If you ever found yourself amid a barroom brawl in some back ally pub in London, odds are Motorhead was playing through the jukebox. The English hard rock band was formed in the mid-1970s and quickly established itself as one of the best and hardest rock bands out there with impressive albums, a rumpus live show and a badass aesthetic to boot. Though the band was and is, at its core, the essence of pure rock and roll, Motorhead went on to define a new standard for hard rock and metal that would influence a generation of prolific artists, from Metallica and Slyer to Queens of the Stone Age and Alice in Chains. Though bassist and founder Lemmy lost his battle to cancer in 2015, the band's legacy will live on in the blood lines of rock music, which can be traced to game-changers like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zepellin, and of course, Motorhead.
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