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Motorhead frontman Lemmy dies: His best quotes

Lemmy, real name Ian Kilmister, died aged 70 after being diagnosed with cancer on Boxing Day.

By Kerri-Ann Roper

Published 29/12/2015

Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister
Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister
Motorhead singer Lemmy, who has died at 70. Lewis Stickley/PA Wire
Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister

Motorhead frontman Lemmy will be remembered not only for his great music, but his many memorable quotes.

Here is a selection of his best:

"Apparently people don't like the truth, but I do like it; I like it because it upsets a lot of people. If you show them enough times that their arguments are bullshit, then maybe just once, one of them will say, 'Oh! Wait a minute - I was wrong.' I live for that happening. Rare, I assure you" - from his autobiography, White Line Fever.

"They would come on stage (The Beatles) and you were just awestruck. They had that presence, which is very rare. Hendrix had it, Ozzy Osbourne has it to an extent. You've either got it or you haven't" - during an interview with The Independent.

"I like being the centre of attention as much as anybody so I didn't mind. I was in it for the girls, to tell the truth. I think if more musicians told the truth, that would be the reason why most of them are in it. When you're young and you're desperate to get laid, you work out that being a bricklayer isn't that attractive. I was never going to be a doctor or a lawyer, so being a musician seemed to be the best of what was on offer" - during an interview with The Independent.

"There's only two kinds of music I can't stand: rap and opera. Opera because it's too overblown and rap because I just don't hear it. I just don't get it" - during an interview with Rolling Stone online.

"I was a roadie for Jimi Hendrix for seven months, so I'm pretty hard to f*****g impress, man. You'd have to beat Jimi Hendrix to impress me and I don't see anybody doing that" - when asked by Rolling Stone if he listened to younger bands, like Muse, during an interview in November 2012.

"I don't know any happily married couples, not even my parents. There was a magazine in England who said I screwed 2,000 women and I didn't, I said 1,000. When you think about it, it isn't that unreasonable. I'm not even married, and I've been doing this since I was 16. And I'm now 66, so that's like 50 years. I could've done more if I've tried, I guess" - during an interview with Spin in October 2012.

"Very basic music - loud, fast, city, raucous, arrogant, paranoid, speed-freak rock n roll. It will be so loud that if we move in next door to you, your lawn will die" - talking about Motorhead's music, via the BBC.

Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister
Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister

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