MOTÖRHEAD's LEMMY: Doing Acid Gives You A New Angle On Things

May 31, 2004

MOTÖRHEAD legend Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister has spoken to the U.K.'s Guardian about a variety of topics, including his collection of Nazi memorabilia, his drug use and his past and current relationships. What follows are some of the highlights of that interview:

On his collection of Nazi memorabilia:

Lemmy: "It's full of Nazi memorabilia, which horrifies Americans no end. I've had people come in there and say, 'Oh, I can't go in, I'm half-Jewish.' And I say, well, my black girlfriend doesn't have any problems with it, so I don't see why you should."

On why he dislikes the English:

Lemmy: "I've always liked America because it's ... eager. Whereas the British are resentful. They still haven't gotten over losing India. The British get on my tits all the time."

On doing drugs:

Lemmy: "[Acid] gives you a new angle on things. Several new angles. I wouldn't undo having done it.

"It made me more analytical. It made me more tolerant. And it made me realize that anything is possible. Anything. It's all random, everything is random. We like to put our patterns on things, but nature never wrote a straight line. Where are the Romans now and their fabulous buildings? Wrecks overgrown by nature.

"I've only ever had one bad trip, which was given to me by this asshole. But you get out of it. You drink orange juice like it's going out of fashion. I saw people as animals once, I saw 'em as rats and dogs. Big rings round your eyes. Whatever you do, don't look in the mirror. All the flesh melts off your face. And you are sick forever. But I took another one the next day, you know, just to get on the horse."

On having "half a kid" in France:

Lemmy: "Because me and my roadie went with this girl one night and the next night ... I was young, I was a fool. Anyway she's called it Lemmy, but it has glasses like, so I'm not sure. And it speaks only French. I met him when he was about eight. He didn't look like me. But then he didn't look like Graham either. Maybe it was a third party. Under cover of darkness."

Read Lemmy's entire interview with the Guardian at this location.

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