MOTÖRHEAD — Another Perfect Day (review)

MOTÖRHEAD — Another Perfect Day album cover Album · 1983 · Heavy Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
Nightfly
Another Perfect day stands out as a bit of an oddball in the Motorhead discography. The departure of Eddie Clarke early in a USA tour after refusing to play on collaboration with the Plasmatics, a version of Tammy Wynette’s Stand By Your Man, left them in need of a guitarist fast to avoid cancelling the rest of the tour. I believe a couple of dates did get cancelled but the quick arrival of former Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson enabled them to salvage most of it. After the tour the band went into the studio to start work on the sixth studio album.

Another Perfect Day sounds different to any Motorhead album before or since. It’s their most melodic album down to Robbo’s more melodic hard rock guitar style replacing Clarke’s raw bluesy rock ‘n’roll riffing. On paper it shouldn’t have worked but although slated at the time is actually a strong collection of songs. It’s still clearly the sound of Motorhead with Lemmy’s distinctive vocals and pummelling bass and Phil Taylors driving drumming it couldn’t be otherwise but Robbo’s guitar, both lead and rhythm, with plenty of overdubs adds a melodic sophistication not previously present. Don’t be mistaken though, this album still rocks hard with some great guitar work. It’s also strong from start to finish without any weak moments which can’t be said for the previous album Iron Fist.

It wasn’t to last, mainly down to Robertson being permanently pissed on tour and his questionable dress sense on stage his services were soon dispensed with, the band coming back with Orgasmatron and a two guitar line-up with a more traditional Motorhead sound. Another Perfect Day is still a great album though and while not up there with classics like Overkill and Ace Of Spades is still stronger than many in the bands back catalogue. It would have been great to have had at least one more album with Robbo but sadly it wasn’t to be.
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Nightfly wrote:
3 months ago
All good albums. Orgasmatron was definitely the one to make to keep the old fans happy after APD.
UMUR wrote:
3 months ago
I like a couple of the later albums too like Orgasmatron, 1916, Bastards, and yeahh...definitely We Are Motörhead, which was a slightly surprising album to me. I really liked it when it was released.
Nightfly wrote:
3 months ago
Yes great album. To my ears they didn't release anything after this to equal it until 2000's We Are Motorhead.
UMUR wrote:
3 months ago
I like this one too. Probably a top 5 Motörhead album for me. I like how different it sounds to the other albums in their discography while still sounding unmistakably like Motörhead (just like you describe in your review).

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