Saturday, March 05, 2011

Devil At the Movies : Lemmy

There are very few iconic figures in heavy music these days. You have your Dave Mustaines of Megadeth, and Lars Ulrich of Metallica but these guys are just well known for their quirks. The truly iconic figures are the ones that predate them like Ozzy or Lemmy. I sat down today to watch the movie released last year on the man Lemmy himself. And just when you think you've been exposed to what the press says so much that you know a person something like this film comes along and shows you really don't know shit.

I think most people equate Lemmy as this gravelly voiced frontman from a dirty rock band. Looks like a biker, has the moles and the Rickenbacker bass guitar endlessly singing the Ace of Spades. An intidimating figure. The movie 'Lemmy' shows a completely different side.While I'm sure he was a hellraiser in his youth and the movie eludes to some of this, the Lemmy today is a quiet, intelligent man that everybody seems to love and who goes through life just doing his thing. Whether it's collecting tons of war items and just random crap, to endlessly playing slot machines to recording and touring with Motorhead. There are alot of poignant moments in the movie including time spent with his son and the story behind that, to certain drugs killing his friends to just age in general.

I'm not going to give away too much on the movie. But I do recommend it. It's yet another piece that really let's you make a connection you'd never think in a million years you would. While fans go crazy idolizing the frontman for a legenday band, behind the scenes he's just a regular bloke. To an extent. The tag line says 49% motherfucker and 51% Son of a bitch. It's so far off the mark it's not even funny. Long live Lemmy and go see this movie, even if you're not a fan you'll be glad you did.

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