A new covers album is coming from Motorhead, comprised of the best cover songs from the legendary rock and roll band’s career. The upcoming record, Under Cöver, will also feature a never before heard version of David Bowie’s classic track “Heroes.”
Along with creating some of rock and metal’s greatest original tracks in their four-decade career, Motorhead also released some amazing cover songs. The most famous is probably “Hellraiser,” which was originally co-written by Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde and Lemmy Kilmister for Ozzy’s 1991 No More Tears album. The following year, “Hellraiser” was the lead single of Motorhead’s 1992 March ör Die album, arguably becoming more popular than Ozzy’s version.
In total, 11 tracks will grace Motorhead’s Under Cöver album, which will also features covers of Metallica, Judas Priest, the Ramones and more. Motorhead’s David Bowie cover was recorded during the band’s Bad Magic sessions in 2015 and was one of the last songs Lemmy Kilmister tracked before his death later that year.
“It’s such a great Bowie song, one of his best, and I could only see great things coming out of it from us, and so it proved to be,” says Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell, “Lemmy ended up loving our version.” “He was very, very proud of it,” adds drummer Mikkey Dee, “Not only because it turned out so well but because it was fun! Which is what projects like this should be – fun!”
“We were happy with them at the time and we’re happy with them now,” Campbell says about Motorhead’s collection of covers. Mikkey Dee adds, ”We should remember that it’s about having some fun with songs that we all loved.”
Motorhead’s Under Cöver album will be released Sept. 1.
Motorhead, Under Cöver Track Listing:
1. Breaking the Law (Judas Priest) 2008
2. God Save the Queen (The Sex Pistols) 2000
3. Heroes (David Bowie) 2015
4. Starstruck (Rainbow) 2014
5. Cat Scratch Fever (Ted Nugent) 1992
6. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones) 2001
7. Sympathy for the Devil (The Rolling Stones) 2015
8. Hellraiser (Ozzy Osbourne) 1992
9. Rockaway Beach (Ramones) 2002
10. Shoot ‘Em Down (Twisted Sister) 2001
11. Whiplash (Metallica) 2005