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RIP Fast Eddie Clarke

October 5, 1950 - January 10, 2018

 

Edward Allan Clarke, better known as Fast Eddie Clarke, guitarist for the original three-piece formation of Motörhead, died in a London hospital Wednesday evening, January 10th, after a bout with pneumonia.  He was 67.

 

Mr. Clarke, who was born on Oct. 5, 1950, in Twickenham, a suburb of London, joined Motörhead as its guitarist in 1976, alongside the drummer Phil Taylor and the singer and bassist Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy.

 

Motörhead, known for its punishing and distorted heaviness, volume and penchant for rhythmic speed, which would inspire genres like thrash and speed metal, released 22 studio albums and went through numerous lineup changes. But the one with Mr. Clarke on guitar was regarded as the classic one, leading to some of the band’s best-selling albums, including “Motörhead” (1977), “Overkill” and “Bomber” (both 1979), and “Ace of Spades” (1980).

 

He left Motörhead in 1982 and went on to form the hard-rock group Fastway with the former U.F.O. bassist Pete Way in 1983. Fastway released seven albums, including its 1983 debut, called simply “Fastway,” which Mr. Clarke called a personal favorite. “I loved it because it was all my pent-up stuff,” he said. Fastway never reached the same heights as Motörhead, but Clarke's guitar work for the band retained his signature, precise menace.

 

His final album was Make My Day: Back to Blues, recorded with Gary Numan keyboardist Bill Sharpe.

 

 

 

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@Cirice wrote:

October 5, 1950 - January 10, 2018

 

Edward Allan Clarke, better known as Fast Eddie Clarke, guitarist for the original three-piece formation of Motörhead, died in a London hospital Wednesday evening, January 10th, after a bout with pneumonia.  He was 67.

 

Mr. Clarke, who was born on Oct. 5, 1950, in Twickenham, a suburb of London, joined Motörhead as its guitarist in 1976, alongside the drummer Phil Taylor and the singer and bassist Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy.

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Thank you for the topic.  RIP Eddie Clarke

 

 

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