NY Times Lemmy Interview

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I know you are having some health issues, and you just canceled Motörhead’s European tour. How are you feeling?
I just feel really down. I’ll never get a job again. I’m paying for the good times, I suppose. It’s a mixture of all the things I ever did — and I did plenty.
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Do you have to stop drinking?
I’ve already given up smoking. I drink wine and that’s it.

Motörhead has been called the loudest heavy-metal band in history. You’re 67 now. How is your hearing?
My hearing is usually O.K. I mean, I can hear you asking me about it.

Maxim reported that you slept with about 1,200 women. Is this still correct?
No, what I said was 1,000, and they said 2,000. I don’t know why they said that. A thousand is enough. I was doing my best.

Did you stop at 1,000?
You don’t stop at 1,000, do you?

I wouldn’t know.
I wasn’t counting. I mean, I just rounded it up over the years, you know. I’ve always been on the lookout.

Do you own a figurine of yourself?
I own three of them around here. They were given to me. I’ll tell you what was funny about those — they made five different kinds, right, and there’s a gold one, a silver one, two natural-color ones and a black one, all black. Shellac black. I just don’t get that.

You once called your father a “nasty little weasel.” Did you ever reconcile with him?
No, he died nine years back. We didn’t run through the cornfields to each other in slow motion.

A lot of heavy-metal giants had very problematic relationships with their fathers. Why do you think that is?
You could say that about anyone, really, couldn’t you? With heavy metal, I suppose it’s because of the look. Parents don’t like you looking like this and going out and disgracing the family.

Many people are hoping that you are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. How important is that for you?
Well, I was not very impressed when I visited the place. I mean, they borrowed my Ace of Spades tour jacket and a pair of boots off me to have in a display, and I never got them back. They lost them.

Do you have any resentment toward them?
No, I don’t have any resentment. I mean, it was just an employee, obviously. I wasn’t very impressed with the biggest room in the place: the gift shop.

Have you ever met any other Lemmys?
I know a couple of Dogs and a couple of Parakeets.

You said that you appreciated the Beatles early on because of the sarcastic approach that they took to music.
And the harmonies.

Do you feel as if you take a sarcastic approach to rock?
If you don’t, you’re dead, you know, and if you believe that good things are going to happen, it’s going to be severe for you later, because they aren’t.

How do you think Motörhead would have fared over all these years if you had kept its original name, Bastard?
We would be right on the money when the punks came in, wouldn’t we? We never actually went out as Bastard. You can’t write to the lunatic fringe, you know.

I remember reading a story about you in Rolling Stone, and they found a bunch of Nazi stuff in your house. You don’t have any sympathies that way, do you?
Of course not. I’m against any religion, and Communism and Nazism — they’re both equally religions. They’re just replacement gods.

You don’t believe in God?
I believe I’ll have a drink.

Lemmy is God, according to the movie “Airheads,” right?
No, God is taller, and he dresses better. He lives in a Cape Cod cottage on the end of Rhode Island.
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You don’t believe in God?
I believe I’ll have a drink.

Lemmy is God, according to the movie “Airheads,” right?
No, God is taller, and he dresses better. He lives in a Cape Cod cottage on the end of Rhode Island.


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I'm sorry he is paying his dues for fast living. I enjoy his candid views.
 

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I don't feel sorry for him, and I don't understand why so many people do. He had a lot of good times. He's 67 now and seems to still be enjoying himself. Why be sorry that someone enjoyed his life just because he might lose a few useless years off the end? I'm sure if he could do it all over again, even if he tried to change, he would have turned out the same way, doing what he wants to do, and there's nothing wrong with that.
 

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I don't feel sorry for him. He had a lot of good times. He's 67 now and seems to still be enjoying himself. Why be sorry that someone enjoyed his life just because he might lose a few useless years off the end? I'm sure if he could do it all over again, even if he tried to change, he would have turned out the same way, doing what he wants to do, and there's nothing wrong with that.
He didn't ask for anyone to feel sorry for him.
 

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Motörhead has been called the loudest heavy-metal band in history. You’re 67 now. How is your hearing?
My hearing is usually O.K. I mean, I can hear you asking me about it.
Maxim reported that you slept with about 1,200 women. Is this still correct?
No, what I said was 1,000, and they said 2,000. I don’t know why they said that. A thousand is enough. I was doing my best.
You once called your father a “nasty little weasel.” Did you ever reconcile with him?
No, he died nine years back. We didn’t run through the cornfields to each other in slow motion.
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He slept with over a 1000 women. Damn, that's good. How many kids? His "secret son" may never be revealed to the world.

Motorhead's Lemmy: "I'll Never Meet My Secret Son" - in Metal News ( Metal Underground.com )

And Lemmy insists the man is better off without knowing the true identity of his father.

Lemmy says, "He's a computer programmer. His mother went and found him. She's a social worker and wears these diaphanous paisley smocks.


Could I be his secret son? Daddy, how about some free referrals (to groupies)?

Need more folklore? How about this blog about Lemmy's courage:

http://tyrannyoftradition.com/2012/04/05/lemmy-has-surgery-to-remove-both-livers-plays-concert-that-night/

Yesterday afternoon, Lemmy Kilmister became the first man to ever have both livers removed at the same time. The marathon 6-hour surgery was followed by a half hour of recovery, dinner at a local bar and a 2-hour set of classic Motorhead tunes in at The Rock Center, a metal club in downtown Pocatello, Idaho.
 

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He didn't ask for anyone to feel sorry for him.
I didn't say he did, I was just saying that other people need to quit feeling sorry for him. He lived and is still living the life he wants to live, and he's enjoying himself very much. There's nothing to feel sorry for.
 

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I didn't say he did, I was just saying that other people need to quit feeling sorry for him. He lived and is still living the life he wants to live, and he's enjoying himself very much. There's nothing to feel sorry for.
Who is feeling sorry for him?? Name some...
You said you don't feel sorry for him. That's not what others feel.
 

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Motorhead+Mercyful Fate+Exciter was THE LOUDEST show ever. I thought Panzers were attacking my brains, I LOVED it.
 

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He slept with over a 1000 women. Damn, that's good. How many kids? His "secret son" may never be revealed to the world.

Motorhead's Lemmy: "I'll Never Meet My Secret Son" - in Metal News ( Metal Underground.com )

And Lemmy insists the man is better off without knowing the true identity of his father.

Lemmy says, "He's a computer programmer. His mother went and found him. She's a social worker and wears these diaphanous paisley smocks.


Could I be his secret son? Daddy, how about some free referrals (to groupies)?

Need more folklore? How about this blog about Lemmy's courage:

Lemmy Has Surgery To Remove Both Livers; Plays Concert That Night | The Tyranny of Tradition

Yesterday afternoon, Lemmy Kilmister became the first man to ever have both livers removed at the same time. The marathon 6-hour surgery was followed by a half hour of recovery, dinner at a local bar and a 2-hour set of classic Motorhead tunes in at The Rock Center, a metal club in downtown Pocatello, Idaho.
His son has played live with Motorhead a bunch of times. In the Lemmy documentary that came out a few years ago they were shooting a scene in his home where he was showing all his stuff off and one of the cameramen asked him what his favorite thing was an he said his son.
 

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Lemmy with a tele.

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