Motörhead were a lot of things to a lot of people, but ultimately were common ground among a lot of different genres. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, once the president of the Motörhead fan club back in the day (unofficially according to a Rolling Stone interview), cited the band as the ones who brought everyone together back in the 80s.
Ulrich explains in a new interview with Classic Rock.
"The one thing that was different about Motörhead was that they united people from all these different genres," said Ulrich. "Back in 1980, the music world was way more segregated than it is now. So if you were a heavy metal guy there was a particular look, a uniform. If you were a punk kid it was the same, or an alternative kid, if you liked Joy Division or whatever. Everything was very segregated, especially in England.
"So all these punks, skinheads, alternative kids and metal kids… fucking everybody loved Motörhead. In a time of division and segregation and 'Fuck you, you can't be in my gang' and 'I don't wanna be in your gang' and 'We'll beat each other up, football hooligan-style', Motörhead were the first band to really unite fans across all these different genres. They blew away all that division. That's an important piece to remember in the story of Motörhead."
Lemmy would be proud.