No Class

No Class
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"Motörhead - No Class"
Single by Motörhead
from the album Overkill
B-side Like a Nightmare
Released 30 June 1979
Format 7"
Recorded December 1978 – January 1979
Roundhouse Studios
Sound Development Studios
Length 2:39
Label Bronze Records/EMI
Writer(s) Eddie Clarke
Ian Kilmister
Phil Taylor
Producer Jimmy Miller
Motörhead singles chronology
"No Class"

"No Class" is a song by the heavy metal band Motörhead. It was released in 1979, in 7" vinyl pressings. The song first appeared on the 1979 album Overkill, and became one of the "cornerstones" of the classic 1981 live album No Sleep 'til Hammersmith.[1] It is one of the band's "anthems".[2]



It was available in three different covers, with either a picture of Lemmy, "Fast" Eddie Clarke or Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor. The single also contains the B-side "Like a Nightmare", which can be found on the reissued versions of Overkill.[3] The song was already a live track before it was recorded for Overkill.[4]

Style and influences

Stylistically, the song is described as "get-down rock boogie".[5] Critics have noted the similarities at the time between Motörhead's music and ZZ Top's, and the guitar riff in "No Class" is said to be "stolen" from ZZ Top's "Tush."[6]

On Motörhead's 1999 live album Everything Louder than Everyone Else, before playing "No Class" Lemmy dedicated the song to long-time friend Wendy O. Williams, who had committed suicide the previous month.[7]

Notable covers

  • The Plasmatics covered the song in 1982, as part of the Stand by Your Man EP collaboration with Motörhead.[8][9]
  • In 1990 the Argentine Thrash metal band Hermética recorded "No Class" for Interpretes, a cover album; it is the only English track ever recorded by the band.
  • In 2010, the sludge metal band Kingdom of Sorrow covered the song on their album Behind the Blackest Tears.[10]

Single track listing

  1. "No Class" (Eddie Clarke, Ian Kilmister, Phil Taylor)
  2. "Like a Nightmare" (Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor)


  • Fast Eddie Clarke – Guitars, vocals
  • Philthy Animal Taylor – Drums
  • Lemmy (Ian Kilmister) – Bass, lead vocals


  1. ^ Prato, Greg (2001). "Overkill". In Vladimir Bogdanov. All music guide: the definitive guide to popular music. Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine. Hal Leonard. p. 247. ISBN 9780879306274. 
  2. ^ Diehl, Matt (April 2009). "The Spin Interview: Lemmy". Spin: pp. 68–70. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Burridge, Alan Illustrated Collector's Guide to Motörhead Published: 1995, Collector's Guide Publishing ISBN 0-9695736-2-6.
  4. ^ Kilmister, Lemmy; Garza, Janiss (2004). White Line Fever. Citadel. p. 125. ISBN 9780806525907. 
  5. ^ Taylor, Steve (2006). A to X of Alternative Music. Continuum. p. 157. ISBN 9780826482174. 
  6. ^ Peter Buckley, ed (2003). The rough guide to rock. Rough Guides. p. 699. ISBN 9781843531050. 
  7. ^ Bolton, R. Scott (27 August 2002). "Lemmy Describes Motörhead's Everything Louder Than Everyone Else". Rough Edge. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Cimarc, George (2005). Punk diary: the ultimate trainspotter's guide to underground rock, 1970-1982. Hal Leonard. p. 650. ISBN 9780879308483. 
  9. ^ Kilmister, Lemmy; Garza, Janiss (2004). White Line Fever. Citadel. p. 161. ISBN 9780806525907. 
  10. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry (2005). New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Zonda. p. 187. ISBN 9780958268400. 

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