When Lemmy Kilmister Was Turned Down By Joan Jett And Lita Ford
Lemmy Kilmister established Motörhead in 1975 by embracing punk and metal genres. Though the band has been accepted as heavy metal, they influenced many genres, such as thrash metal and speed metal. However, Lemmy preferred to describe Motörhead as a rock and roll band. The group created a unique style with inspirations from other genres and impressed the audience. Motörhead had many successful works, and their 1993 album was one of them.
The band released their eleventh studio album ‘Bastards’ on November 29, 1993. They returned to their origins with fast and loud melodies in this album after the tenth studio album ‘1916’ had become commercially unsuccessful. Lemmy described ‘Bastards’ as one of the best albums they created in his autobiography ‘White Line Fever.’ He was very enthusiastic about the songs they made for the album. The rocker thought it could have been better if Joan Jett or Lita Ford could’ve sung one of the tracks. However, none of them accepted the offer.
Which Lemmy Kilmister Song Did Joan Jett and Lita Ford Refuse To Sing?
‘Bastards’ included songs talking about various themes on social issues such as war and child abuse. While ‘Death or Glory’ was about war, ‘Burner’ spoke about a chaotic environment. In addition to them, ‘Don’t Let Daddy Kiss Me‘ talks about a girl abused by her father. She tells in the lyrics how she was frightened and afraid to talk about it. Lemmy thought it could have been better if a female vocalist had performed it and brought the idea to Joan Jett and Lita Ford.
Lemmy Kilmister wrote about this memory in his autobiography entitled ‘White Line Fever.’ Lemmy mentioned that he had already written the song himself and later presented it to several female singers, including Joan Jett and Lita Ford, thinking a female vocalist should have performed it. As the rocker stated, he received positive reactions to the song; however, they later informed him that they refused to sing. As a result, Lemmy himself decided to sing the piece.
In his autobiography, Lemmy Kilmister wrote:
“I wrote that one on my own, and I’d had it for three years in my pocket. I offered it to everybody, Lita Ford and Joan Jett. Because I thought a girl should sing it, but no one ever took it up. They would hear the song and say, ‘I love it! I must sing it; you’ve got to let me have that song!’ And then three weeks later, the manager would call and say, ‘No.’ So I wound up singing it myself.”
The audience would listen to Motörhead’s ‘Don’t Let Daddy Kiss Me,’ which touched on an important social issue, from Joan Jett or Lita Ford if they accepted Lemmy’s offer. Even though a female vocalist did not sing it, the song impacted the music scene with its story behind it, combining metal melodies.
You can listen to the song below.