Motorhead — Ace of Spades

Author: tracysigler | Posted: June 11th, 2008 | | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Motörhead -- Ace of Spades

If you’ve heard only one song by Motörhead it’s almost certainly “Ace of Spades” from the album of the same name. There’s an AT&T television ad in heavy rotation, or maybe it’s just the type of shows I watch, that has a burly metalhead singing the song at the end. I’ve seen it so much I had to hear the real thing again.

One fun thing about the Ace of Spades (1980, this version on Profile Records 1986) album is its copious use of that curious percussion instrument the vibraslap. Hear one at Wikipedia. No sound conjures up the spaghetti-western, guns-about-to-be-drawn vibe more than the vibraslap’s rattle. I first became intimately familiar with the vibraslap when I was a percussionist in my junior high band, and I’ve been in love with it ever since. So, it’s probably no coincidence that my all time favorite Motorhead song is “Shoot You in the Back.” Just listen to all that vibraslap.

There are a few other great songs, but despite its fame this is not a consistent record. Unfortunately, there is also some really off-putting stuff like “Jailbait.” Come on, man.

2 Comments on “Motorhead — Ace of Spades”

  1. 1 Danny Ocean said at 10:28 am on June 13th, 2008:

    What a great cover and the song backs it up. Love these guys. Maybe add a fourth and copy the cover for the Sigler Xmas card this year?

  2. 2 Tracy Sigler said at 10:55 am on June 15th, 2008:

    Maybe Spinal Tap instead since they had four members, and wrote at least one song with Christmas in the title. Link

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