Orgasmatron

Album: Orgasmatron (1986)

Songfacts®:

  • With incendiary lyrics by frontman Lemmy, this song takes on different but related topics in each of the three verses, all written from the first-person perspective.

    The first verse is about organized religion, which he calls "obsequious and arrogant" and a "sadistic, sacred whore."

    The second verse deals with politicians, who twist the truth and "revel in your pain."

    The third verse is about war, which speaks of valor but leads to death. In this verse, Lemmy takes the voice of Mars, the Roman god of war.
  • The Orgasmatron is a device that shows up in the 1973 Woody Allen movie Sleeper, but according to Phil Campbell, that had no bearing on the song. "It had nothing to do with Woody Allen," he told Songfacts. "Even though we did love Woody Allen - he made us laugh."
  • This is the title track to the group's seventh album, their first album of new material since Another Perfect Day in 1983 and their first with guitarist Phil Campbell. It was produced by Bill Laswell, who had previously worked with Herbie Hancock (Sound-System, 1984), Mick Jagger (She's the Boss, 1985) and Yoko Ono (Starpeace, 1985) - not names that bring Motörhead's sound to mind. According to Phil Campbell, the band wasn't happy with Laswell's production, as it wasn't heavy enough for them.

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