May 8th is a momentous day in the world of metal. This year marks the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest thrash metal songs of all time: Motorhead’s Ace of Spades.
My first exposure to “Ace of Spades” came on Winnipeg’s 92 CITI-FM in the spring of 1980. I’d never, ever heard anything that fast and loud and heavy in my life. Even today, I think it’s close to the perfect rock song. Nothing is wasted in that two minutes and forty-five seconds.
Here’s a statement from Motorhead’s people:
“Ace Of Spades – the title track of Motorhead’s 1980 iconic, game-changing album – isn’t just one of the greatest hard rock songs ever written, it has truly become a lifestyle anthem for several generations of rockers, metalheads, punks, bikers, athletes, rebels, outcasts, and freethinkers all around the world.
“Few songs in modern history can instantly ignite the adrenaline of music fans the way the song’s opening dirty bass riff and drum roll can. From zero to 100 mph in a matter of seconds, that speaker-destroying opening riff is unstoppable. And the song changed the course of hard rock… forever.
“We do hope you can join us as part of this celebration of all things Motorhead. Lockdown may be going on all around us but the world is ours and we were born to raise hell! We look forward to celebrating 40 years of lawn-killing, bastard rock’n’roll with you all!”
A new lyric video to mark the occasion debuted today. And if you go to the band’s Facebook page and Instagram account, you can “warpig” your face with a special filter.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to pour another Lemmy (Jack Daniels and Coke).