Motörhead release unheard 1981 soundcheck recording of “Stay Clean”

Posted by on June 11, 2021


A previously unreleased live version of Motörhead’s “Stay Clean” has been unearthed. 

The track was recorded during the soundcheck for the March 30, 1981 set of the band’s “Short Sharp Pain In The Neck” tour. At the time, the band had brought along a mobile recording studio to use on tour while recording their popular ‘No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith’ live album. 

An accompanying video for the track features backstage footage of the band’s road crew. 

“Stay Clean” is just one of a number of previously unreleased tracks from the band’s upcoming No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith deluxe 40th anniversary reissue, which is set to hit shelves on June 25. Aside from the remastered album, the two CD and three LP editions include previously unreleased soundcheck recordings, the full March 30th show and a hardcover book with never-before-seen photos and interviews. The four-CD box set features the soundcheck recordings, the book, a double-sided poster, reproduction tour tickets and tour passes, a tour poster postcard and a plectrum, as well as the full versions of all three shows that make up the album. 

Along with the announcement for the reissue in April, the band released a never-before-heard live version of their song “The Hammer.”

Originally released on June 27, 1981, No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith became Motörhead’s only number one album in the UK, outperforming all of their studio efforts. Said frontman Lemmy Kilmister at the time, “I knew it’d be the live one that went best, because we’re really a live band. You can’t listen to a record and find out what we’re about. You’ve got to see us.” 

Check out the video for “Stay Clean” here. The 40th anniversary editions of No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith are available for pre-order now. 



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