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No Sleep ’til Hammersmith is the first live album by the Englishmarker band Motörhead. Released on 27 June, 1981, it peaked at #1 on the UKmarker album charts. It was followed by the release of the single "Motorhead" (coupled with the non-album track "Over the Top") on 11 July, which peaked in the UK singles chart at #6.


With the exception of "Iron Horse / Born To Lose" which was from a 1980 show, it was recorded at the Leeds and Newcastle shows during the Short, Sharp Pain In The Neck five-date tour in 1981. The name of the tour was a reference to the injury sustained by Phil Taylor when he was dropped on his head during some after-show horseplay. Despite the title of the album, the London venue the Hammersmith Odeonmarker was not played on the tour, the shows being:
  • 27 March, 1981 – West Runton Pavilion, Norfolk, England
  • 28 March, 1981 - Queens Hall, Leeds, England
  • 29 March, 1981 - City Hall, Newcastle, England
  • 30 March, 1981 - City Hall, Newcastle, England
  • 03 April, 1981 - Maysfield Leisure Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Backstage at the Leeds and Newcastle shows the band were presented with silver record and gold record for sales of Ace of Spades, a silver record for Overkill and a silver record for "Please Don't Touch".

Lemmy has stated that originally they intended it to be a double album but they only had enough material for three sides. At time of the album's release, the band were in the middle of their first North America tour, supporting Ozzy Osbourne.

The US 1996 CD version added detail to the effect that the bonus tracks were recorded "live in the studio at about the same time as the Hammersmith shows". Presumably this means at about the same time as the shows for the live album, since the Hammersmith Odeon wasn't played on the tour. One of the Newcastle dates was most certainly used on the record for the song "(We Are) The Roadcrew,"as evidenced by a roadie saying "Come on then Newcastle! Let's hear it for the road crew!"

Critical reception

It is the band's most successful in terms of chart positioning, peaking at #1 on the UK charts, having capitalised on the preceding success of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre EP and Ace of Spades album and single. Lemmy believes its success was due to a building anticipation from their fan base for a live album, due to the band having toured so heavily in the past, but also considered it "our downfall" due to the difficulty in following up its success.

The album is listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Cultural references

The band's second live album is designated the brother of No Sleep 'til Hammersmith and is called Nö Sleep at All.

The album title has been parodied on:

Track listing

All songs by Eddie Clarke, Ian Kilmister and Phil Taylor except where stated.

Side 1

  1. "Ace of Spades" – 3:01
  2. "Stay Clean" – 2:50
  3. "Metropolis" – 3:31
  4. "The Hammer" – 3:05
  5. "Iron Horse/Born to Lose" (Taylor, Mick Brown, Guy "Tramp" Lawrence) – 3:58
  6. "No Class" – 2:34

Side 2

  1. "Overkill" – 5:13
  2. "(We Are) the Road Crew" – 3:31
  3. "Capricorn" – 4:40
  4. "Bomber" – 3:24
  5. "Motorhead" (Kilmister) – 4:47

1996 Essential Records CD bonus tracks

  1. "Over the Top" [B-side] – 3:04
  2. "Capricorn" [alternate] – 4:54
  3. "Train Kept A-Rollin'" (Tiny Bradshaw, Howard Kay, Lois Mann) – 2:44

2001 Metal-Is Records "Complete Edition": Disc 1 bonus tracks

  1. "Over The Top" [B-side] – 2:57
  2. "Shoot You in the Back" [previously unreleased] – 2:43
  3. "Jailbait" [previously unreleased] – 3:34
  4. "Leaving Here" [previously unreleased] – 2:48
  5. "Fire, Fire" [previously unreleased] – 2:55
  6. "Too Late, Too Late" [previously unreleased] – 3:04
  7. "Bite the Bullet/The Chase Is Better than the Catch" [previously unreleased] – 6:38

2001 Metal-Is Records "Complete Edition": Disc 2

  1. "Ace of Spades" [alternate] – 2:47
  2. "Stay Clean" [alternate] – 2:54
  3. "Metropolis" [alternate] – 3:46
  4. "The Hammer" [alternate] – 3:01
  5. "Capricorn" [alternate] – 5:00
  6. "No Class" [alternate] – 2:44
  7. "(We Are) the Road Crew" [alternate] – 3:31
  8. "Bite the Bullet/The Chase Is Better than the Catch" [alternate] – 6:07
  9. "Overkill" [alternate] – 4:53
  10. "Bomber" [alternate] – 3:26
  11. "Motorhead" [alternate] (Kilmister) – 5:31


  • Produced by Vic Maile
  • Front sleeve photographs by Ian Kalinouski
  • Back sleeve photographs by Graham Mitchell and Simon Porter

Release History

Date Region Label Catalogue Format Notes
27 June 1981 UK Bronze BRON 535 vinyl Peaked at #1 in the album chart.

Has a photo-montage inner-sleeve
27 June 1981 UK Bronze BRONG 535 gold vinyl
1990 UK Castle CLACD 179 CD
1996 UK Essential ESMCD313 CD 3 bonus tracks, gold picture disc
1996 North America Dojo DOJO 3035-2 CD 3 bonus tracks
2001 UK Sanctuary SMEDD 043 2CD "Complete Edition": bonus unreleased tracks

(disk 1) and alternate takes (disk 2)


  1. Burridge, Alan Illustrated Collector's Guide to Motörhead Published: 1995, Collector's Guide Publishing p70. ISBN 0-9695736-2-6.
  2. Official Motorhead website – 1981 tour dates
  3. Kilmister, Ian Fraser and Garza, Janiss White Line Fever (2002) — Simon & Schuster p. 145. ISBN 0-684-85868-1.
  4. Burridge, Alan Illustrated Collector's Guide to Motörhead Published: 1995, Collector's Guide Publishing ISBN 0-9695736-2-6.

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