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Gimme a Lemmy: Campaign to rename Jack & Coke

Motorhead fans are campaigning to have Jack Daniel’s and Coke known worldwide as “The Lemmy.”

The late icon was closely connected to the drink for most of his career, although poor health had forced him to switch to vodka and orange juice in recent months. Reports suggested that his favourite bar, the Rainbow in Los Angeles, ran out of Jack and Coke after his death was announced.

A petition has been launched by @GimmeaLemmy, who says: “Jack Daniel’s and Coke will forever be associated with Ian Fraser ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister. To celebrate and remember one of rock’n’roll’s true legends, I petition everyone to henceforth and hereafter refer to the combination of Jack Daniel’s whiskey and Coca-Cola as a ‘Lemmy.’ Let it be so.”

It’s the latest in a series of tribute campaigns, which include a petition to have a chemical element named after him, and an attempt to have the Britannia Bridge in Wales renamed the Lemmy Bridge.

Meanwhile, Banger Films have released an uncut archive interview with Lemmy, which was shot in 2005. Producer Samm Dunn says: “Lemmy was one of the funniest guys I ever met. He reminded me that we shouldn’t take this stuff too seriously – that music is about having a good time.”

The funeral will be webcast live tomorrow (January 9).

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.