B-Sides: Motorhead Raises Hell

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Ozzy Osbourne may have originated the song “Hellraiser” on his 1991 No More Tears album, but it is probably more well known for Motorhead’s Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth cover version and subsequent music video in which Lemmy challenges Pinhead to a card game for his mortal soul.

Actually, the Motorhead “Hellraiser” is probably only slightly more well known because Ozzy never released his original version as a single; whereas Motorhead’s version was released as promotion for both their latest album at the time and the third Hellraiser flick. Hey, you never saw Ozzy Osbourne on “The Tonight Show” performing “Hellraiser” as Jay Leno provided ear plugs to the studio audience and guest Edie McClurg sat mortified on the couch.

Doug Bradley donned the make-up once more for the rather odd “Hellraiser” music video that bewilderingly intercuts footage from the film, Motorhead performing the song, Pinhead terrorizing a movie theater patron (Now there’s an anti-texting PSA that should play in cinemas!), and then engaging Lemmy in a card game where the Motorhead lead singer’s soul is no doubt at stake because, obviously, Pinhead doesn’t play for chips.

Lemmy clearly cheats to win and then he gets all big and bad by tossing over the card table, even taunting a visibly pissed off Pinhead on the way out the door. Should’ve sunk a metal hook right into that big fat mole on Lemmy’s face instead of just standing there sneering. Poor Pinhead…

B-Sides: Motorhead Raises Hell

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  • MonsterMash

    I like the video. It’s goofy as hell.

  • jkincer

    FYI, Clive Barker directed the video. In a last ditch effort to salvage the troubled production (and no doubt market the film) the powers that be begged Clive to come back on as a producer. Being a nice guy he directed the video. The story is on Clive’s official page: http://www.clivebarker.info/hellmotorhead.html