Fast Eddie Clarke, Motörhead guitarist – obituary

Motörhead: 'Fast' Eddie Clarke, drummer Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor and bassist and singer Lemmy (Ian Kilmister) Credit: Estate Of Keith Morris/Redferns

Fast Eddie Clarke, the guitarist, who has died of pneumonia aged 67, was the last surviving member of the original line-up of the hard-living heavy metal group, Motörhead, following the deaths of his bandmates Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor in 2015.

Although Lemmy, Motörhead’s gravelly voiced frontman, was the more charismatic face of the band, it was Clarke’s guitar riffs which provided them with their unique sound. The dazzling speed, technical skill and thrilling lack of restraint with which he played on hits such as Bomber (1979) and Ace of Spades (1980) set the bar for all other heavy and thrash metal bands.

Clarke, Taylor and Lemmy (who liked to refer to themselves as “the Three Amigos”) had met in 1975 when Taylor – already part of Lemmy’s newly formed Motörhead – and Clarke were refitting a houseboat in Battersea.

Although Clarke had played with several other...

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