|Single by Motörhead|
|from the album Overkill|
|B-side||"Too Late Too Late"|
|Released||10 March 1979|
|Format|| 7" |
|Recorded||Dec 1978 –Jan 1979|
Sound Development Studios
|Motörhead singles chronology|
"Overkill" is a song by the British hard rock band Motörhead. It was released in 7" and 12" vinyl pressings in 1979. It is backed with B-side "Too Late Too Late" which appears on the CD re-issues of the Overkill album. Early copies came with a free "Overkill" badge. The single reached number 39 on the UK Singles Chart.
Motörhead were an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member, 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.
The terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 78, 45, and 331⁄3 rpm phonograph records, or cassettes, whether singles, extended plays (EPs), or long-playing (LP) records. The A-side usually featured the recording that the artist, record producer, or the record company intended to receive the initial promotional effort and then receive radio airplay, hopefully, to become a "hit" record. The B-side is a secondary recording that has a history of its own: some artists released B-sides that were considered as strong as the A-side and became hits in their own right. Others took the opposite approach: producer Phil Spector was in the habit of filling B-sides with on-the-spot instrumentals that no one would confuse with the A-side. With this practice, Spector was assured that airplay was focused on the side he wanted to be the hit side.
Overkill is the second studio album by the band Motörhead, released 24 March 1979, on Bronze Records, their first with the label, and it peaked at #24 on the UK charts. Kerrang! magazine listed the album at #46 among the "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time".
On 9 March 1979 the band played this song on the BBC TV show Top of the Pops to support the release of the single.The song was a live favourite and was frequently featured at Motörhead concerts, often in an extended version.
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The artwork on the sleeve was created by Joe Petagno, based on his design for the album's cover.
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The song is featured as a track in the video game SSX on Tour , and was re-recorded by Motörhead to be a playable track in the rhythm game Guitar Hero World Tour .
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The track is notable for Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor's use of two bass drums.
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"Overkill" was used as the closing song for Motörhead's final tour, making it the last song the band ever played live.
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|Song by Metallica|
|from the album Garage Inc.|
|Released||24 November 1998|
|Recorded||May 1995 –February 1996|
|Genre||Heavy metal, speed metal|
|Songwriter(s)|| Eddie Clarke |
|Producer(s)|| Bob Rock |
|Metallica singles chronology|
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