Nite's Patrick Crawford: My Favorite Motörhead Song | Revolver

Nite's Patrick Crawford: My Favorite Motörhead Song

"It conjures the same feelings as Viking metal–era Bathory"
nite patrick crawford by rob williamson, Rob Williamson
photograph by Rob Williamson

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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 Patrick Crawford of San Francisco blackened heavy-metal crew Nite. Below, the drummer sounds off on his favorite Motörhead song.

“I Am the Sword”

"The metal I am, the iron you feel/The song of the dead, the chorus of steel"

I'm not sure if Lemmy and [Bathory's] Quorthon ever met but if they did, those two luminaries of heavy metal probably just had a drink and discussed history. "I Am the Sword" from the 1993 album Bastards has a heroic grandeur unique to the Motörhead catalog that always conjured the same feelings as Viking metal–era Bathory. Mikkey Dee's pummeling snare flam and kick drum opening fill explodes out of the speakers and into a classic Lemmy shuffle, but this song has always been about the chorus: one of the most epic and soaring of Lemmy's long career.