SongoftheDay: THE CHASE IS BETTER THAN THE CATCH by MOTORHEAD

SongoftheDay: THE CHASE IS BETTER THAN THE CATCH by MOTORHEAD

“The Chase Is Better Than the Catch” opts for the slow grind, in sharp contrast to the many furiously paced scorchers found on Motörhead‘s seminal album Ace of Spades. A muscular groove track that doesn’t mince words, it describes the aggressive nature of sexual conquest with unflinching male bravado. The 86101363band holds a grinding single chord, then smashes in with a quick flurry of accent chords, with drummer Philthy Animal pounding snare and cymbal simultaneously for emphasis. Lemmy holds down the slow-burn tempo, pumping low-thumping bass notes. The lyrics are exceptionally direct and crude as Lemmy lays into them with his deep, guttural rasp: “A little beauty, I love you madly/Come on home with me/I know you’re hot/I know what you’ve got/You know I want to shake your tree.” The chorus drops lower and the atmosphere becomes even weightier as the chords sink, with Lemmy imploring, “Come on honey, touch me right there/Come on honey, don’t you get scared/Come on honey, let me get you in the sack/You know the chase is better than the catch, ya’ know!” Following a searing guitar solo, “Fast” Eddie Clarke’s guitar drops out, leaving only the pounding drums and Lemmy’s churning bass. As if in anticipation of future live audience participation, Lemmy sings, “All right!/Let me hear ya!/I can’t hear ya!,” the missing guitar leaving plenty of space for fans to fill in. Clarke eventually returns with wailing guitar as the band builds powerfully back in for the finish. – Tom Maginnis