"You can’t talk about distorted bass without mentioning Ace of Spades": Listen to Lemmy’s isolated bass on Motörhead’s born-to-lose anthem

(Image credit: Photo by Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns)

The sight of Lemmy Kilmister pounding away at his Rickenbacker bass guitar, head back and growling into that impossibly high mic, with a wall of Marshall stacks behind him is one of the most iconic images in British metal. 

As well as having one of the best intro riffs ever, Ace Of Spades is without doubt Motörhead’s most successful song. Talking to Mojo magazine in 2011, Lemmy said: “Ace of Spades is unbeatable, apparently. It’s not the best song we ever did by any means, but it’s the one everybody knows.”

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.