The spirit of Motörhead lives on with a rockin’ collection of the band’s various cover songs due in September.
Under Cöver compiles 11 of the band’s cover songs from the last 25 years of their career–featuring the band’s most consistent lineup of late frontman/bassist Lemmy Kilmister, guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee. Only a handful of the covers (including interpretations of Judas Priest, The Rolling Stones, Twisted Sister, Metallica and others) were released on studio albums, with many making their appearances either as bonus tracks or compilation songs.
But it wouldn’t be a typical compilation without some rarities. In this case, it’s a bittersweet cover of “Heroes” by David Bowie (who, ironically, died only weeks after Lemmy at the start of 2016), recorded during the sessions for the band’s final album, Bad Magic. Though it’s not touted as unreleased, the cover of the Ramones’ “Rockaway Beach” appears to have been slated for the album We’re a Happy Family: A Tribute to Ramones but ultimately not included on that set.
Under Cöver will be available on CD, 180-gram LP or a deluxe box set that combines both formats with a laminate and jacket patch. All of them will be in stores worldwide September 1, with only Amazon U.K. links for the first two formats active at this time.
Under Cöver (Motörhead Music, 2017)
- Breaking The Law (Judas Priest)
- God Save The Queen (The Sex Pistols)
- “Heroes” (David Bowie)
- Starstruck (with Biff Blyford) (Rainbow)
- Cat Scratch Fever (Ted Nugent)
- Jumpin’ Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones)
- Sympathy For The Devil (The Rolling Stones)
- Hellraiser (Ozzy Osbourne)
- Rockaway Beach (Ramones)
- Shoot ‘Em Down (Twisted Sister)
- Whiplash (Metallica)
Track 1 from Hell Bent Forever: A Tribute to Judas Priest (Deadline Music, 2008)
Track 2 from We Are Motörhead (Steamhammer, 2000)
Track 3 from the sessions to Bad Magic – previously unreleased
Track 4 from Ronnie James Dio: This is Your Life (Rhino R2 541879, 2014)
Tracks 5 and 8 from March ör Die (WTG Records/Epic, 1992)
Track 6 from reissue of Bastards (ZYX Music, 1993/reissued Steamhammer, 2001)
Track 7 from Bad Magic (UDR/Motörhead Music, 2015)
Track 9 recorded for We’re a Happy Family: A Tribute to Ramones (DV8/Columbia, 2002) – previously unreleased
Track 10 from Twisted Forever: A Tribute to the Legendary Twisted Sister (Koch, 2001)
Track 11 from limited edition of Kiss of Death (Steamhammer, 2006)