It’s Motorhead week here at Loudwire and we’re thrilled to be bringing you a song a day from the band’s brand new album, Bad Magic. Today’s new track is the band’s cover of the Rolling Stones classic “Sympathy for the Devil” and it’s a version that is fairly faithful to the original, but definitely has a Motorhead stamp on it.
The Motorhead version opens with Mikkey Dee really driving the song with a tribal beat and shakers giving it that swing that fans have come to love. In fact, the early portion of the song is really driven by Dee’s percussive work and the rich context of Lemmy Kilmister‘s weathered voice. But let’s not forget about Phil Campbell. Though the guitarist lays back in the early portion of the song, he more than gets his spotlight midway in with some electrifying riffing that really up the energy level of the track. For Rolling Stones purists, there’s still enough swing and backing “Woo-wooos” for listeners to identify with, but Motorhead make the song their own while managing to appease everyone.
Lemmy recently told us the band recorded the track at the request of wrestling great Triple H. As for his thoughts on the song, he astutely states, “Oh, we killed that.” And he’s right. The song was an exciting one for Kilmister back when it was released by the Rolling Stones and with the Motorhead version ready to hit, look for more fans to rediscover this classic track.
Check out the song in the player provided below and be sure to pick up Motorhead’s Bad Magic when it arrives this Friday. You can currently pre-order the disc via Amazon and iTunes. Look for Motorhead hitting the road to support the effort at these stops. And check back every day this week as we at Loudwire bring you more new songs from Motorhead’s Bad Magic album.
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