The Bad News Tour (1983):
Den Dennis: 'I'm leaving the band if you say we're not heavy metal!'
Vim Fuego aka Alan Metcalfe: 'Heavy metal, Heavy metal Heavy metal Heavy Bloody metal, alright?!'http://www.anus.com/metal/about/philosophy/
(I'm not joking, the website really is called anus.com. Oh gawd. Anyway, read the essay on heavy metal and various connected genres. It's interesting, although controversial in places.
\on this very forum before...
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'I'd call this area the genre of "Motörhead". We don't have to categorize all of their songs just to "prove" they are (not) RnR or Metal. And KoD is ...'http://www.nolifetilmetal.com/motorhead.htm
(Where Philthy contributes his word, endorsing the genre,,,)
And the final word from Lem...http://www.motorhead.ru/art11damagecase.htm
"People call us heavy metal because we have long hair," Lemmy scoffs. "If we had short hair, they would've called us punk. They just look at the surface, the clothes; they didn't want to look at what we really do. We're a rock band. I am rock 'n' roll; I've seen the whole thing. I remember Elvis's first record. Heavy metal is people who shriek and plod around. I think we have more in common with the Band — When we first started we were playing "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", and all these Yardbirds-style songs. I wanted to be the MC5. We bend, like dance music. Except it's too fast to dance to." He may have a point there — Lemmy insists Motörhead is a democracy, but since he's the ubiquitous spokesperson by choice or not, they certainly seem like a bassplayer-led combo, and they sound like one too. Fast Eddie Clarke tended primarily to use his guitar as rhythm — to bolster basslines. Old Motörhead always had a beat that swings.'