Motörhead, meet Don Percival

Barney was thinking about Motörhead tonight. Not sure why, but we think it merits the spot of harsh song on our Firewater & Chaser spot tonight.

Ace of Spades

Motorhead rock

Motörhead is the brainchild (brain?) of Ian “Lemmy” Fraser Kilmister (born 1945 in Stoke-on-Trent, England), former bass guitarist of Hawkwind. Hawkwind is space-rock outfit that has more in common with Tangerine Dream than Lemmy’s hard-hitting band. Lemmy was fired by Hawkwind because he wanted to rough things up a bit with a more aggressive sound and lifestyle. Freed up to run his malevolence through his own music, Lemmy drove hard and fast, combining a healthy dose of early speed metal with a bunch of hell-bent for leather and and a dash of punk. Lemmy is not one of the pretty boys of rock. He looks the part of a hard rocker with his weathered face, stringy hair, and warts (seriously, all that money couldn’t buy a bit of cosmetic repair? Gritty yes, but flat out ugly…?). There are many fun wonders from Motörhead’s catalog, including the signature “Ace of Spades” but since Old Sweater Guy had a bad day and is feeling sorry for himself, “Loser” is the more apt firewater song for today. And lo…

Blade Runner SoundtrackTonight’s chaser comes to us from the Blade Runner (1982) soundtrack. The music is in the crooner style popular in the 1920’s with Don Percivel as lyricist. Vangelis accompanied and Peter Skellern wrote the music. Like “Loser,” “One More Kiss Dear” is a song of some angst but “Kiss” is more melancholy.

Blade Runner bootletThe song was originally released on the tepid New American Orchestra soundtrack, although it fit much better in the 1993 Off World Music bootleg. Blade Runner is a Comics A-Go-Go! favorite and will be written about again at some point in the future (meaning possibly never since there are a mountain of things to write about).

The lyrics are below the video link.

Lyrics: “One More Kiss Dear”
One more kiss, dear, one more sigh
Only this, dear, is goodbye
For our love is such pain and such pleasure
That I’ll treasure till I die

So for now, dear, au revoir, madame
But I vow dear, not farewell
For in time we may have all love’s glory
Our love story, to tell

Just as every autumn
Leaves fall from the trees
Tumble to the ground and die
So in the springtime
Like sweet memories
They will return as will I

Like the sun, dear, up on high
We’ll return, dear, to the sky
And we’ll banish the pain and the sorrow
Until tomorrow, goodbye

One more kiss, dear, one more sigh *
Only this, dear, is goodbye
For our love is such passion, such pleasure
I will treasure, until I die

Like the sun, dear, up on high
We’ll return, dear, to the sky
And we’ll banish the pain and the sorrow
Until tomorrow, goodbye

3 thoughts on “Motörhead, meet Don Percival

  1. Oh dear that is the worst article ever written on Motorhead….For a band thats been around for 35 years and whose story has been told and retold thousands of times.As well as the invention of Google, maybe 60 seconds of research would of helped this?Tut tut tut

    1. Pretty sparse, no? Hopefully the content is essentially correct since the 25 seconds of Google research led us to believe it is. The words are mostly filler because the real meat of the “firewater and chaser” gimmick is to showcase two enjoyable songs on roughly both ends of a spectrum. As motorsmell points out, there’s a lot more to learn about Motorhead. Perhaps one drunken evening, motorsmell will spin you a yarn more profound than ours.Click through to motorsmell’s blog and request as much.

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