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Motörhead Iron Fist Album

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17 April 1982
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Iron Fist is Motörhead's fifth album, recorded 26 January – 1 March 1982 at Ramport and Morgan Studios and released on 17 April 1982. It reached No.6 on the UK album charts and was preceded by the release of the title track "Iron Fist" as a single on 3 April, which reached No29 in the UK singles chart. It was the final album to be recorded by the Lemmy, Eddie Clarke and Phil Taylor line-up.

Recording initially started with producer Vic Maile at his Jackson's Studio in Rickmansworth in 1981. However, after playing a number of gigs with the band Tank, Clarke co-produced Tank's debut album with help from Will Dick and was sufficiently encouraged by this to pusuade the band to record the album themselves with Clarke producing and Dick engineering. Despite the chart success Lemmy is quoted as later saying that the album was "bad, inferior to anything else we've ever done. Having Eddie produce it was a mistake that even he would now probably admit to".

The band had previously performed live under the name "Iron Fist and the Hordes from Hell" for contractual reasons (See the What's Wordsworth? album page for more details), and decided on this as an appropriate title for the project, eventually shortening it to be less of a mouthful.

The album's promotional video featured the band dressed in studded leather armour, wielding broadswords and was described by Lemmy as "all dressed up as idiots, prancing about in a wood in South Mimms, as opposed to prancing about in South Mimms dressed as cowboy idiots". Clarke was less happy feeling they looked "like a bunch of fairies".

Clarke was becoming increasingly unhappy with the direction of the band and eventually left during the North American leg of the subsequent tour leading to the recruitment of ex Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson who joined them on the road after only five days rehearsal and went on to record Motörhead's next album Another Perfect Day

A video was made of a gig in Canada during the tour (the penultimate to feature Clarke) and released as Live in Toronto.

Iron Fist Original Track listing

All tracks composed by Lemmy (Ian) Kilmister, Eddie Clarke, Phil Taylor.

Side 1

  1. "Iron Fist"– 2:55 See Lyrics
  2. "Heart of Stone"– 3:04 See Lyrics
  3. "I'm the Doctor"– 2:43 See Lyrics
  4. "Go to Hell"– 3:10 See Lyrics
  5. "Loser"– 3:57 See Lyrics
  6. "Sex & Outrage"– 2:10 See Lyrics

Side 2

  1. "America"– 3:38 See Lyrics
  2. "Shut it Down"– 2:41 See Lyrics
  3. "Speedfreak"– 3:28 See Lyrics
  4. "(Don't Let 'em) Grind You Down"– 3:08 See Lyrics
  5. "(Don't Need) Religion"– 2:43 See Lyrics
  6. "Bang to Rights"– 2:43 See Lyrics

CD bonus tracks

  1. "Remember Me, I'm Gone"– 2:18
  2. "(Don't Let 'em) Grind Ya Down"[Alternate Version] – 3:09
  3. "Lemmy Goes to the Pub"[Alternate Version of Heart of Stone] – 3:02
  4. "Same Old Song, I'm Gone"[Alternate Version of Remember Me, I'm Gone] – 2:20
  5. "Young and Crazy"[Instrumental Version of Sex & Outrage] – 2:12

Deluxe edition: Disc 2 (Live in Toronto)

  1. "Remember Me, I'm Gone"– 2:19
  2. "Overkill"– 2:52
  3. "Heart of Stone"– 3:07
  4. "Shoot You in the Back"– 3:10
  5. "The Hammer"– 3:19
  6. "Jailbait"– 3:56
  7. "America"– 3:23
  8. "(Don't Need) Religion"– 3:20
  9. "Capricorn"– 4:23
  10. "(Don't Let 'Em) Grind You Down"– 3:24
  11. "(We Are) The Roadcrew"– 3:08
  12. "No Class"– 2:32
  13. "Bite the Bullet"– 1:30
  14. "The Chase Is Better Than the Catch"– 5:13
  15. "Bomber"– 4:53

Track 1: B-side of Iron Fist single Tracks 2-15: Live at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, 12 May 1982

Album Credits

  • "Fast" Eddie Clarke – guitar, co-producer
  • Lemmy (Ian Kilmister) – bass, vocals
  • Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor – drums
  • Alan Ballard – Photography, Cover Art
  • Steffan Chirazi – Liner Notes
  • Curtis Evans – Reissue Design
  • Evil Red Neck (Will Reid) – Producer
  • Charles Harrowell – Tape Operator
  • Martin Poole – Artwork, Photography, Cover Art
  • Hatsumi Sakoda – Liner Notes
  • Mick Stevenson – Photography
  • John Strednansky – Liner Notes
  • "Noise by shouting and hitting things"
  • Recorded from 1 February to 1 March 1982 at Morgan Studios – except "Iron Fist" and "Shut it Down", recorded 26 – 28 January 1982 at Ramport Studios, UK.

1. Iron Fist


Dark night nothing to see

Invisible hand in front of me

Scared to death there's someone near

Scared to move but you can't stay here

You know me, evil eye

You know me, prepare to die

You know me, the snakebite kiss

Devil's grip, the Iron Fist


Flying horse don't make a sound

Flying hooves don't touch the ground

Walk in circle lose you track

Can't go on but you can't go back

You know me etc.


Moon eclipse and you know why

Ghost rider in the sky

Beast of evil devil's hound

Tooth and claw they pull you down

You know me etc.


2. Heart Of Stone


You seem to think that it's a game

I wish I could recall your name

You tell me how I should behave

Sling your hook I ain't your slave


Leave me alone

Get off the phone

I've got a heart of stone


You play emotional roulette

I ain't seen no winners yet

You know you're dancing in the dark

Stay away, I ain't your mark


Leave me alone

Get off the phone

I've got a heart of stone


In every game you hold the ace

But you ain't even in my race

You'll never realise just why

It's just been hello goodbye


Leave me alone

Get off the phone

I've got a heart of stone


3. I'm The Doctor


I know the way you feel I know it ain't too good

I know it feels like there's detergent in your blood

But don't you worry, gonna make you feel alright

I'm gonna lift your black depression, help you through the night

I'm your man, you know I'll help you if I can

Cos I'm your Doctor


I know you're desperate, I really sympathise

I see the morbid horror flicker in your eyes

But rest assured I'm gonna help to ease your pain

I'm gonna put a thousand tiny implants in your brain

I'm your boy, I'll make you undulate with joy

Cos I'm the Doctor


Don't get too depressed, I've found a way to help your case

A little hypodermic sends you into outer space

You'll feel much better when you take these little pills

I'm gonna give you 60 bottles, I believe in overkill

Heart attack, you know you're never coming back

Cos I'm the Doctor


4. Go To Hell


Ya told me that ya wanted it

I knew it wasn't true

Turned out to be the facts babe

You know what you can do

You can go to hell, you can go to hell

Goodbye for you


Wrapped around your little finger

Under you thumb too

You know that I'm a singer

I'm singin' just for you

You can go to hell etc.


I guess I betta get movin'

Lotta things I gotta do

I realize it was a waste of time

Talkin' sense to you

You can etc.


Hope ya got my little message

I hope you hear me

I thought ya might've been the answer

Obviously crazy


5. Loser


I'm a loser

I'm a loser, that's what they said

That's what they said

Now I got their women in my bed

You buy me a drink and you wish that I was dead


I'm a loser

I'm a loser and I don't know their names

I don't know their names

Call me a superstar, play that game

Cost you a million just to sign your name


I'm a loser

I'm a loser they turn me around

Turn me around

Big wide smile gonna bring me down

They don't know your arse from a hole in the ground


6. Sex And Outrage


Seize the time

There's only minutes left to zero

Just got a little taste

I gotta get some more

Just me and you



Teenage, backstage, sex and outrage


It's like I got

An outboard motor in my bloodstream

And all you've done tonight

Is walk in through the door

No lie - all true


Teenage, backstage, sex and outrage


I think you know

Exactly what I'm trying to get at

The way you move yourself

Should be against the law

It's up to you


Teenage, backstage, sex and outrage


7. America


America, hot as hell, hysterical, cast your spell

The endless road, another night to bend your mind

White line fever, I think that state patrol car's still behind


America, cold as death, up to Canada, Crystal Meth

Another West Coast turnaround and back to start

Yakima Reservation, just another broken heart


America, liked it fine, Sinsemilla, Ripple Wine

Another Schoolgirl with her daddy's Pontiac

Another killer from the wrong side of the tracks


America, fast cars

America, the girls, the bars

America, don't make no fuss

America, get on the bus


8. Shut It Down


Sometimes you misunderstood

The way I see it, don't do no good

Sometimes you can't raise no help

Wind up ahead of yourself

I swear I get so tired of aggravation

Believe me baby it's nowhere, nowhere



The same old thing

The same old thing

I just wanna

Shut it down

Shut it down


On your feet or on your knees

You're only shooting the breeze

Words are cheap and talk is free

Turns out to be a rabbit with me

I'm gonna ace you out

No more confusion

Begin to make me nervous, nervous




I don't think you understand

Ain't no-one holding your hand

You're only skin and bone

You're born broke and you die alone

Free rides are over now

No more Mr. Nice Guy

Believe me baby it's over, over




9. Speedfreak


Got to hurry, got to hurry

I don't believe you worry

Take it back, take it back

You know you can't do that

Don't want no sleep

Up for a week

Yes, I'm a speekfreak, speedfreak


Way too fast, way too fast

Gonna be the first and last

Shoot ya down, shoot ya down

Flamin' Wreck you hit the ground

Up for a week

Don't need no sleep

Cos I'm a speedfreak, speedfreak


No regrets, no regrets

You can't afford'em yet

Comin' down, comin' down

Over, under, sideways, round

Up for a week

Playin' Hide and Seek

Cos I'm a speedfreak, everlasting speedfreak


10. (Don't Let 'Em) Grind Ya Down


People gonna make ya wonder if you're right

Keep ya wide awake and worried late at night

Why don't ya tell'em to beat it

Why don't ya tell'em to eat it

Just a bunch of clowns

Don't let'em grind ya down


Sons of bitches, crocodile tears in their eyes

We scare'em shitless just by showin' up alive

Why don't you tell'em to shove it

They might as well love it

Give you runaround

Don't let'em grind ya down


Evil bastards ain't got nothin' else to do

Make your life a misery and put you off your food

Don't you dare to go under

Don't let'em steal your thunder

Listen to the sound

Well let'em grind that down


11. (Don't Need) Religion


Don't need no blind belief

Don't need no comic relief

Don't need to see the scars

Don't need Jesus Christ Superstar

Don't need no Sunday Television

Bet your life you don't need religion


Don't need no time for prayer

Don't save no knee-pads for me up there

If your head's alright, ya don't need binoculars to see the light

Ya don't need no miracle vision

Bet ya life etc.


I don't need no Santa Claus

Don't believe in fairies no more

Don't need to go to confession

I'm already trying to fight depression

Don't need no exorcism

Bet ya life etc.


12. Bang To Rights


Took her to a bar, I though I'd covered all my tracks

Thought I had it made, I felt daggers in my back

You came walkin' through the door sailed into the attack

Don't seem to be my night

You got me bang to rights


I ain't gonna fight it baby, there ain't no excuse

Don't know what to tell ya, but I hope you don't cut loose

It don't matter anyway, my head is in the noose

You got me stitched up tight

You got me bang to rights


I can tell you ain't exactly listening to me

I just wish that I could thing of some place else to be

I'm gonna make it up to you, just you wait and see

My future ain't too bright

You got me bang to rights


Our thanks to Rock Music Society member Andy J for providing his understanding of the lyrics to this album which are provided for educational purposes only. Actual lyrics are the property of the copyright owners.