The Lion's Daughter's Rick Giordano: My Favorite Motörhead Song | Revolver

The Lion's Daughter's Rick Giordano: My Favorite Motörhead Song

"It's cool and laid back, yet aggressive and hard as fuck."
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Rick Giordano (right) and The Lion's Daughter

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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 Rick Giordano of Missouri blackened progressive-sludge crew The Lion's Daughter. Below, the singer-guitarist sounds off on his favorite Motörhead song.

"Mean Machine"

My favorite Motörhead song has always been "Mean Machine." Something about the unusual choice of having the bass and drums hit on the upbeat in that intro is just so badass. It's cool and laid back, yet aggressive and hard as fuck. It's all attitude. When we did a full Motörhead tribute set a few years back, this was the obvious choice as the opener.