Motorhead’s Lemmy Prepares Headcat and Solo Albums
While Motorhead is best known for pioneering its own deafening brand of heavy metal, HeadCat gives the Welsh headbanging icon a chance to pay tribute to the melodic groups that inspired him to pick up a bass: early rock and roll bands such as the Beatles.
"The Beatles were my boys," Lemmy told Billboard. "Everybody in England was either the Stones or the Beatles. I was the Beatles... I was always very impressed by ‘You Can't Do That.’ When I heard it, I thought it was a soul group. It didn't sound like white boys."
HeadCat cover 'You Can’t Do That' and other nuggets on 'Walk the Walk...Talk the Talk,' due June 21, the band’s third LP since 2000. The trio also includes Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom and Lonesome Spur guitarist Danny Harvey. Clocking in under 30 minutes, the new album also features two swinging original songs and versions of Chuck Berry’s 'Let It Rock,' Eddie Cochran's 'Something Else,' a revved-up take on Elvis Presley's 'Trying to Get to You,' and Robert Johnson’s 'Crossroads.'
Lemmy’s love of oldies was front-and-center in the recent documentary 'Lemmy: 49% Motherf---er, 51% Son of a Bitch,' which teased tunes slated for his upcoming solo LP, a star-studded project that’s been in the works for years. Players on the project include Dave Grohl, Joan Jett and the Reverend Horton Heat.
According to the singer, the solo disc could be released next year, and will cover the middle ground between Motorhead and HeadCat: "It's either very inconsistent or very eclectic, depending how you look at it."
Watch Headcat Perform “Crossroads” Live