Friday, December 08, 2006

Number three

Congratulations to Rhodeislandrock and Bob Vinyl for correctly guessing that this is.....

Motorhead-Orgasmatron

This was the band's first lp in three years and Lemmy was the only member left from the previous album. I think that it was a pivotal time for the band as a dud could have sunk them. However they delivered in a big way. A number of people refer to this as a very different album for the band and it is generally heavier, faster and a bit more grim. However it's big, loud and hits hard so it certainly works for me. Right away Motorhead moved back to take their place as one of the best and most influential heavy metal bands around.


***Only two more to go. The hint for number two is that prior to 1986 this band never had an album in the top 100 yet there would come a point late in the year when the band had three albums in the top 100 at the same time.

***Also don't forget that after number one is revealed there are still two more days of awards. Day 11 will see the infamous "Golden Turd award" plus the first ever "Most Improved Band award" of 1986. Then day 12 will wrap things up with the top five and bottom five album covers of 1986.

16 Comments:

Blogger bob_vinyl said...

I definitely think of Orgasmatron as a different album for Motorhead. They were always seen as kind of the forefathers of speed metal, but other than the speed itself, I don't see the big influence. They were more rock n roll and less heavy. But on Orgasmatron, Motorhead did get heavier and fit in more with the bands they supposedly influenced. Interestingly, Orgasmatron was the first Motorhead album I heard, so it was a bit of a standard for me to measure the other albums against.

11:24 PM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

I'm guessing Master Of Puppets in #2. That would leave Reign in Blood for #1. I figured #1 and #2 had to be those two and there was no way the pre-Reign Slayer albums ever got into the top 100 in 1986!

11:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this album was definitely one of the most notable motorhead albums. but the slowed pace, and the darker and grimmer message fit well with the band.

in looking back, i have to wonder if this style was a reaction to the glitz and glam that was very much a part of the metal scene at the time.

anyone who wants to follow motorhead definitely must get this album.

11:59 PM  
Blogger Ben Heller said...

I'm agreeing with Bob Vinyl. I think it's Master Of Puppets next.

Orgasmatron was great because it showed that Motorhead were just as important as the new generation of metal bands that were starting to come through.

personally I don't think it was their best but it was still great.

5:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am diggin' this list. Besides it being a trip down my high school hall ways, it's bringing back so many memories. I had some of these on vinyl...I have a few on my iPod, I'll hafta hit iTunes for the rest if the updates...

Can't wait to see the rest.

5:06 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Bob-I would say if you go back and listen to the tone of early Motorhead compared to say NWOBHM stuff coming out at the same time that they were heavy. Motorhead had those big fuzzy tones for the time (78-82).
You mean you have ruled out me picking Stryper and Poison as 1 and 2?

Earl-That's an interesting idea about Motorhead's approach possibly changing as a reaction to glam becoming popluar. Although I think maybe not just because I think Motorhead have always gone their own way without being affected by treads. Maybe the three new members and the fact that the two guitarists were a bit younger may have helped in the sound change.

5:09 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Ben-I think maybe Motorhead had to take this direction because their were heavier and faster bands popping up. The audience was there for them and this album did well. I think younger fans were also very accepting of their image and Lemmy's personality.

janet-Glad you like the list. I still have some of these on vinyl.

5:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Motorhead, well Lemmy, was the king of metal! He ruled with that huge mole and unique sound. Watching him sing into that mic that was perched way above his head was cool. They clearly broke the mold after they made Lemmy! He is King!

5:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Orgasmatron was a great album, just another great Motorhead record. As far as the golden turd, that is easy for 1986! I know who number 2 is, and I think I can guess number 1 as well.

6:21 AM  
Blogger Nonny said...

I was gonna guess "Master of Puppets" too dammit. Though I would have named this the number album of 1986. GNR didn't come out in 86 did it? That was 87 I think. Maybe I'm wrong. What do I know, you're the fucking expert here.

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Rhodeislandrock said...

Orgasmatron is one of those albums that ruled my freshman year of high school. I remember the debates of adding the 2nd guitarist and how it was a "new" Motorhead. A great album, would make my Top 5 of '86 easily.

I agree with Bob Vinyl, Master of Puppets #2, Reign In Blood #1. What other albums could there be?

The turd? There is stiff competition:

Slippery When Wet
The Final Countdown
Change Of Address
The Ultimate Sin
Look What The Cat Dragged In
QR III
The Sport Of Kings
5150 (in some circles)
Rock The Nations
The Pack Is Back
Turbo

It's either Priest or Ozzy. I say Turbo. Personally, it would be Krokus - Change Of Address

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have absolutely no guesses at all.

None.

I am without guesses... ;)

Steve~

9:20 AM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

That's a good list of potential turds from rhodeislandrock. I think it's between Turbo and Rock the Nations, since those were the two bands that would have had the highest expectations going in. I think I'll go with Turbo. Rock the Nations could be on the list of best album covers though.

I'm gonna guess that Executioner - In the Name of Metal is a strong contender for worst album cover (in stark contrast to the quality of the music).

10:55 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

rockdog-Lemmy has always been cool.

t-bone-Orgasmatron is probably one of my two favorite Motorhead albums.

Nonny-Appetite for destruction was 1987.


Steve-I would think all of those would be considerations for the golden turd except for two. I think the Ultimate sin was a decent album and a big improvement over Bark at the moon. Look what the dragged in is no classic, but it's a decent fun album.
I would add to your list these albums as golden turd considerations-
Yngwie Malmsteen-Trilogy
Vinnie Vincent Invasion
King Kobra-Thrill of a lifetime
Queensryche-Rage for order

Bob-Rock the nations had a cool cover. I had the ad on my wall back then even though the album isn't very good.
I don't mind the cover of In the name of metal as much as you do. It's not great, but I probably cut a little more slack for lesser known indie bands then I do for major label bands when it comes to packaging.

8:48 PM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

Oh, I forgot the Vinnie Vincent Invasion! All solo, no song. The second album was the same, but without the solos!

9:20 PM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

it's definitely the moment Motorhead became relevant again, and perhaps more so than during Iron Fist, because while the latter album is their most important body of work with Ace of Spades, Orgasmatron reached more people even on an indie label...I just remember it was suddenly real hip to be into Motorhead once Orgasmatron came out

11:32 AM  

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