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Back in 2011, Goldmine interviewed Lemmy Kilmister about the release of the documentary Lemmy. We've pulled some quotes unrelated to the movie that were too rich to still be buried all these years later. Let's just call them a bunch of life lessons from the late Motörhead icon. 

  

In the beginning: Polygram publicity photo of Motörhead (L-R) Phil Taylor, Lemmy and Fast Eddie Clarke.

In the beginning: Polygram publicity photo of Motörhead (L-R) Phil Taylor, Lemmy and Fast Eddie Clarke.

Why Motörhead were so prolific

We seem to make an album every 18 months or so and I think every band should do that. We’re not writing Sgt. Pepper every time; we are writing straight ahead rock and roll, do you know what I mean?

  

Lemmy loved The Beatles. A photo still of Motorhead's bassist browsing for Beatles albums at an Amoeba Records in the documentary "Lemmy." "The Beatles had an influence on everybody," he said. 

Lemmy loved The Beatles. A photo still of Motorhead's bassist browsing for Beatles albums at an Amoeba Records in the documentary "Lemmy." "The Beatles had an influence on everybody," he said. 

The influence of The Beatles on Motörhead

The Beatles had an influence on everybody. You have to realize what an incredible explosion The Beatles were. They were the first band to not have a lead singer in the band. They were the first band to write their own songs in Britain because we always just covered American songs before that. Everybody was singing at the same time and the harmonies were great. Daily papers in England used to have an entire page of the paper dedicated to what The Beatles had done the day before. When George died the guards at Buckingham Palace played a medley of George’s songs during the changing of the guard; that sort of thing never happens.

The best decade

Probably the '60s, because there were hardly any rules and heroin hadn’t shown up, so people hadn’t started dying. It was incredibly upbeat, and we almost did change the world. I guess that was the best one … the '70s were pretty good, too.

  

Regarding drug use

Eric Clapton wrote “Layla” when he was coked out of his mind. Later on, it nearly killed him. You’ve got to try to figure out which is the bigger benefit and which is the bigger loser. It nearly killed him; he was in a very, very bad way for a long time, but he came through it. Most people don’t come through it because they don’t have the money to buy the people to look after them. Most people die a miserable and lonely death because they don’t have the people to nurse them and get them through it all.

  

On heroin, in particular

I hate that sh*t. It killed off a lot of my generation. It killed off a lot of my friends. Now this generation is getting killed off again. I can’t believe it. How many dead bodies do we need to have piled up?

You have to remember that before rock and roll there were a bunch of jazz musicians all doing heroin. That sh*t has been around a long time. Every generation thinks they are stronger than the generation before it. They think, “It can’t happen to me.” In the past people have died making that same mistake. Maybe you should take note. People lose their lives in the drug wars and you don’t have to prove it to yourself because others have proved it for you.

  

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On theft

We never nicked stuff from other bands because that was a no-no, because we were all in the same boat. You don’t steal from the poor because, let’s face it, they’re poor. There’s no sense in that.

   

On marriage

I have never been married, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t mate. As you get older you get too many bad habits. Who is ever going to put up with me?

  

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