Here is another proof that Lemmy is God
In a pivotal scene of Air heads, Brendan Fraser’s 1994 comedy about an unlucky heavy metal band holding a radio station hostage, a label place tries to crack down on the takeover by offering the band a recording deal.
“You’re the hottest thing since Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch,” the A&R guy tells them. “Marc Marc? This guy sucks, ”Fraser’s bandmate Steve Buscemi suggests. Fraser therefore offers the perfect question to determine whether the A&R type is legitimate or not: “Who would win in a wrestling match, Lemmy or God?” “Lemmy,” the costume said, causing Buscemi to mock. Then he tries “God”.
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“Wrong, asshole,” Buscemi told him. “Trick question: Lemmy is God. They all laugh at him and kick him out. (The Motörhead leader, who was omnipresent as God around 1994, even makes an appearance minutes later in the film.)
Now, another irrefutable act of heavenly grace has offered more evidence that the late Lemmy Kilmister, the Blessed Warts and Fang One, is indeed a deity worthy of worship. Last month, the church bells in Weert, the Netherlands, rang the entirety of Motörhead’s iconic “As of Spades”.
At 3 p.m. on the afternoon of July 17, a crowd of confused grannies gazed at a downtown spire to hear guitarist Jitse Zonneveld and organist Frank Steijns perform a raucous, chirping rendition of the song. It’s cacophonous, a bit wrong and quite sacred as Steijn uses his fists to find all the anti-melodies of Kilmister on his keyboard (in fact a “chime”, for those who are versed in ecclesiastical instrumentation).
The best part, of course, is the breakdown when Kilmister would usually sing, “You know I was born to lose and the game is for fools / but that’s how I like it, baby, I don’t wanna live forever “, because Steijn plays it in janky diatonic harmony. The fact that there are improbable drums in the YouTube recording is another example of divine provenance. When they are done, cafe dwellers and tourists gathered in Weert for the annual Torenfestival cheer and shout joyous hallelujahs in the language of Motörhead.
A few months before his death in 2015, Kilmister – hum, God – reflected on “Ace of Spades” with Rolling stone. “When we do it on stage, everyone loves it,” he said. “But when we wrote it, we were just doing an album. It’s just a fucking song. I thought it was pretty good, but I didn’t think it was. this Well. … I was surprised when the song took off. It is not better than all the others. So spoke the Saint Lem.
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