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Various - Snaggletooth: A Tribute To Lemmy album review

Late legend gatecrashes his own posthumous tribute album

Snaggletooth: A Tribute To Lemmy album cover

Next month will mark a year since Lemmy checked out, depriving this planet of rock’n’roll’s greatest living embodiment. It can only be imagined what the man would have made of a tribute album on which Motörhead songs are covered by bands he inspired. Of course he’d be flattered to be held in similar esteem to his own heroes but, as anyone who knew the man would agree, he’d also be laughing his arse off.

When alive, Lemmy was such a one-off that few dared try to replicate his personalised roar and rusty bass clank, let alone his colossal persona. That said, this is a rambunctious set with its heart in the right place as Overkill, Onslaught, Destruction, Perzonal War, Kärbholz and Finland’s Korpiklaani earnestly replicate the Motörhead blueprint with singers who inevitably sound rather squeaky when compared to Lemmy.

The collection is elevated by guitarist Phil Campbell ram-raiding Ugly Kid Joe’s Ace Of Spades, Monster Magnet’s bonkers take on Hawkwind’s Brainstorm and the Black Explosion’s fried Hawkwind. Lemmy himself appears, singing Queen’s Tie Your Mother Down, joining Rammstein’s Richard Kruspe on the LA-lite Rock City Night and with his friend Doro on Love Me Forever. Yes, love him forever, whatever your poison.

Kris Needs is a British journalist and author, known for writings on music from the 1970s onwards. Previously secretary of the Mott The Hoople fan club, he became editor of ZigZag in 1977 and has written biographies of stars including Primal Scream, Joe Strummer and Keith Richards. He's also written for MOJO, Record Collector, Classic Rock, Prog, Electronic Sound, Vive Le Rock and Shindig!