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Overkill? No Such Thing

Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister has never been one to mince riffs — or words.

LK: I'll stay in America. There's more scope.

HP: Do you ever go back to England?

LK: I only go when we tour there. I was there in the summer for a couple of weeks. The attitude's a lot more upbeat [in America], you know? In England, the main emotion is resentment. They're still trying to get over losing India.

Motörhead, warts and all...
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Motörhead, warts and all...

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With the Reverend Horton Heat and Nashville Pussy, 8 p.m. Friday, September 18, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483 or www.warehouselive.com.

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HP: What was the band's best ­payday? Does Ace of Spades still sell?

LK: The best payday was when Metallica did some of our tracks on one of their albums.

HP: Do you still follow British football, or do you follow American sports?

LK: I don't. I don't like football either.I like rodeo and pool.

HP: What do you consider the band's low point?

LK: Probably the Brian Robertson era [1983, when the former Thin Lizzy guitarist joined the band]. Because the things he did, you alienate whole entire families, just about all by himself.

HP: And your high point?

LK: This is one of them, for sure. Obviously, Hammersmith going straight to No. 1 was the 'igh point of that band, for sure. This band's just done three of the best songs anybody's ever done, you know?

HP: How long do you see yourself doing the band?

LK: I dunno. How long do you see yourself talking on the phone and writing? You don't know, do you? You can't tell yet. I'm sure it'll all become terribly clear suddenly one day.

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