New Motorhead Hits Collection Coming

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A mew collection of Motorhead’s music will release this fall.

Everything Louder Forever is scheduled for release Oct. 29 through BMG. The collection will release separately on a deluxe 4LP foldout Edition, 2LP/2CD, 2CD, 2LP, digital download, and streaming formats. According to information presented in a news release distributed Thursday, the collection is billed as the first Motorhead collection that culls music from each era of the band’s history.

In anticipation of the collection’s release, BMG and the band premiered a new video for the band’s classic single, ‘We Are Motorhead’ Thursday. The video features live footage of the band performing live on a mountain of monitors and through various video effects. This takes place as the song plays over the visualization. Audiences can view the video and pre-order the set here.

The collection’s track listing is noted below.

2CD & 4LP track listing:
Overkill
We Are Motörhead
Snaggletooth
Rock It
Orgasmatron
Brotherhood Of Man
In The Name Of Tragedy
Bomber
Sacrifice
The Thousand Names Of God
Love For Sale
Killed By Death
I’m So Bad (Baby I Don’t Care)
Smiling Like A Killer
Sharpshooter
Queen Of The Damned
Keys To The Kingdom
Cradle To The Grave
Lost Johnny
The Game
Ace Of Spades
Burner
Stone Dead Forever
Bad Woman
Just Cos You Got The Power
Stay Out Of Jail
No Class
I Am The Sword
The Chase Is Better Than The Catch
God Save The Queen
R.A.M.O.N.E.S.
Iron Fist
Rock Out
Dirty Love
Shine
Overnight Sensation
On Your Feet Or On Your Knees
I Ain’t No Nice Guy
Sucker
1916
Choking On Your Screams
Motörhead

Motorhead most recently re-issued its live recording, No Sleep Til Hammersmith in June. Its release was preceded by the release of another live recording, Louder Than Noise… Live in Berlin.

Motorhead’s timeless classic ‘Ace of Spades’ got a special treatment July 17 at the Torenfestival in the Dutch town of Weert. The performance was initially met with surprise by festival attendees. That is visible in the video available here.

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Dutch Town’s Residents Get “Ringing” Tribute To Motorhead

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Residents in the Dutch town of Weert received a unique surprise last month during the town’s annual Torenfestival.

Local guitarist Jitse Zonnefeld joined bell-ringer Frank Steijns for a unique performance of Motorhead’s timeless classic ‘Ace of Spades’ at the July 17 festival. The performance featured Zonnefeld on guitar, paying full homage to the song and band while Steijns accompanied him, ringing out the accompaniment on the bells in one of the town’s bell towers.

The performance was initially met with surprise by festival attendees. That is visible in the video available here. By the performance’s end though, the cheers and applause from below sounded just as loudly as the bells during the performance.

It should be noted that Steijns’ day job is with Andre Rieu’s Johan Strauss Orchestra.

Anyone wanting more Motorhead have plenty from which to choose. Two archived live performances, one an extensive box set, have been released this year. They are the expansive re-issue of No Sleep Til Hammersmith and Louder than Noise … Live in Berlin.

More information on the new ‘Ace of Spades’ cover and Motorhead’s new live recordings is available along with all of the latest Motorhead news at:

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Downfall 2012 Debuts ‘Ace Of Spades’ Cover

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Downfall 2012 officially released its take on a classic Motorhead song over the weekend.

The independent hard rock band premiered its take on ‘Ace of Spades‘ Friday. The nearly three-minute take stays true to its source material while giving it a welcome update at the same time. The heavy guitar arrangement featured at the song’s heart pairs with the vocal delivery of front man Tim Armstrong to make the whole comparable to works from Adrenaline Mob.

The band said in a prepared statement that it has been covering ‘Ace of Spades’ for a long time.

“In Spring of 2021 we were invited to tour with Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Review on a number of TX dates,” the statement reads. “On the run our buddy Short E. Dangerously suggested we record our rendition of Motorhead’s ‘Ace of Spades’ for him to use in future performances.  We had been playing the song for years but never considered recording it. However, we loved Shorty’s idea and decided to give it a go!  

The statement adds, “We recorded everything in our personal studio, and then shipped it off to our producer Jim Finley to put his magic on it.  The track came out so good that we had to share it with everyone!”

More information on Downfall 2012’s take on ‘Ace of Spades’ is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Motorhead’s ‘No Sleep Til Hammersmith’ Re-Issue Will Appeal To Most Of The Band’s Fans

Courtesy: BMG/Sanctuary Records

Fans of the legendary hard rock band Motorhead are getting a second helping of the band’s live material this year.  It will come Friday in the form of the re-issue of the band’s classic live recording, No Sleep Til Hammersmith.  Scheduled for release Friday through BMG/Sanctuary, it will come less than two months after the release of the band’s latest live recording, Louder Than NoiseLive in Berlin.  That recording was released in April through Silver Linings Music.  This 40th anniversary re-issue of No Sleep Til Hammersmith offers a lot for audiences to appreciate, beginning with the main concert’s set list.  This will be discussed shortly.  The expansive bonus content that accompanies the main feature adds even more to the appeal of the re-issue’s presentation and will be discussed a little later.  The production of the content rounds out the most important of the re-issue’s elements and will be discussed later, too.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the recording.  All things considered, they make the recording another welcome addition to the music library of any Motorhead fan.

BMG/Sanctuary’s forthcoming 40th anniversary re-issue of Motorhead’s 1981 live recording No Sleep Til Hammersmith is an impressive new presentation.  It is a recording that will appeal to any Motorhead fan.  That is due in part to the set list featured in the recording’s main concert.  The 16-song set list featured in the new re-issue features the original 13-song set from the band’s original No Sleep Til Hammersmith recording plus three bonus soundcheck performances.  One of those soundchecks is of the band’s song ‘Stay Clean,’ which was originally featured in the band’s 1979 album Overkill.  There is also a full live version of that song featured as part of the set list along with five other songs from the album, four of eight songs featured in the band’s self-titled 1977 debut record, two tracks from the band’s other 1979 album, Bomber, and three more from the band’s timeless 1980 album Ace of Spades.  Given, Overkill gets the most nods in this main concert, but the bigger picture is that even though the concert itself was in support of Ace of Spades, it pulls from all of the band’s albums up to that point.  So what audiences got (and get here again) is a rich cross section of the band’s catalog up to that point.  That rich cross section (which is created in part through the bonus soundcheck performances) is made even richer through the addition to this re-issue of the band’s previously unreleased concerts that made up its very brief “No Sleep Tour.”

The concerts that made up Motorhead’s brief “No Sleep Tour” were held March 28-30, 1981 at the Queens Hall and Newcastle City Hall in England.  All three concerts repeat songs originally featured in the band’s original No Sleep Til Hammersmith concert, but also offer some variances.  Case in point is the March 30 concert at Newcastle. That concert replaces the three soundcheck performances and its cover of ‘Train Kept A Rollin’’ with performances of ‘The Chase is Better Than The Catch,’ ‘Bite The Bullet,’ ‘Too Late Too Late,’ and ‘Fire Fire’ while also adding in the songs, ‘Leaving Here,’ ‘Jailbait,’ and ‘Shoot You In The Back.’  That brings the total song count from Ace of Spades performed live eight of its 12 songs, enriching the overall catalog representation even more.  ‘Too Late Too Late’ is taken from Overkill, bringing that album’s total representation to seven of its 10 songs.  So between the two concerts, audiences are getting that much representation of the band’s catalog, which is pretty rich to say the very least.  The other two concerts do not offer any additional songs in their set lists.  That aside, the performances thereof in each concert makes for its own enjoyment.  That is because of the amount of energy that Kilmister and company put forth in each performance.  All things considered between the primary concert and the bonus, previously unreleased concert recordings, this new re-issue offers audiences so much to appreciate.  The only downside to the whole is that the concerts are being released in audio formats, but not any full, audio-visual presentations.  Officials at BMG and Sanctuary can be forgiven for that shortcoming.  Sure, it would have been nice to have had a full audiovisual presentation of all four concerts, but the audio-only presentation is still enjoyable in its own right.

Speaking of the concerts being presented in audio-only platforms, that makes the box set’s audio production just as important as anything else in this presentation.  Listening through all of the box set’s concerts, audiences will be pleased at the work put in to remaster the original tapes here.  Kilmister’s voice was always a house rocker.  That goes without saying.  His powerful vocals are well-balanced with the audio levels of his band mates’ performances in each performance.  The sound is just as raucous in these recordings as in any of the band’s other live recordings.  Keeping that in mind, the production that went into this recording’s presentation paid off.  It ensures that the concerts are just as enjoyable for their sound as for their content.  When all of this is considered with the story featured in the box set’s companion book, the whole becomes a completely immersive and enjoyable offering that any Motorhead fan will enjoy.

BMG/Sanctuary’s forthcoming re-issue of Motorhead’s No Sleep Til Brooklyn is a presentation that any Motorhead fan will appreciate.  That is due in part through the remastered presentation of the band’s original main concert feature.  It sounds just as good as the original concert if not better.  Adding to the main feature are the bonus soundcheck performances previously unreleased in the recording’s original release.  The addition of the three bonus concerts in whole enhances the presentation even more.  That is because they are themselves previously unreleased and that at least one of them builds on the amount of the band’s catalog released up to that point.  The production of the recordings brings everything together, completing the box set’s presentation.  That work ensured that the audio-only presentations all sound the best possible and succeeded in the process.  When this element is considered along with the rest of the box set’s noted elements, the whole (including the new bonus book) makes the re-issue overall a presentation that most Motorhead fans will appreciate. 

No Sleep Til Hammersmith is scheduled for release Friday through BMG/Sanctuary Records.

More information on Motorhead’s upcoming re-issue of No Sleep Til Hammerstein is available along with all of the latest Motorhead news at:

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Previously Unpublished “Rolling Stone” Magazine Motorhead Interview Unearthed

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Rolling Stone magazine has unearthed a previously unpublished interview with Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister.

The half-hour-long interview was originally recorded in 1981 at the offices of the band’s then label, Bronze Records, by journalism Malcolm Dome ahead of a festival at which Motorhead was scheduled to perform. The performance was part of the band’s support of its live recording, No Sleep Til Hammersmith.

The release of the previously unpublished interview is part of the push by BMG to promote the upcoming re-issue of No Sleep Til Hammersmith. The re-issue is scheduled for release June 25.

The band premiered a soundcheck performance of ‘Stay Clean‘ June 11. That performance is one of a handful of extras featured in the upcoming box set. The full information for the box set is noted below.

The No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith CD box set contains:

  • The No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith album, remastered from the original master tapes, featuring extra bonus tracks and newly unearthed, previously unreleased sound check recordings.
  • The three full recordings of the concerts that made up No Sleep, never before released in their entirety.
  • The story of No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith told through previously unpublished and new interviews with the people that were on the road at the time.
  • Never before seen photos and rare memorabilia.
  • Double sided, A3 concert posters from 1981.
  • Reproduction USA ’81 tour pass.
  • MOTÖRHEAD ‘England’ plectrum.
  • 1981 European tour badge.
  • Reproduction Newcastle City Hall ticket.
  • Port Vale gig flyer post card.

The box set’s track listing is noted below.

CD BOX SET TRACKLISTING
NO SLEEP ‘TIL HAMMERSMITH   Ace of Spades Stay Clean Metropolis The Hammer Iron Horse No Class Overkill (We Are) The Roadcrew Capricorn Bomber Motörhead Over The Top Train Kept A Rollin’ Stay Clean (soundcheck) Limb From Limb (soundcheck) Iron Horse (Soundcheck)LIVE AT NEWCASTLE CITY HALL 30/3/1981   Ace Of Spades Stay Clean Over The Top Metropolis Shoot You In The Back The Hammer Jailbait Leaving Here Iron Horse Fire Fire Capricorn Too Late Too Late No Class (We Are) The Road Crew Bite The Bullet The Chase Is Better Than The Catch Overkill Bomber Motörhead
LIVE AT NEWCASTLE CITY HALL 29/3/1981  Ace Of Spades Stay Clean Over The Top Metropolis Shoot You In The Back The Hammer Jailbait Leaving Here Fire Fire Capricorn Too Late Too Late No Class (We Are) The Road Crew Bite The Bullet The Chase Is Better Than The Catch Overkill Bomber MotörheadLIVE AT LEEDS QUEENS HALL 28/3/1981   Ace Of Spades Stay Clean        Over The Top   Metropolis       Shoot You In The Back The Hammer    Jailbait Leaving Here   Fire Fire           Capricorn         Too Late Too Late        No Class          (We Are) The Road Crew         Bite The Bullet The Chase Is Better Than The Catch      Overkill           Bomber Motörhead
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Motorhead Premieres New Soundcheck Performance Of Its Song, ‘Stay Clean’

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A month after releasing its latest live recording, Louder Than Noise…Live in Berlin, Motorhead’s surviving members are revisiting another of its classic tours.

The band debuted a soundcheck performance of its song ‘Stay Clean‘ Thursday along with a companion video of the rough recording. The performance was recorded during a soundcheck ahead of one of its shows in March 1981 during the “No Sleep ’81 Tour.”

‘Stay Clean’ is part of the band’s classic live recording, ‘No Sleep Til Hammersmith.’ The band is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the recording’s release this year with a new re-issue of that presentation scheduled for release June 25 hrough Sanctuary Records. Pre-rders are open for the re-issue.

The forthcoming re-issue features a new mediabook presentation complete with new liner notes. It also features a second disc that contains a previously unreleased concert from Motorhead’s “Short Sharp Pain in the Neck Tour,” which was also held in 1981.

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Motorhead’s Latest Live Recording Will Make Lots Of Noise Among The Band’s Most Devoted Audiences

Courtesy: Silver Linings Music/Motorhead Music

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic slowly continues to decrease and live shows   continue to make their return just as gradually, some bands are starting to announce their returns to the road. Others meanwhile continue to wait and see how things go or continue work on new studio material. Others still have simply been doing their part to give audiences their live fix with new live recordings. Motorhead fits into that latter group.  The band is scheduled to release its 14th (yes 14th) live recording Friday through Silver Linings Music, which also handles records for the band’s fellow British heavy metal act Saxon.  The recording, Louder than Noise…Live in Berlin, is a 15-song concert that was originally captured Dec. 5, 2012 at the Berlin Velodrome in Berlin, Germany.  It is a presentation that will appeal primarily to Motorhead’s most devoted audiences.  That is proven in part through the recording’s set list, which will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of the set list adds to its appeal, to a point.  It will be discussed a little later.  The recording’s production rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Louder than Noise…Live in Berlin.  All things considered, they make this latest of Motorhead’s many live recordings another presentation that will appeal to the band’s most devoted audiences.

Louder than Noise…Live in Berlin is an intriguing new offering from Motorhead.  It is a presentation that will appeal largely to the most devoted of the band’s audiences.  That is due in part to its featured set list.  The set list runs 15 songs deep and pulls from much of the band’s early catalog.  It is the same set list that the band performed for much of its shows on its Kings of the Road Tour, which was ironically in support of Motorhead’s then latest album, 2010’s The World is Yours.  Only one song featured in the set list – ‘I Know How to Die’ – is from that album.  The other songs featured in the set list reach farther back.  That includes going all the way back to the band’s 1979 sophomore album Overkill and all the way up to 1992 album, March or Die.  Given, four albums from that stretch are omitted here – Motorhead (1977), On Parole (1979), Iron Fist (1982), Rock ‘n’ Roll (1987) – but that still does not matter.  That the band would treat audiences to so music from nine of its albums covering such a rich portion of its catalog is something special.  Add in a guitar solo that the band dubbed ‘String Theory’ that sounds like it belongs on a Pink Floyd record – which is quite a way to break up the otherwise nonstop energy in this set list – and the noted audiences get a set list that forms a solid starting  point for the recording. The overall set list is anything but unfamiliar.  Much of the set list featured here is composed of songs featured in many of the band’s existing live recordings.  That aside, longtime fans will still enjoy it.  The band’s performance of the set list adds its own touch to the presentation here.

The performance of Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell, and Mikkey Dee throughout the course of its performance here is notable because of its role in keeping audiences engaged and entertained.  As has already been noted, the concert, for the most part, keeps the energy high.  Even in more laid back moments, such as in ‘Metropolis,’ and ‘You Better Run,’ the band still manages to keep the energy flowing through the slower but still heavy arrangements.  Campbell works his way through each song expertly, complimenting Dee’s drumming and Kilmister’s bass work so well.  Kilmister’s confidence as he leads the way is just as entertaining.  Dee meanwhile, deserves his own praise, as he solidly keeps  the time in each high-energy composition. The band keeps the banter between songs to an extreme minimum, instead letting the songs and their energies do the talking.  The power in each song’s performance does much to illustrate the band members’ confidence, making for even more engagement and entertainment for listeners.  When the entertainment and engagement ensured by the band’s performance is considered along with that generated by the concert’s familiar set list, the recording proves even more appealing to the noted fans.  Thee two elements are only a portion of the recording’s presentation.  The recording’s production rounds out its most important elements.

It should be disclosed here that this critic was only provided a streaming audio presentation of Louder than Noise…Live in Berlin, rather than a streaming video link.  To that end, this discussion will focus solely on the recording’s audio production.  If a streaming video link is provided at some time, then this discussion will include a focus on that aspect.  Having noted all of this, the audio production that went into the audio-only presentation of Motorhead’s new recording is positive in its own right.  It is rich and fully immersive.  Kilmister’s semi-mumbling vocal delivery style is just as present here as on any of Motorhead’s studio recordings.  Campbell’s guitar cuts through in each song, including the deeply moving ‘String Theory’ guitar solo.  Dee’s cymbal crashes, snare hits, etc. are just as well-balanced against Campbell’s guitar and Kilmister’s vocals and bass.  At no point in the concert is any one part overpowering against the others.  The effect is that it makes the recording’s general effect just as appealing for audiences as the concert’s content.  When that content and the presentation thereof is considered together, the result is a presentation (at least in terms of the concert’s audio presentation) that Motorhead’s most devoted audiences will appreciate.

The audio-only presentation of Motorhead’s new live recording, Louder than Noise…Live in Berlin will appeal to any of the band’s most devoted, longtime audiences.  that is proven in part through its set list.  While clearly familiar, featuring a number of songs that are also featured in many of the band’s existing live recordings, the set list does well in its presentation of the band’s early catalog.  That is despite the fact that the concert was part of a tour that was meant to support then far more recent studio recording.  It celebrates Motorhead’s developmental years, which will itself appeal to the noted audiences.  The band’s performance of the recording’s featured set list will keep audiences engaged and entertained what with the energy exuded by each musician as the group makes its way through the set.  The recording’s production rounds out its most important elements.  Even considering that solely of the audio presentation, every level is expertly balanced throughout.  That is a tribute to the work of those who recorded the concert on site and those who handled the production in post.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of this recording.  All things considered, they make Louder than Noise…Live in Berlin a presentation about which Motorhead’s most devoted fans will make plenty of noise.  Louder than Noise…Live in Berlin is scheduled for release Friday through Silver Linings Music and Motorhead Music.

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Silver Linings Music Premieres ‘Rock It’ Live Clip From Motorhead’s New Live Recording

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Motorhead fans got another preview of Motorhead’s forthcoming live recording over the weekend.

Silver Linings Music, which is scheduled to release the band’s new recording, Louder Than Noise…Live in Berlin, April 23, premiered a live clip of the band performing its single, ‘Rock It‘ Friday. The clip is the second from the recording, coming more than a month after the recording’s first clip — that of the band performing ‘Over The Top‘ — was released.

The concert featured in the recording was originally captured Dec. 5, 2012 at the Berlin Velodrom. Approximately 12,000 people attended that concert.

The forthcoming recording will release on CD/DVD combo pack, 2LP, digital, and deluxe box set. The box set contains the recording on each noted platform and a bonus “Motorhead branded passport cover.”

The set list runs 15-songs deep and also features Motorhead hits, such as ‘Doctor Rock,’ Damage Case, and ‘Ace of Spades.’ The recording’s full set list is noted below.

Track Listing:

I Know How to Die – Live in Berlin 2012

Damage Case – Live in Berlin 2012

Stay Clean – Live in Berlin 2012

Metropolis – Live in Berlin 2012

Over the Top – Live in Berlin 2012

Doctor Rock – Live in Berlin 2012

String Theory – Live in Berlin 2012

The Chase Is Better Than the Catch – Live in Berlin 2012

Rock It – Live in Berlin 2012

You Better Run – Live in Berlin 2012

The One to Sing the Blues – Live in Berlin 2012

Going to Brazil – Live in Berlin 2012

Killed by Death – Live in Berlin 2012

Ace of Spades – Live in Berlin 2012

Overkill – Live in Berlin 2012

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Silver Linings Music To Release New Motorhead Live Recording

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Motorhead fans will get a new archived live concert from the band this spring.

The band is scheduled to release its new live recording, Louder Than NoiseLive in Berlin April 23 through Silver Lining Music. The concert featured in the recording was originally captured Dec. 5, 2012 at the Berlin Velodrom. Approximately 12,000 people attended that concert.

The forthcoming recording will release on CD/DVD combo pack, 2LP, digital, and deluxe box set. The box set contains the recording on each noted platform and a bonus “Motorhead branded passport cover.”

In anticipation of the recording’s release, Silver Linings Music has released a live clip of the band performing the song ‘Over The Top.’

‘Over The Top’ is just one of the songs featured in the forthcoming live recording. The set list runs 15-songs deep and also features Motorhead hits, such as ‘Doctor Rock,’ Damage Case, and ‘Ace of Spades.’ The recording’s full set list is noted below.

Track Listing:

I Know How to Die – Live in Berlin 2012

Damage Case – Live in Berlin 2012

Stay Clean – Live in Berlin 2012

Metropolis – Live in Berlin 2012

Over the Top – Live in Berlin 2012

Doctor Rock – Live in Berlin 2012

String Theory – Live in Berlin 2012

The Chase Is Better Than the Catch – Live in Berlin 2012

Rock It – Live in Berlin 2012

You Better Run – Live in Berlin 2012

The One to Sing the Blues – Live in Berlin 2012

Going to Brazil – Live in Berlin 2012

Killed by Death – Live in Berlin 2012

Ace of Spades – Live in Berlin 2012

Overkill – Live in Berlin 2012

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Foo Fighters’ New LP Is A Welcome Dose Of New Music

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Foo Fighters officially returned Friday with its first new album in more than three years in the form of Medicine at Midnight.  While the wait for the band’s new nine-song record was a little long, it was a wait that ultimately has proven worth it.  That is because what the band has offered audiences in this 36-minute album is a presentation that exhibits a band that was not afraid of taking a risk, musically speaking.  The content is familiar at points, but also shows growth from the band.  The lyrical content generates its own interest and will lead to plenty of discussion among listeners, too.  ‘Waiting on a War,’ one of the album’s early singles serves well to support the noted statements.  It will be discussed shortly.  Much the same can be said of ‘No Son of Mine,’ which comes late in the album’s run.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘Chasing Birds’ is yet another way in which Medicine at Midnight shows how much it has to offer audiences.  It will also be discussed later.  When it is considered along with the rest of the album’s songs, the whole of the album becomes a work that while maybe not Foo Fighters’ best  album, is still an enjoyable addition to the band’s catalog.

Foo Fighters’ latest album – its 10thMedicine at Midnight is another record that the band’s established audiences and more casual fans alike will find enjoyable.  That is proven throughout the album through its musical and lyrical content.  ‘Waiting on a War,’ one of the album’s early singles, is one way in which this is proven.  While many audiences have lambasted the song, it is in fact quite an interesting work.  Front man Dave Grohl explained in a press release, that the song was spawned after having had a conversation with his daughter about her concerns about the possibility of the United States going to war with another nation.  Considering that his daughter was 11 years-old at the time, it would explain why the song’s musical arrangement starts out in such soft fashion.  Maybe that softer start is meant to echo his daughter’s innocence and maybe the emotion felt by father and daughter alike during the conversation.  As the song progresses, the energy picks up, becoming more intense.  That could represent Grohl’s growing tension as he thought about the discussion during the day.  It would make sense.

Keeping in mind that the song stemmed from a discussion between Grohl and his daughter, the lyrical content does well in its own right here to reflect the conversation.  The song opens, stating, “I’ve been waiting on a war since I was young/Since I was a little boy with a toy gun/Never really wanted to be number one/Just wanted to love someone.”  The contemplation continues in the song’s chorus, which finds Grohl asking, “Is there more to this than that?/More to this than just waiting on a war?”  This overall opening statement is powerful in its own right.  As Grohl noted in his noted press release, he grew up during the latter days of the Cold War during the 1980s.  That was a period of great tensions between the U.S. and Russia.  So it would make sense that he notes here, the issue of “waiting on a war/Since I was a little boy with a toy gun.”  The question that follows in the chorus echoes Grohl’s statement of feelings of frustration at everything that went on during his own childhood and how that of his daughter.  That frustration is presented just as much in the song’s second verse, which once again returns to his childhood, stating, “Every day/Waiting for the sky to fall/Big crash on a world that’s so small/Just a boy with nowhere left to go/Fell in love with a voice on the radio.”  He continues in the song’s post-chorus, “Just waiting on a war for this and that/There’s got to be more to this than that…Is there more to this than just waiting on a war?”  This overall statement is hardly the first time that any musical act has taken on the misery of war and even the fear of war.  However, it is just as powerful in the case of this song as in any of the song’s counterparts and predecessors.  The whole of this lyrical and musical content is certain to echo with listeners, in turn proving by itself why the album offers much to appreciate.  For all that it does to show what Medicine at Midnight has to offer audiences, “Waiting on a War’ is just one of the album’s standout tracks.  ‘No Son of Mine’ is another example of what the album has to offer.

‘No Son of Mine’ is a direct contrast to ‘Waiting on a War’ at least in terms of its musical arrangement.  Where ‘Waiting on a War’ was a controlled musical composition, this song’s arrangement is a more fiery work right off the bat.  Its sound actually echoes hints of Motorhead to a point in the verses, while the chorus sections oddly sound somewhat like Golden Earring’s ‘Radar Love.’  Yes, it sounds like one heck of a joining of influences, but the whole somehow works and makes the song memorable in its own right.  The energy exuded through the song’s up-tempo musical arrangement partners well with the statement made through its lyrical accompaniment.

Grohl pointed out during an interview that the song’s lyrical content is meant to present a socio-political commentary.  He said of the song, “This is the kind of song that resides in all of us, and it makes sense at the time, we let it out…Lyrically it’s meant to poke at the hypocrisy of self-righteous leaders, people that are guilty of committing the crimes they’re supposedly against.”  It doesn’t matter which side of the aisle on takes, politicians on both sides fit into this statement.  The statement in question is reinforced right from the song’s outset in its lead verse, which states, “No son of mine will ever do/The work of villains/The will of fools/If you believe it/It must be true/No son of mine.”  It is as if this is one of those hypocritical elected officials screaming to the treetops in front of the masses, convincing them that they are so pure and perfect.  Those officials continue crowing, “No son of mine will ever need/to beg forgiveness/No wicked deed/Head full  of evil/Heart full of greed/No son of mine”  There is so much overt piousness in this overall statement, it makes so clear the hypocrisy that the song is attempting to convey from those elected officials.  The self-righteousness of those individuals is made just as clear in the song’s third and fourth (yes, fourth) verses, so there is no need to continue on from here.  The song’s chorus puts the period to the statement as it reads, “Here we are/The living dead/Han to God/With one foot in the grave/Age of lost innocence/Don’t forget what your good book says.”  In other words here are those officials carrying on as they do so often, about religious views while not really walking the walk.  Between this final accent and everything noted in the song’s verses, what audiences get here is a damning indictment of this nation’s elected officials.  Again, it does not matter whether one is Republican or Democrat.  The reality is that these statements apply to elected officials on both sides of the aisle.  Paired with the fiery energy in the song’s musical arrangement, the whole becomes a work that is certain to show in its own way, the power of the song overall.  It is still not the last of the album’s most notable works.  ‘Chasing Birds’ is yet another way in which Medicine at Midnight shows its strength.

‘Chasing Birds’ is Medicine at Midnight’s penultimate entry.  This song’s musical arrangement is quite the laid back composition.  It is so relaxed that one might thing this song is meant to be a  positive work, but in reality, its lyrical content shows that it is in fact rather melancholy.

The melancholy nature in the song’s lyrical content comes right off the top in the song’s lead verse, which finds Grohl singing, “Chasing birds to get high/My head is in the clouds/Chasing birds to get by/I’m never coming down/My heart is six feet underground.”  That last couple of lines juxtaposing where the subject’s mind and heart reside is almost like a statement about someone trying so hard to escape some very negative feelings even though they clearly are there.  That seeming inner turmoil is made even clearer in the song’s chorus, which states, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions/Dark inventions of mine/The road to hell is paved with broken parts/Bleeding hearts like mine.”  Yet again, here, audiences are presented with a continued commentary about someone dealing with some heavy emotions.  The song’s second verse puts the final accent to the commentary, stating, “Chasing birds through the sky/And deep into the black/Chasing birds/Say goodbye/I’m never coming back/Here comes anther heart attack.”  This is a powerful statement that will certainly hit listeners hard.  Overall, the song’s lyrical approach is something rarely if ever tackled by Foo Fighters in any of its existing songs.  Keeping that in mind along with the way in which the topic was handled – including the role of the song’s musical arrangement alongside its lyrical content – the song in whole becomes another clear example of what makes Foo Fighters’ new album worth hearing.  When it and the other songs examined here are considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole of that group makes the album overall while not the year’s best rock record, at least one of the year’s best.

Foo Fighters’ new album Medicine at Midnight is another worthwhile offering from the veteran rock band.  That is proven throughout the record in its musical and lyrical content alike.  Each of the songs examined here support the noted statements.  When they are considered along with the rest of the album’s songs, the whole makes Medicine at Midnight a dose of music that Foo Fighters fans and rock fans alike will welcome. Medicine at Midnight is available now.  More information on the album is available along with all of Foo Fighters’ latest news at:

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