SongoftheDay: BOMBER by MOTORHEAD
By 1979, Motörhead had been together for five years and had amassed a loyal following in both punk and heavy metal circles. After recording an album for United Artists that the label shelved, the band released its eponymous debut LP in 1977, but it was with 1979’s Overkill that the band hit their stride. The title track landed in the UK Top 40 and, after appearing again on Top of the Pops, the band returned to the studio that summer with legendary producer Jimmy Miller to record what would become Bomber. However, the band did not have the opportunity to work up the songs on the road, as they had with their previous album. “I wish we’d played the songs onstage first, like we did with the Overkill album, if we could’ve played them for three weeks on the road it would have been less slick,” Joel McIver quotes singer and bassist Lemmy in his book Overkill: The Untold Story of Motörhead. “Listen to the way we play them live and compare that to the album”. Nonetheless, Bomber would peak at #12 on the UK albums chart, their strongest showing up to that point.