(Source:unknown magazine) Motorhead
"Yeah, theres definitely a story behind this song... It all happened when I was on tour in the states with Hawkwind. It was when I was about to get thrown out ('74), and we were staying at the Hyatt/Riot house hotel in Los Angeles and Ron Wood and Wizzard were in town staying at the same place. Suddenly, after all the usual excesses, I got the urge in the middle of the night to write a song. I ran downstairs to the Wizzard room and nabbed Roy's Ovation acoustic, then hurried back to mine. Alan Powell (the then Hawkwind drummer) was asleep, so I went out onto the balcony and howled away for about two hours. I mean there were cars stopping and listening and then driving off, and there I was on God knows what floor bashing out 'Motorhead' at the top of my voice!"
"Basically, the song is about speeding! 'Sky high and six thousand miles away' says it all. The six thousand miles is Los Angeles and the rest is self explanatory. And yes, I suppose I am the only person to be able to fit 'Parallelogram' into a Rock 'n' Roll number!"
"The original version of the song appeared on the B-side of Hawkwind's 'Kings of Speed' single (cut at Olympic studios in 1975) and it has quite an interesting violin part, if I remember rightly. In fact another version by Hawkwind came out not that long ago (on Flicknife records) with Dave Brock's vocals re-recorded over mine! Cheeky bastard!"