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MOTÖRHEAD Nearly Broke Up Over Overnight Sensation For Being Too "Pop"

"We said, 'Fuck it, Lemmy, you can do this fucking record yourself.'"

Motörhead entered their final incarnation as the trio of vocalist and bassist Lemmy, guitarist Phil Campbell, and drummer Mikkey Dee with the 1996 album Overnight Sensation. Though that trio ended up lasting up to the end of the band, it came pretty close to imploding during the creation of Overnight Sensation.

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According to Dee in an interview with Drum for the Song hosted by Campbell's son Dane, he and Campbell thought Overnight Sensation was "fairly soft" sounding and had "fucking pop melodies." Dee later said he quit the band a few times during the Overnight Sensation sessions and told Lemmy he'd just have to finish the album himself.

“I like Bastards and Sacrifice. Overnight Sensation is a very good album. But at that time … that was the toughest time of the period with me in the band because Lemmy got fairly soft. Me and Phil, we were looking at each other. He wanted to have an acoustic guitar, and the melodies were almost fucking pop melodies. We would go, ‘What the hell is this?’”

“I believe I left the band two, three times on that period. And I think your dad did the same thing. We said, ‘Fuck it, Lemmy, you can do this fucking record yourself. We don’t give a shit anymore.’ It was a tough time.”

Stream Overnight Sensation below, which frankly I don't really think is that soft. Maybe it's not as aggressive as previous Motörhead efforts, but there are certainly plenty of riffs to go around.

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