Motörhead is a British rock group formed in 1975. They are typically classified as heavy metal, and their fusion of punk rock into the genre helped in creating speed metal and thrash metal. Lemmy dislikes such labels, preferring to describe the band’s material simply as “rock n’ roll” and usually opening live concerts with the line “We are Motörhead. We play rock and roll.” Motörhead’s approach has remained the same over the band’s career, preferring to play what they enjoy and do best; their appreciation of early rock and roll is reflected in some of their occasional cover music. Motörhead’s lyrics typically cover such topics as war, good versus evil, addiction of power, promiscuous sex, substance abuse, and “life on the road”.
The band’s distinctive fanged-face logo, with its oversized boar’s horns, chains, and spikes, was conspired by artist Joe Petagno in 1977 for the cover of the Motörhead album and has appeared in many variations on covers of ensuing units. The fanged face has been referred to variously as “War-Pig” and “Snaggletooth”. The ensemble is ranked number 26 on VH1’s 100 Greatest artists of Hard Rock. They are cited as the first speed metal lineup.