Wen I began this blog in March of 2015, I clearly had no way of knowing that within months I’d begin paying tribute to the dying members of the classic Motorhead lineup as they slowly began dying. It started with drummer “Philthy Animal” Taylor, then a few weeks later we lost Lemmy himself, obviously signaling the end of the band. Then came the news earlier this month that we lost guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke on Jan 10, 2018 due to pneumonia. What a shitty way to start off the new year, because he was the last surviving member of the original lineup that brought us such filthy albums like Overkill, Bomber, and of course, Ace Of Spades.
Wanna know why those early albums were so influential? Yeah, Lemmy and “Philthy” brought the thunder, but Eddie brought the filth. Eddie’s guitar style is heavily rooted in blues, and rightfully so. But the way he incorporated it into the Motorhead sound was just…so…fucking…imperfect that it was perfect! His riffs, his speed, his ATTITUDE, the let it fly style in his solos. Add in that voice that sounds like Lemmy gargled fire and the result is pure, beautiful, disgusting filth and no one else can come close. When he left after 1982’s Iron Fist, shit was never the same. That’s not a knock, Motorhead continued to kick ass all the way until Lemmy died. But shit just seemed less filthy afterwards. Here are two examples from Overkill that show just how filthy Eddie’s playing was.
Rest In Peace “Fast” Eddie Clarke. October 5th, 1950 – January 10th, 2018.