It’s been 35 years since Motörhead released No Sleep Til Hammersmith (arguably one of the top ten live records ever). England may be more divided over Brexit than they have been about anything in a long time, but one thing the whole world loves is Motörhead. So how does Clean Your Clock stack up, a very late career Munich 2015 performance ? While it aint a career changing live opus, it can’t be declared a post-death cash in either. Hearing the love and grit in the songs and Lemmy’s rattling and killer bass tone as the band hold court, you can’t help but get that “rock n roll will never die” feeling, even if we now know that even God is mortal.
The DVD is more kind than the audio, seeing a huge and adoring crowd, but the band soldier on and usually sound musically awesome even though vocally Lemmy is very tired sounding here and there and struggling. But it makes you love the guy even more.
“Bomber” sounds great even if Lemmy is already sounding pretty winded, but the drive and the fact he is still trying says so much. His ability to project his already limited (if awesome) vocal range is certainly limited compared to the band’s biggest glory days, but while it makes you sad here and there to hear Lemmy sounding old and short of breath, the band still can “clean your clock” up there with the best of them. Seeing them for the second time just a few years ago at Mayhem, they stole the show from Slayer and Slipknot! All I’m saying is you could do far worse than this by purchasing some new bands live albums. And you CERTAINLY ought to own Bad Magic, the final studio effort Lemmy and the boys turned in because it is beastly.
In a divided world, it is amazing that a band as uncouth and unapologetic as these guys brought so many types of folks together to rock.