Overkill (Motörhead song)

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"Overkill"
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Single by Motörhead
from the album Overkill
B-side "Too Late Too Late"
Released10 March 1979
Format 7"
12"
RecordedDec 1978 Jan 1979
Roundhouse Studios
Sound Development Studios
Genre
Length5:12
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Jimmy Miller
Motörhead singles chronology
"Louie Louie"
(1978)
"Overkill"
(1979)
"No Class"
(1979)

"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 English rock band

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.

A-side and B-side the two sides of 78, 45, and 33 1/3 rpm phonograph records and cassette capes

The terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 78, 45, and 33​13 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.

<i>Overkill</i> (Motörhead album) album by Motörhead

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".

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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. [1] The song was a live favourite and was frequently featured at Motörhead concerts, often in an extended version.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London, and it is the world's oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees. It employs over 20,950 staff in total, 16,672 of whom are in public sector broadcasting. The total number of staff is 35,402 when part-time, flexible, and fixed-contract staff are included.

<i>Top of the Pops</i> British music chart television series

Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, is a British music chart television programme, made by the BBC and originally broadcast weekly between 1 January 1964 and 30 July 2006. The programme was shown every Thursday evening on BBC One, except for a short period on Fridays in mid-1973 before being again moved to Fridays at 7:30pm in 1996 and then to Sundays on BBC Two in 2005. Each weekly programme consisted of performances from some of that week's best-selling popular music artists, with a rundown of that week's singles chart. Additionally, there was a special edition of the programme on Christmas Day, featuring some of the best-selling singles of the year.

The artwork on the sleeve was created by Joe Petagno, based on his design for the album's cover.

Joe Petagno is an American artist known principally for creating images used on rock album covers for bands such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Nazareth, Sweet, Motörhead, Roy Harper, Marduk, Bal-Sagoth, Autopsy, Attick Demons, Illdisposed and Sodom.

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 .

<i>SSX on Tour</i> 2005 video game by EA Canada

SSX on Tour is a snowboarding and skiing game, the fourth title in the SSX series of video games for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox and PlayStation Portable. It was released in North America on October 11, 2005 and in the PAL region on October 21, 2005. The PlayStation Portable version was released in the Europe on October 28, 2005. In 2007, a prequel titled SSX Blur was released, which took place between SSX 3 and SSX On Tour. The GameCube version contains Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach as playable characters. This was part of a deal Nintendo had with EA Sports to have Nintendo's intellectual properties appear in EA franchises.

Rhythm game genre of music-themed action video game

Rhythm game or rhythm action is a genre of music-themed action video game that challenges a player's sense of rhythm. Games in the genre typically focus on dance or the simulated performance of musical instruments, and require players to press buttons in a sequence dictated on the screen. Doing so causes the game's protagonist or avatar to dance or to play their instrument correctly, which increases the player's score. Many rhythm games include multiplayer modes in which players compete for the highest score or cooperate as a simulated musical ensemble. While conventional control pads may be used as input devices, rhythm games often feature novel game controllers that emulate musical instruments. Certain dance-based games require the player to physically dance on a mat, with pressure-sensitive pads acting as the input device.

<i>Guitar Hero World Tour</i> video game

Guitar Hero World Tour is a music rhythm game developed by Neversoft, published by Activision and distributed by RedOctane. It is the fourth main entry in the Guitar Hero series, the sixth on home consoles and the seventh overall. The game was launched in North America in October 2008 for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360 consoles, and a month later for Europe and Australia. A version of World Tour for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh was later released.

The track is notable for Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor's use of two bass drums.

Phil Taylor (musician) English drummer

Philip John Taylor, better known as Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, was an English drummer for the rock band Motörhead from 1975–1984 and 1987–1992, recording eleven studio albums and four live albums. The Motörhead line-up consisting of Taylor, Lemmy, and "Fast" Eddie Clarke is generally regarded as the 'classic' line-up of the band.

"Overkill" was used as the closing song for Motörhead's final tour, making it the last song the band ever played live.

On 13 April 2019, Motörhead will re-release the original single edit of Overkill for the first time since 1979, along with Bomber on picture disc as a celebration of the albums 40th anniversaries on Record Store Day. The single edit will be available digitally on 8 March. [2]

Bomber (song) song by Motorhead

"Bomber" is a song by the English heavy metal band Motörhead, recorded and released in 1979. It is the title track to their album Bomber and was released as a single peaking at 34 on the UK singles chart.

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"Overkill"
Song by Metallica
from the album Garage Inc.
Released24 November 1998
RecordedMay 1995 February 1996
Genre Heavy metal, speed metal
Length4:04
Label Elektra
Songwriter(s) Eddie Clarke
Lemmy Kilmister
Phil Taylor
Producer(s) Bob Rock
James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Metallica singles chronology
"Ain't My Bitch"
(1996)
" Hero of the Day "
(1996)
"Mama Said"
(1996)
Overkill chronology
Necroshine
(1999)
Coverkill
(1999)
Bloodletting
(2000)

In 1995, during the recording of the album Load , "Overkill", "Damage Case", "Stone Dead Forever" and "Too Late Too Late" were covered by Metallica, as a birthday gift for Lemmy, and released in 1996 on their "Hero of the Day" single. The single was released as a two-CD single; "Overkill" is the second track on the first CD single, and was also used on the second disc of their 1998 cover album Garage Inc. . The single reached No. 60 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, and No. 17 on the UK Singles Chart. Some of the songs were played live on a brief tour along with other tracks from Garage Inc. in 1998 which concluded at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The songs would finally be played again during the 2009 World Magnetic Tour.

The song was covered by Overkill, who took their name from the Overkill album by Motörhead, and appears as the first track on their 1999 album Coverkill . [3]

In 2008, German heavy metal band Grave Digger included a cover version of the song on their EP Pray.

On 14 September 2011, members of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax, collectively known as "the big four" of thrash metal, covered the song live at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. [4]

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References

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  2. "MOTÖRHEAD TO RELEASE 'OVERKILL'/ 'BOMBER' SPECIAL DOUBLE 7" SINGLE". Metaltalks. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  3. "Song: Overkill". Second Hand Songs sub-entry. Retrieved 26 June 2007.
  4. "Song: METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, SLAYER Perform 'Overkill' At 'Big Four' Show In NYC (Video)". Archived from the original on 29 October 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2011.