BRON 515 Overkill BRON 515


Notes

By the end of 1978 it was time for Lemmy, Phil and Eddie to record their second album (not counting On Parole) and their first album for Bronze Records. All they had done for the label so far was a single, a cover of “Louie Louie” with “Tear Ya Down” (BRO 60) as the flipside. That single was released 30 September and it made it to number 68 in the charts which was quite a surprise for Bronze. Gerry Bron has in retrospect said that he thought the single was terrible. Anyway Bronze thought it was worth to invest in a record deal with the band and it was arranged with Jimmy Miller as producer and time was booked at the Roundhouse Studios and Sound Development Studios in December 1978 and January 1979.

Jimmy Miller was most famous for his work with Rolling Stones (Exile On Main Street, Beggars Banquet, and Sticky Fingers), Blind Faith, and Traffic. Miller was a favorite of British bands for two reasons - he had a knack for getting a killer drum sound and could create a solid mix where all the instruments are heard. In the 1970´s his drug problems started and this got him into trouble for a while but eventually he cleaned up. The Motorhead job was a chance for him to make a comeback and get back into the game again. And he did a good job although Lemmy told us in his autobiography that the drug problem obviously wasn´t all gone. But the recording seems to have been quite smooth.

The album featured 10 songs, Overkill, Stay Clean, (I Won't) Pay Your Price, I'll Be Your Sister, Capricorn, No Class, Damage Case, Tear Ya Down, Metropolis and Limb From Limb. As already mentioned, Tear Ya Down had been released as the flip side for the Louie Louie single in September but was now remixed by Miller. It is obvious though five more songs were already in existence when the band entered the Roundhouse studios in December after the White Vinyl Fever/Louie Louie Tour had been finished. I´ll Be Your Sister was one of four songs that had been heard in the John Peel session on the BBC Radio that was broadcasted on the 29th of May, and the song had been in the live set since. Damage Case was a song that had been written together with Mick Farren and was heard in the live set for the first time in June. The White Vinyl Fever/Louie Louie Tour started in September and at this time also No Class, Limb From Limb and (I Won´t) Pay Your Price had been added to the set list.

Lemmy recalls in his autobiography how Eddies solo on Capricorn came about. Eddie had started to tune up his guitar for the solo and when he was ready Miller told him he did not need to bother. Miller had recorded the whole tuning process and used that as the solo.

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Tracklist

  1. Overkill
  2. Stay Clean
  3. (I Won't) Pay Your Price
  4. I'll Be Your Sister
  5. Capricorn
  6. No Class
  7. Damage Case
  8. Tear Ya Down
  9. Metropolis
  10. Limb From Limb
 

Related releases

OverkillOverkill, single
No ClassNo Class, single

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? Acetate UK 1979 Acetate
Bronze BRON 515 UK 1979-03-24
Bronze BRON 515 UK 1979-03 Promo
Bronze BRON 515 UK 1979-03 Test pressing
Bronze BRON 515 UK 1979-04? Green vinyl
Bronze BRON 515 UK 1979-04? Green vinyl, Test pressing
Ariola 200 435 320 Ger 1979 GEMA, two different labels
Ariola 200 435 320 Holl 1979 Stemra
Ariola 200 435 320 Ger 1979 Promo
Dischanti BROL 34515 Italy 1979-05-21
Festival L 36896 Aus 1979
Festival L 36896 Aus 1979 Promo
WEA BRO 2032 Fra 1979 Some copies have Imp Glory, Asnieres
WEA BRO 2032 Fra 1979 Test pressing
WEA 893 032 Fra 1985? Reissue
WEA 893 032 Fra 1985? Reissue, Test pressing
Victor VIP 6774 Jap 1981?
Victor VIP 6774 Jap 1981? Promo
Mercury MIP 1 9468 Can 1981?
Bronze BRON 515 (2406 208) UK 1981? Reissue, Special price edition (some)
Bronze BRON 515 (2406 208) UK 1981? Reissue, Special price edition (some), Promo
Ariola 200435-I Spa 1982 Some are laminated
Ariola 200435-I Spa 1979? Iberofon (Dif. label)
Polygram/Ariola 2406 208 Bra 1982? Serie luxo
Ariola 200 435 270 Ger 1984? GEMA
Ariola 200 435 270 Holl 1984? Stemra
Woodstock WSK 138 Bra 1986?
GWR GWLP 4 UK 1986 Second reissue
GWR GWLP 4 UK 1986 Second reissue, test pressing
GWR GWLP 4 UK 1986 Mastertape, reel-to-reel
Polygram 834753-1 Gre 1986?
Polygram 834753-1 Gre 1986? Test pressing
Profile PRO 3241 USA 1988
Profile PRO 3241 DJ USA 1988 Promo
Fame FA 3236 UK 1990 Third reissue
Castle CLALP 178 UK 1991 Fourth reissue
SNC ME 2033/2034 Rus 1992 Laminated (some)
Castle ESMLP 310 UK 2000 Fifth reissue, green vinyl
Castle ESMLP 310 UK 2000 Test pressing
Earmark 41010 Italy 2003 Reissue, gatefold sleeve
Earmark P41010 Italy 2003 Picture disc
Earmark 41010 Italy 2007? Second re-issue
Back On Black BOBV112LP UK 2008 3 LP-set
Back On Black BOBV112LP UK 2008 Test pressing, 3 LP-set
Back On Black BOBV266LP UK 2010-07
Back On Black BOBV266LP UK 2010-07 Test pressing
Back On Black BOBV266LP UK 2011 Blue vinyl
Back On Black BOBV266LP? UK 2013-04-19 Blue speckled vinyl
BMG BMGRM022LP UK 2015-03-30 Re-issue w. dowload
INgrooves BMG15013V USA 2015-05-19 Re-issue, 180 gram
Castle TFOLP 8 UK 1988 2 LP, w Another Perfect Day
Earmark 41023 Italy 2004-01 3 LP Box, "England"

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Legacy LLM CD 3011 UK 1987-07
Carrčre 96519 Fra 1987?
Profile PCD 3241 USA 1988 Long box (just first edition?)
Ariola 250 435-217 Ger 1989?
Teichiku 18 DN 37 Jap 1989?
Fame CD FA 3236 UK 1990-05 Reissue
Roadracer RRD 9229 USA 1991 Re-issue w bonus track, also in box
Shinseido RRR 9229 Jap 1991? Japanese import
Castle CLA CD 178 UK 1991-02 Second reissue
WMD 972018WM302 Fra 1991? La Collection, slip case
Castle CLC 5087 Ger 1992
Victor VICP 2073 Jap 1993-05-21
Essential ESM CD 310 UK 1996 Third reissue, remastered w bonus tracks, also in box
DOJO 3032-2 USA 1996 Second reissue, remastered w bonus tracks
Microservice Abril 4105016-2 Bra 1997?
Victor VICP 2148 Jap 1997 Third reissue, remastered w bonus tracks
Victor VICP 2148 Jap 1997 promo
Media ? Rus 1997? Bootleg? of ESM CD 310
Castle CMACD 510 USA 1999 Third reissue, remastered w bonus tracks
Castle CMTCD 107 UK 2000 Vinyl replica, also in box.
Metal-Is 06076 85212-2 USA 2001-09? Fourth reissue, remastered w bonus tracks
Victor VICP-61969 Jap 2002-08-21 Fourth re-issue, vinyl replica, also in box
Victor VICP-61969 Jap 2002-08-21 Fourth re-issue, vinyl replica, promo
Sanctuary SMRCD039 UK 2004-06-28 Fourth re-issue, remastered w bonus tracks, also in box
Sanctuary SMEDD242 UK 2005-10-03 2 CD expanded edition
Sanctuary 864072 USA 2005-11-15 2 CD expanded edition
Dynamo DYN 1350-2 Bra 2005? 2 CD expanded edition
Sanctuary SMBCD350 UK 2006-11-20 Sixth re-issue, digi pack
BMG BVCM-37960 Jap 2007-07-25 Fifth-issue, vinyl replica, also in box
BMG BVCM-37960 Jap 2007-07-25 Fifth-issue, vinyl replica, Promo
Universal 0602517855366 EU 2008-11-17 2 CD exp. ed., re-issue
Universal ? Mal 2008
Universal 93902 Jap 2009-01 6th Jap re-issue, 2 CD exp.
Universal 60135 Jap 2009-02 7th Jap re-issue
Universal UICY-25132 Jap 2011-12-21 8th Jap re-issue
Universal 0600753-308073 EU 2011-06? In skull box
Universal 37035?? EU 2012-06-11 In Classics box
Universal UICY-75510 Jap 2013-06-12 9th Jap re-issue
Hostess HSE-39990 Jap 2015-07-08 10th Jap re-issue
Castle TFO 81-2 UK 1988 2 CD, w Another Perfect Day
Agat Compagny LTD ? Rus 2001?
Castle ESMBX 304 UK 1998 3 CD, w AOS, Bomber

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Silverline 288189-9 USA 2003-02-09
Silverline ? UK 2005-02-22 Dual disc


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