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Ace of Spades

Ace of Spades

8 Aug 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars 180 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 8 Aug. 2013
  • Release Date: 8 Aug. 2013
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • Copyright: 2005 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company, under exclusive license to [PIAS] UK Ltd.
  • Duration: 2:46 minutes
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  • ASIN: B00EB37B0E
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 180 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,535 in Songs (See Top 100 in Songs)
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This is undeniably one of the best metal songs of all time. If you walk past a bar or club playing it anywhere in the world, it makes you want to go in. It’s a useful shorthand for this is my kind of place. It’s a raucous celebration in your ears. It’s a holiday from the grey and mundane. It’s a call to grab life by the pink, round and squishies and really give it all you’ve got, with not a thought for failure.

It’s a clever song, because on first glance it’s just about gambling, but if you listen a little deeper you’ll see it’s also about life and death.

“You win some, lose some, it’s all the same to me” is basically the same idea as Kipling’s “If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same…you'll be a man, my son”.

“The pleasure is to play” is a line that makes perfect sense on a visceral level and recalls Ralph Waldo Emerson’s (and Aerosmith’s) “Life is a journey, not a destination”.

The theme of making the decision to take risks, explored in the lyric “Double up or quit, double stake or split” is reminiscent of Einstein’s “A ship is always safe at the shore, but that is not what it is built for”.

And finally, the biggie, the inevitability of death, the thing we humans are always trying to distract ourselves from, is referenced in the lyric “The only thing you see, you know it's gonna be, the ace of spades”.

My reviewing of this song is of course due to the recent loss of Lemmy and I’ve bought an mp3 copy (despite having a seven inch single and CD versions of the song) in the hope of Motörhead getting to number one in the charts on Friday 8th January.

We asked too much of Lemmy, expecting him to be immortal. I last saw Motörhead live at Wacken in 2014. They played as the sun set. The crowd response to this song was huge. Ace Of Spades is a song that will always make me thankful for the Lemmories.
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Let's keep that thing going guys! Fantastic piece of rock history!
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Come on guys - you gotta love Lemmie and the guys with their seminal hit "Ace of Spades". If you don't have it, BUY IT NOW!
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Total Classic BUY BUY BUY and get Lemmy to the top of the charts ! there are live versions that also count to the chart I think if you want them instead BUY BUY BUY. One day left until the end of this chart week, was sitting at abiut No9 in the mid chart week statistics I believe \m/
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Ace of Spades is more than pure music. It is resonance, attitude and folk fable. Sometimes a song comes along and rewrites the rule books. This is one. I bought this after Lemmy's recent death as part of a campaign to knock Bieber off the No.1 slot. I really do hope it works. JB is typical of what tthe higher income bracket has become - sickly, contrite and ultimately failing to make waves. In contrast Motorhead mean what they say: "I don't wanna live forever." No guys but your music will. Buy.
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Most people, let alone Motörhead fans know this track. One of their best if not 'the best'.
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What's to say musically and lyrically perfect! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
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The timeless Motörhead classic, purchased in connection with the online campaign to get it to number one in the wake of the untimely death of Lemmy. It didn't reach number one but did achieve a higher chart position than the original release did, back in 1980!
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