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Ye Olde Metal: Motörhead’s Overkill

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This app tells the story of the making of Motörhead’s 1979 album Overkill.

Now they had mid-sized Bronze to give them a little substance in their lives, and the guys would not take the opportunity lightly, crafting the most brutally rocking album the world had seen to date.

The app’s author, Martin Popoff, explains:

“This ‘making of’ essay is one of my longer, more involved ones, featuring exclusive commentary from the elusive Philthy Animal Taylor and most richly Fast Eddie Clarke, who really leans into the telling of the tale.”

“Fond memories of getting this album, stumbling across it at Strawberry Jams in Spokane as a new release, instantly but briefly driving me mad right there in the store, 'cos the Snaggletooth graphic had suddenly exploded into colour, in contrast with the basic frontage of the band's sooty debut.”

“The Overkill buck-a-shot ‘print single’ app also includes a nice gaggle of memorabilia shots plus some unseen live photography from my personal archive.”

The Motörhead’s Overkill app stems from an as-yet-unpublished Ye Olde Metal “essay” or “chapter,” Ye Olde Metal being a series of five books thus far, examining albums from 1968 through 1978, in detailed, one-per-chapter format.

Martin Popoff has penned 37 books on hard rock, heavy metal, classic rock and record collecting. Martin currently resides in Toronto and can be reached through or

The Motörhead’s Overkill app is a universal app that is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The app has layouts that have been specifically optimised for iPhone and for iPad.

Look out for other apps and eBooks in the Ye Olde Metal single-album series including Y&T’s Black Tiger, Bad Company’s Desolation Angels, Whitesnake’s Ready An’ Willing, Gillan’s Glory Road and Fastway’s Fastway.