Australian TV soap Neighbours) and a venue called The Golden Torch which was a leading light (pun intended) for the Northern Soul movement of the late 1960’s. 

The accolade is very deserving for an icon of the heavy metal genre. It’s being unveiled tonight at 6pm by some guy called Tony Iommi, I’d liked to have gone to have a snoop, but due to the rock and roll life style I lead I’m sitting at home waiting for a shopping delivery to arrive between 5pm and 9pm. Living the dream right here. 

The placement at the football ground is adequate, even though I support the other team in the city. He was born in the town and performed at the ground once back in 1981 in the inaugural Heavy Metal Holocaust. Personally though I’d liked to have seen it situated in Hanley – the areas city centre. I think it would  be a good idea to have a walk of fame like the Hollywood Boulevard or Birmingham’s Broad Street, around our cultural quarter and the Victoria Hall, a venue Motörhead played at least three times. Which ever way to slice it though it’s still recognition for what was extreme music back in the day. 

My main gripe is the wording on the plaque.  
“Motörhead founder & singer, who’s song Ace of Spades has been adopted by Port Vale FC”. 



 Nothing about him being born in the town or actually performing at the ground. At the time of writing this, it is the only concert (infamously poorly ran by all accounts), to have been held on the grass at Vale Park. If they’re dishing them out for adoption it won’t be long until Tom Jones has a plaque at the Bet 365 stadium. 

I actually thought I’d already posted the quintessential Motörhead song Ace of Spades a long time ago, apparently not. On its 1980 release the single peaked at number 15 in the UK charts, only bettered by The Golden Years Live EP a year later. The same song reached number 13 after being reissued in 2016, not long after Lemmy’s death. 

We are Motörhead and we play rock ‘n’ roll…..

Advertisements

Antisocial

Right time to get ready for this evenings second semi final match. Tonight are footballing heavy weights France, the tournament hosts, vs Germany. First up today for the blog representing Les Bleus are Parisians Trust.

Apparently they were pretty big in the late 70’s and early 80’s, but my only connection to the band is the two covers that Anthrax have recorded. Les Sects that can be found on the Penikufesin 12″ and this track, Antisocial, which was featured on their Persistence of Time album. Both songs were featured in the French bands 1980 album Répression.

Since Anthrax recorded the track in 1990 it has, annoyingly, been a staple in their live set. It’s OK dusting it off every couple of tour cycles, but in the 20 plus times of seeing them live I think I’ve only not seen them perform it once, and that was during their first of two sets at Sonisphere 2014 when they did an Among The Living special set. I have at least another two dates with Anthrax in 2016 so luckily for me I get to see them do this twice more. This song is such an oxymoron for me, It’s a great live sing-a-long song and goes down a storm in every country I’ve seen them play it live, but constantly for nearly a quarter of a century gets frustrating.

There is also a link between Trust and Iron Maiden. Nicko McBrain played for the band between 1980 and 1982 and recorded Marche Ou Crève and Savage with the band. When he was offered the gig with Maiden Trust replaced him with out going Maiden drummer Clive Burr for a year and he recorded a further two albums with them. It was such a different time back then when bands churned out an album almost annually, sometimes two in a year.

Sorry for rambling on about two other bands, but I really don’t know anything else about Trust. Enjoy the French take on the British New Wave of Heavy Metal sound.