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The origin of Motörhead’s mascot and logo according to Lemmy

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The origin of Motörhead’s mascot and logo according to Lemmy

Motörhead has one of the most known band mascots, Snaggletooth, that is a kind of ‘War-Pig’. In an interview with Revolver magazine back in 2002, the late bassist and singer Lemmy Kilmister explained the origin of the band’s mascot and logo, saying that the font was inspired by the one used by Blue Öyster Cult.

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The origin of Motörhead’s mascot and logo according to Lemmy:

“This artist, Joe Pategno, met our manager in a bar somewhere, and our manager hired him to do our logo. I told him I wanted something between a rusty, decaying robot, and a knight-errant with armor. And he came back with the face with the horns on the head, with the chains between them.”

“It looked really soppy, you know. So I said, ‘Why don’t we put the horns in the mouth?’ And we’ve never changed it. Although he’s done a lot of good variations on it for different album covers.” Lemmy was then asked if Pategno also cread the font and he said: “No. I said, ‘Do it in gothic, and put an umlaut in there — make it look mean!’ I got that from Blue Öyster Cult. [Laughs]”

Motörhead

Motörhead were a British rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, songwriter and only constant member Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, guitarist Larry Wallis and drummer Lucas Fox.

The band are often considered a precursor to the new wave of British heavy metal, which re-energised heavy metal in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Though several guitarists and drummers have played in Motörhead, most of their best-selling albums and singles feature the work of Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor on drums and “Fast” Eddie Clarke on guitars.

Motörhead released 22 studio albums, 10 live recordings, 12 compilation albums, and five EPs over a career spanning 40 years. Usually a power trio, they had particular success in the early 1980s with several successful singles in the UK Top 40 chart.

Lemmy

Motörhead singer and bassist Lemmy Kilmister unfortunately died in 2015 at his home in Los Angeles, California, on December 28, at the age of 70. He died due to aggressive prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and heart failure. The vocalist had been suffering from diabetes and other health problems for several years.

In an interview with Bass Player magazine he commented on the way he used to play bass: “I was a guitar player first, so I’m used to playing chords. So it’s just like playing the guitar without the top two strings. I just made chords out of what strings I had left. It’s unorthodox. But it works for us.“
Elegible since 2002 Motörhead still wasn’t inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I am a Brazilian journalist, a Classic Rock and Heavy Metal lover. Music has always been part of my life, helped me through tough moments and was with me to celebrate the good ones. When I became a journalist I knew I wanted to write about my passions. After college I did a postgraduate degree in digital communication. This has helped me to make the website better and bring the best of classic rock to the world! MTB: 0021377/MG

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