Cloak's Scott Taysom: My Favorite Motörhead Song | Revolver

Cloak's Scott Taysom: My Favorite Motörhead Song

"The riffs and drumming in this song are some of their best. What a classic."
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Motörhead occupy rarefied air in the heavy-music world. Led by the inimitable Lemmy Kilmister, they emerged out of London's early Seventies heavy-psych, space-rock scene (epitomized by Lem's acid-drenched previous band Hawkwind) and quickly secured their mythical reputation as speed-fueled, road-worn rock & roll icons thanks to their tireless touring and god-tier songs like "Ace of Spades," "Overkill" and more.

Motörhead's uncompromising outlaw spirit and singular hard-hitting sound appealed to punks, NWOBHM fanatics, thrash kids and beyond — and many of these fans would go on to become rock stars themselves, including the Metallica guys, Max Cavalera, Lzzy Hale and Dave Grohl to name just a few. For 40 years, from their 1975 formation and 1977 self-titled debut to 2015's swansong Bad Magic, Lemmy led his band through all types of ups and downs … but Motörhead never let up, until the day Lemmy passed away on December 28th, 2015 (only weeks after he performed his final live show).

Motörhead left the world with so many great songs that continue to inspire generations of heavy-music fans — including Scott Taysom of Atlanta black 'n' rollers Cloak. Below, the vocalist-guitarist sounds off on his favorite Motörhead song.

"(We Are) The Road Crew"

Growing up on a heavy diet of hardcore punk, there were certain bands that helped me transition into metal pretty seamlessly. A few of those bands were Venom, Slayer, Metallica, and of course Motörhead. Like many skateboarders my age, I remember first hearing "Ace of Spades" on the Tony Hawk [Pro Skater] 3 video game soundtrack. The song always stuck out to me, so when it was time to actually buy my first Motörhead album it obviously had to be Ace of Spades. Still my favorite of theirs to this day, the album was full of heavy hitters including "Shoot You in the Back", "Fast and Loose", and a personal favorite, "(We Are) The Road Crew." The latter being a song that resonates deeply with me, and all touring musicians today.

Lyrics like "I'm driving like a maniac. Driving way to hell and back. Another room, a case to pack" tell a tale of the excitement, but also the complete mundanity of being on the road. Not to mention the riffs and drumming in this song are some of their best. What a classic. I was fortunate enough to catch them on their last tour before Lemmy's passing a year later [on December 28th, 2015]. There's not much else to say about the man himself that hasn't been said. He serves as an icon to rock & roll and someone I respect deeply, even if our personalities and habits seem like polar opposites. Long live the legends!