Released September 5th, 1987.
Rock N Roll is an album that for some reason is seen on the lower end of releases by the band. I on the other hand have always had a soft spot for the album, because it was actually the album that got me into the band. The video for the track Eat The Rich was all over Headbangers Ball at the time, it coincided with a movie that Lemmy was a part of that boar the same name. And a live version of the track Dogs appeared on a K-Tel compilation that a cousin of mine owned, and I subsequently taped.
The lineup on this album consisted of Phil Campbell, Wurzle, Lemmy, and the return of Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor. This same lineup coincidentally appeared on an episode of the British comedy series The Young Ones called Bambi, it debuted on May 8th, 1984, and it was where the world was introduced to both Wurzel and Campbell. Taylor would however not appear on the band’s 1984 album No Remorse (part compilation, part new tracks) or 1986’s Orgazmatron, instead being replaced by former Saxon drummer Peter Gill. Taylor had left Motorhead to form Operator with Brian Robertson.
Aside from the two tracks mentioned above, the album contains a really cool lead off track, which is also the name of the album, Rock N Roll, it features a spoken word track Blessing by Michael Palin of Monty Python fame, and depending on if you purchased the album on CD, cassette or vinyl, it is either a hidden track, or listed at the end of side one, or the beginning of side two, in front of the track The Wolf. Traitor is another favorite of mine, and the album wraps up with the track Boogeyman, which contains guitar solos by both guitarist and Lemmy. To my knowledge, this is the only guitar solo Lemmy ever recorded with the band.
The album celebrates its 30th anniversary today, and hopefully people take the time to revisit this album that I love.