Lemmy: I've always thought he was a good kid, you know, ever since he was like six or something, when I first met him. I met him at a dope deal, you know. I was in the kitchen waiting for this guy to arrive with the hash, you know. And this little kid comes in going, like, "daddy", right? "My mommy's in the next room." And sure enough, there she was! The center of conversation. His mother used to lock him in the fucking house when she went out. She was very possessive. She dressed him up as a rock star from the age of five onwards. Little studded jeans and shit. She had him like busking in the street with a pig-nose amplifier when he was seven. That's in the movie, too, though, you know. It's really nuts. And she tried to get him married to a person of her choice, you know. Tried to direct his life at all times, you know. And I suppose you would get like that being brought up by yourself. My mom was a bit like that. She brought me up on her own. Turned out alright.
THIRSTY: Do you have a favorite memory with him from the time you started getting close? When he was a teenager?
Lemmy: Oh no, it was before that. It was when I realized he was a better guitar player than me and he was ten! You know? (laughs) He's a wizard guitar player, you know. He really is. He plays like Hendrix.
THIRSTY: He said he's producing now, too. And managing a couple of bands.
Lemmy: That's always been his first love. Producing. He's not a road person in particular. He liked it but he wasn't, like, dramatically drawn to it.
THIRSTY: How was the tour with Joan Jett?
Lemmy: Great, you know. We've always liked them. Alice Cooper and Joan Jett, that's a good bill.
THIRSTY: That wasn't in the States though.
Lemmy: No, it was in Britain.
THIRSTY: And you've known all of them for a long time.
Lemmy: Oh, a donkey's years, yeah. Yeah, I met Alice in 1973. And I met Joan in 1976, I think it was, when they first came to Britain. And she wore my bullet belt onstage! (laughs) I don't know if I ever...I had to fight to get it back.
THIRSTY: I'm sure people are always trying to snake things from you.
Lemmy: Oh, that's ok, you know. I've become adept at snaking them back! I love Joanie though. Joanie's great. And she really stuck it up the ass of all the critics, too.
THIRSTY: Do you think she's like the female Lemmy?
Lemmy: Kind of, yeah, I suppose. Cause she was the most unlikely to succeed, you know. And then bingo! I love that shit, you know. "How you doing?" "Oh, I'm doing fine! I've got records out and everything and my band's got more than we can do! And you? Fired again? Is that right?" (laughs) They don't fucking teach you to write that shit!
THIRSTY: I met Joan at CBGB's just before it closed.
Lemmy: CBGB's was fucking awful! Hellhole!
THIRSTY: What strikes me most about Motorhead is how cross-generational your appeal is. At the Stubb's show there was a nine-year-old kid on his father's shoulders. And then there was a guy in the second row that was probably 70.
Lemmy: Well some of them are bringing their kids because they like it, and bringing their kids because they want their kids to like it but some of them really aren't. Some of them are just kids on their own. The biggest freaks at the front were girls. (Talking about Austin Music Hall show). Two teenage girls, they were really going for it. In front of Phil, they were.
THIRSTY: Go figure.
Lemmy: Yeah, right. (laughs)
THIRSTY: The first time I interviewed you, you said the only newer band you liked was Evanescence, which got a huge response.
Lemmy: Well, Skunk Anansie reformed. They're back together playing again. They've done some really good stuff. There's only three new tracks on the album. They're really good.
THIRSTY: What else are you listening to right now?
Lemmy: Oh, I don't know, just stuff. I don't listen to a lot of music. I just put the TV on when I get in, you know. "Law & Order: SVU", that's me. I have a sneaking desire for Mariska Hargitay. Jayne Mansfield's daughter. She looks as if she has almost the chest her mother had. It's hard to tell under those clothes, you know. Being a hard-bitten police woman. And it's not the uniform, cause she doesn't wear one. She's plain clothes, you know.
THIRSTY: What else do you do to entertain yourself on the road?
Lemmy: I still occasionally chase women. We went out to that strip club last night. It's quite a good one, that one. We went to a couple of others the first couple of days and they weren't very good, you know. "Weight Watchers Weekly", you know? (laughs)
THIRSTY: Do you think at this point rock n' roll had begun redeeming itself?
Lemmy: Rock n' roll always comes back, you know. Ther's no fighitng it. And these people think they can kill rock n' roll they might as well try and stop the flood, you know. There's no way. It always comes back because there's always people who want to hear loud, raucous music, you know. It's exciting, you know. And all the shit that these magazines like is not exciting. Like, Jesus, Radiohead, you know. Fuck me, you know. Coldplay. Jesus. These are not rock bands. These are sub-emo, you know. I mean, they did some good stuff. Fair enough. But it's not rock n' roll. I know fucking rock n' roll when I hear it. I've been listening to it since I was 12, you know? So fuck off!
THIRSTY: I've been to a stadium show and there are some bands that can reach that person in the back of the room, but there's also shows where there's a guy eating nachos next to you. It's not exciting!
Lemmy: High-fiving each other all the fucking time! It's like Blue Oyster Cult, you know. They used to, you know, offstage they wear cardigans. And they're all about five foot two, you know. Eric Bloom, fair enough. But the rest of them dressed in cardigans. I couldn't believe it. These are old men!
THIRSTY: Your music has been licensed for so many things, and the name Motorhead itself just implies a type of lifestyle. Do you consider your band a brand?
Lemmy: No, I don't, you know. It probably is, you know, but I don't think of it like that. I don't think like that. All I think about is "my band, fuck you." You know. Cause I've often said that I only care about my band, the rest of you can go fuck yourselves, you know? (laughs)
THIRSTY: You told me before that you wanted Motorhead condoms? Still doing that?
Lemmy: We used to have them! We used to do them! "Go to bed with Motorhead!" In the 1980s we used to do them. Very funny. It was before AIDS, you know. I mean, you have a selection of condoms now. Then it was a sin, you know. So then it was more fun to sell them you know, cause people disapproved highly, you know. "Go to bed with Motorhead!" That's good. Now we sell, now they have thongs.
THIRSTY: People can shoot them up on stage to you!
Lemmy: That's a thought! Hasn't thought of that one.
THIRSTY: Tell me about some of the gifts you get from your fans.
Lemmy: Yeah, I do. Some great stuff, too. I've got a couple of dolls. In Japan they do that. They make dolls of you. I've got four of those I think, yeah, four of those. One clean shaven, three with beard.
THIRSTY: I asked Paul about some of the misconceptions about you. I know one of the biggest is that you are a Nazi. Can you talk about that?
Lemmy: Well, the last time somebody wrote on the Internet that said I was a Nazi, there was a flood of protest. Hundreds of kids wrote in and said, 'no he isn't.' Which is nice, very good, you know. Very good. I don't have a computer myself. Well, I do now, somebody gave me one in Germany but I haven't plugged it in yet. I don't know how to use it. I'm a fucking dummy in this computer age.
THIRSTY: So you enjoy the pageantry of it, the regalia. It's very regal, in a way.
Lemmy: Yeah. I've got the other hat, too. (gets up to grab his WWII hat) Great hat, innit? The funny thing is, if they ever have a go at me, I'll say, "oh, do you know where thishat's from?" They say no. I'll say, "it's from 1976. So bite that, motherfucker," you know.
THIRSTY: Johnny Thunders used to wear those hats, and it was never a big deal.
Lemmy: Yeah, all the time. But it wasn't on the Internet that people were Nazis back then! (laughs) I don't know, people are so scared of the Nazis. They aught to stop worrying about the Nazis. They're gone, you know. The Nazis are over. You should worry about your government that's in place now. That's what you should worry about.
THIRSTY: Can I ask you about that? How do you feel about what's happening today?
Lemmy: Well, Obama should have been a bit more subtle before he got the job, you know, cause he talked up a good talk, you know, and now he's not walking the walk really. I think he's trying, I can say that. I think he's trying very hard, but he's getting socked by the Republicans all the time and it's just fucking him, you know. And he hasn't got the balls to fire him. He should just clean house, you know. I don't know how desperate he's going to have to be before he does it. But it's going to be too late if he doesn't do it soon.
THIRSTY: People always say it's because he didn't have the right type of experience and that he was such a young Senator.
Lemmy: He didn't have the experience of being a bastard. That's what it is, you know. That's what it comes down to. And there are no bigger bastards than the republican party, you know.
THIRSTY: Have you been exploring Austin since you've been down here? Have you had a chance to walk around?
Lemmy: Well, I can't go out too much this week cause it's all...I get mobbed. I'm going out shopping today.
THIRSTY: You are approached a lot, but for the most part people leave you alone, too.
Lemmy: Not this week! It's souvenir time, you know. Can I have your leg, you know? (laughs)
THIRSTY: Has anybody ever given you a leg?
Lemmy: No, never a leg, no. I've gotten a hand, a mechanical hand. I've had a head, given to me to me by this Bulgarian guy.
THIRSTY: I heard that you've gotten a mirror of yourself, made with all broken glass?
Lemmy: No, he said it was a mosiac but it isn't. What he's done is, he's done it on glass and then he's broken it. It's very cleverly done though.
THIRSTY: Do you watch a lot of rock n' roll documentaries?
Lemmy: Yeah, I suppose I watch a few, yeah. I mean, a good one is great, you know. The trouble is that there aren't any good ones. "The Kids Are Alright", the Who one, that's fucking excellent. And "Be Very Careful of Where You Put Your Foot", and Hendrix, you know? And "Monterey" is great. The best of Monterey ever caught on film. "Woodstock" was a big let down, you know. Cause they put it on, and at the end, people were going home, you know?
THIRSTY: Do you like any of the Sex Pistols films?
Lemmy: Yeah, the one of the first tour. That's quite funny. There's not a lot of music in it, mind you. But it's funny to see all them old faces. Sue Catwoman and all them. I used to like a lot of them cause they were great. And then some of them died, you know. Smack again.
THIRSTY: And you had a history with Sid Vicious.
Lemmy: Oh, yeah. For a little while. He was here and gone. He used to sleep on our couch. He used to come around with Viv of The Slits.
THIRSTY: The Slits are touring now too.
Lemmy: I know! They were fucking awful then, I don't know what they're like now. And New York would be one of the places where they'd be lionized, isn't it? The Slits. I mean, back then it was a joke. I used to fuck the drummer, you know. Palmolive. Spanish girl, she could hardly speak English. And then Viv was with Sid now and again.
THIRSTY: I want to talk to you about your humor. You're known for being pretty razor sharp and witty. What do you watch? You must be a huge "Family Guy" fan.
Lemmy: Yeah, yeah. But not "American Dad". "Family Guy" is great though. It's so offensive, it's terrible! (laughs) The James Woods one is good. And the one where Lois is running for mayor. That's good, too. I don't know. There's so many of them.
THIRSTY: Do you still watch "The Simpsons"?
Lemmy: No, I never watched "The Simpsons" much.
(Motorhead) were in the comic book, "Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror". We were in that. I wrote a story for them and they put it in there. Well, they said they put it in there. I never read it so I wouldn't know! Anyway, let me play you some of this new Head Cat stuff...