Motorhead Asks Fans Not To Buy Their Record

All Motorhead fans who have been saving up to buy the band's upcoming "Complete Early Years" box: Don't bother, because they really don't want you to.

Ultimate Guitar

Attention all Motorhead fans who have been saving up to buy the band's upcoming "Complete Early Years" box: Don't bother, because they really don't want you to.

According to UltimateClassicRock, they tried to sue to prevent its release, but they lost the case - so now that those early recordings are surfacing to the tune of a whopping $600 price tag, the band is once again going public with its disdain for the project. As frontman Lemmy put it, "Unfortunately, greed once again rears its yapping head. I would advise against it, even for the most rabid completists!"

He continued, "It really bothers me that these people would put this out at these prices, especially in this day and age, when money is tight. There you go again, labels, trying to squeeze out every last dime you can from our fans. But they reap what they sow, don't they? Look what's going on with the music business. These are fine examples of corporate greed: Reissuing the same stuff over and over again, overcharging the customers with outrageous pricing, basically trying to rape our fanbase."

Timed to celebrate the band's 35th anniversary, the "Complete Early Years" set devotes 15 CDs to the dawn of Motorhead's career, collecting their first eight albums (from "Motorhead" to "No Remorse") along with assorted early singles and EPs, plus a book, poster, and "a collection of badges." It's all bound up in a handsome-looking box affixed with an outsized version of their logo, but as far as Lemmy is concerned, none of it's worth the cost.

"Although we still make money from record sales, this is not the way I ever intended it," he added. "I don't like to see fans getting ripped off or taken advantage of. And that's what's happening here."

24 comments sorted by best / new / date

    lemmy seems like such a cool dude
    I'm not even a big fan of Motorhead yet whenever there's an article about them or Lemmy, I always read it because I'm always interested in what he has to say. He really is an awesome guy, and he obviously really cares about his fans.
    Lemmy is such a interesting person. Those who think so too should read Lemmy book. Its good
    There will be Motorhead fans that will wanna buy Motorhead's new content just because they love the band,some fans will just respect Lemmy's words and not buy it. I respect Lemmy's words.
    You have to respect Lemmy, he's 60 years old, but he still keeps up the tour, record cycle going, maintains his Jack Daniels diet, and respects the fans enough to not let the record label rip off the fans. Lemmy IS the embodiment of Rock N' Roll!
    If further evidence was needed that Lemmy is God, I think all doubts have been dissipated, gentlemen.
    Lemmy, you now have my everlasting respect for you are awesome and I ****ing LOVE this statement! Lemmy IS Rock 'n Roll!
    Trent Reznor went apeshit when the record company tried to overcharge and rip off fans and now Lemmy is doing it! Fuck corporate greed! I agree with Lemmy... He is the man!
    Lemmy is the ****ing best there is! No one is more rock and roll and honest about it than he is.
    watch everyone buy it now...
    Lemmy is a god and I love my wife but Lemmy said not for me to waste my money. What am i to do if i recieve it as a gift? This year xmas will be awkward for alot of people...
    i have a lot of respect for this guy, never knew a lot about him but from what i have heard he really cares about what he does and his fans