The Chase Is Better Than The Catch

Album: Ace of Spades (1980)

Songfacts®:

  • The sentiment of the title has been echoed since, in the Deep Purple track "Knocking At Your Back Door":

    It's not the kill
    It's the thrill of the chase


    Ian Hunter said in the 2011 documentary The Ballad Of Mott The Hoople: "The fun is the ride, but there ain't no station."

    And doubtless before by some long forgotten wit in Latin or Greek before the birth of Christ.
  • "The Chase Is Better Than The Catch" is Track 11 on the 1980 Ace Of Spades album wherein it runs to 4 minutes 48 seconds. It was also released as a video. As usual it was a group composition: lyrics by bass player Lemmy with all three band members contributing to the music.
  • Guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke left the band in 1982, but on October 22, 2000 - the band's 25th anniversary concert at the Brixton Academy - he made a cameo appearance for this song alongside regular guitarist Phil Campbell. The three founder members of Motörhead died within two-and-a-half years of each other, drummer Phil Taylor the youngest at 61, and without doubt they all lived life to the full enjoying the chase like only rockers can. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for all above

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