A look back at some of Lemmy Kilmister’s great quotes

lemmy1Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister was indeed a rock icon, but he was also a quote machine. Lemmy gave some very entertaining interviews over the years, and here are some of his better quotes that he’s given.

From a 2009 interview with Spin Magazine:

* On reports of him sleeping with over 2,000 women: “Those numbers are exaggerated: I’ve actually claimed 1,000. It might be up to 2,000 by now. Between sex and drugs and rock’n’roll, I might put rock’n’roll first, but sex would be a very close second — rock’n’roll is only a means to get more sex.”

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* On once saying Motorhead would be “the dirtiest rock’n’roll band in the world. If you moved in next door, your lawn would die”: “I stole that quote from Dr. Hook. In truth, if you lived next door to us in those days, you probably would’ve never stopped to see if your lawn was dead — you would’ve just moved out because of the fucking racket.”

* On Metallica: “They came down on my 50th birthday to the Whisky and played 45 minutes of old Motörhead songs! I always thought Metallica were good from day one. But when I first met Lars Ulrich, he was a horrible mouthy brat, same as he is now. He was head of Motörhead’s West Coast fan club; what he didn’t tell us was that he and Cliff [Burton, Metallica’s original bassist] were the only members! Lars is a true friend. I’d hide him even if he were charged for murder. And Jimmy [James Hetfield] is frickin’ funny as shit. I wish he wouldn’t take everything so seriously, though. It seems to be messing with his head.”

* On his likeness being made into a doll: “It’s supposed to be an action figure, although when they told me they weren’t going to put a dick on it, I responded, ‘So it’s not going to get much action, is it?'”

* On life in the United States: “I loved America right away. It’s the land of unlimited whoopee! Girls here were more, frankly, into it. At one show, I met a girl in a very small, white leather cowgirl outfit. She said, ‘I’ve been waiting for you to come through town for two years. You’re coming home with me tonight.’ I left with her immediately. Chicks always like a guy with a bad rap. It never fails.”

“I pay taxes here, but I’m not a citizen — they won’t give me citizenship. I got busted for two sleeping pills on New Year’s Eve in 1971, so obviously I’m a threat to the kids in America, you know.”

* On whether or not he has ever thought about plastic surgery to remove his mole:
“[Points to his face] What can you make out of this? What are you going to do? I think I look all right for my age, anyway.”

Via The Guardian:

* On hotels: “I like hotels. They give you clean sheets. They bring you your meals, and then they take that dirty shit away and wash it. Wonderful! I don’t let them in the room to clean it up. I make my own bed. I don’t want them to fuck with my stuff. They take things away that you want to keep. I mean, I’ve got a pizza in that second drawer down there that I bought the first night I was here, you know, because they only sell you the big ones, so I eat a pizza for three days, and it’s great. It’s an acquired taste, you know? I think it’s the sound quality in there. We discovered in Hawkwind that sound can affect things. You can shake things to bits with sound, so if you build a pyramid it keeps everything in sharp and shit, so I just put the pizza in the drawer there – it’s acoustically enhanced pizza.” (To Geoff Barton, Sounds, 1975)

* On death: “In your twenties, you think you are immortal. In your thirties, you hope you are immortal. In your forties, you just pray it doesn’t hurt too much, and by the time you reach my age, you become convinced that, well, it could be just around the corner. Do I think about death a lot? It’s difficult not to when you’re 65, son.” (To Michael Hann, the Guardian, 2015)

Via Rolling Stone:

* On telling the truth: “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 the book White Line Fever)

* On regrets: “I don’t do regrets. Regrets are pointless. It’s too late for regrets. You’ve already done it, haven’t you? You’ve lived your life. No point wishing you could change it.” (to Classic Rock)

From an 2010 interview with The Independent:

* On his hobby of collecting Nazi memorabilia:
“Look, as I’ve always said, it’s not my fault the bad guys had the best shit. But by collecting Nazi memorabilia, it doesn’t mean I’m a fascist, or a skinhead. I’m not. I just liked the clobber. And let me tell you, the kind of people who do collect this stuff, they aren’t yobbos either. They are people with Masters [degrees], they are doctors, professors. I’ve always liked a good uniform, and throughout history, it’s always been the bad guy who dressed the best: Napoleon, the Confederates, the Nazis. If we had a good uniform, I’d collect ours as well, but what does the British Army have? Khaki. Makes them look like like a fucking swamp frog…”

* On love: “Falling in love is terrible. It makes you act foolish, like an idiot. You sign your life over when you fall in love, and it’s awful, it’s torture. You end up walking past their house at night and looking up longingly at their window… Who wants to live like that?”

“Women always left me because I wouldn’t commit, but then nothing changes a relationship like commitment. If you move in with someone, you lose all respect for them… All them dirty knickers on the towel rail, all that snorting and farting. Does that appeal to you? Because it doesn’t to me. When you first start dating someone, it’s all about being on your best behaviour, and that initial magic. I never wanted the magic to stop.”

* On solitary life: “So what? I’ve always been alone. I grew up alone. I like it that way. Even when I’m in an arena surrounded by 10,000 people, I’m alone in my head. It’s a state of mind, isn’t it?”

* On being called an icon: “Icon? Fuck that. Makes me sound like a 500-year-old religious painting.”

* On being the subject of an upcoming documentary: “It’s my peers saying how great I am, basically. Which sounded just fine to me.”

* On doing too many drugs: “They did tell me to cut back, yeah, but I thought that I may as well die of something I enjoy. Who wants to live until 102, anyway? I’d be bored shitless.”

* On death: “If I do die sooner rather than later, I’ll be satisfied with what I’ve done. I’ve had a good life, I’ve been around the world, met all kinds of people. I’ve made people laugh, I’ve fucked chicks of every colour, shape, religion and persuasion. I’ve had a whale of a time out of rock’n’roll, and rock’n’roll has had a whale of a time out of me. That’ll do.”

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