32. Motörhead

Some bands just have an iconic status without really trying to. From the unique way that lead singer Lemmy sings upright into the microphone, the umlaut over the second letter ö and their biker look, Motörhead may be more recognizable visually than audibly by those whom are unfamiliar with the British rockers. Of course, fans of Motörhead could never confuse them with anyone else.   Motörhead proved to be a little bit different than other Heavy Metal bands of the 70’s. Staying true to their Rock and Roll roots, they still managed to push Rock’s boundaries by engineering a faster style which would be dubbed Speed Metal. This rapid style of play gathered the respect of the Punk community, a rarity for any Rock band as Punk was a reaction to the established Rock scene. Of course, establishment was something that Motörhead never worried about regardless of what form it took. Still fronted by their only constant member, Lemmy Kilminster, they are still recording and touring; all while rocking as hard as they ever did. The Bullet Points:  Previous Rank: 2010: #39   Eligible Since: 2002 Country of Origin: United Kingdom (London, England) Why They Will Get In: They are one of the few Metal bands that have had a hand pushing the genre. Why They Won’t Get In: The genre itself that they pushed is not well represented in the Hall. Nominated In: Never Essential Albums: Overkill (1979) Ace of Spades (1980) No Sleep Til’ Hammersmith (1981) Iron Fist (1982) Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Lost Johnny (From Motörhead, 1977) No Class (From Overkill, 1979) Ace of Spades (From Ace of Spades, 1980) Shoot You in the Back (From Ace of Spades, 1980) Go To Hell (From Iron Fist, 1982)     www.imotorhead.com   {youtube}1iwC2QljLn4{/youtube} {youtube}GlecTBevmzc{/youtube} {youtube}1M4FG1UXH5w{/youtube} {youtube}Y2S9rwyQkJE{/youtube}  {acepolls 43}

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