For My Sunday Song #109, “Ace of Spades” by Motorhead gets the focus this week. This is one of the most iconic Motorhead songs and it reached #15 on the charts when it was released back in 1980 on the album titled ‘Ace of Spades’. The song actually hit the UK charts again after Lemmy’s death in 2015. It went all the way to #13, two spots higher than the original run.
The song is all about gambling and has every known gambling cliche known to man included in the song and yet it works. It was only 2:48 in length yet so memorable and impactful. The menacing opening bass riff by Lemmy and that fast driving, dirty rock sound matched up with that gritty vocal by Lemmy is what makes this one of the great rock songs of all time. It was the song that introduced me to Motorhead and I am sure I am not the only one.
As I am not a gambler (ok I am not a good one), I was curious about the dead man’s hand. It turns out the Dead Man’s Hand relates to the hand that Wild Bill Hickok had when he was shot in the back of the head by Jack McCall while playing poker back in 1876. The hand he supposedly had was 2 Black 8’s and 2 Black Aces.