Released: 2011, Niji Entertainment Group
Reviewer: Robert Williams
Hey you over there in the Motorhead shirt... Yeah, I'm talking to you! Have you ever wondered what it would sound like if Lemmy Kilmister fronted a rockabilly band? Of course you haven't. You're a metalhead and rockabilly music is... well... silly, to put it nicely. All those greased up pompadours and poodle skirts make most of us run as fast as we can in the other direction. Luckily for you the reader, this is the one (Count it, ONE) time you will ever have to read a rockabilly review on Metal-Rules. Reason being, rock god Lemmy is fronting this three-piece and we like to pay him due respect whenever the opportunity arises.
"American Beat" being one of two original tracks on WALK THE WALK... kicks things off with some honky tonk piano, dance floor boogie woogie. Leather lunged Lemmy Kilmister brings enough edge to the retro rock n' roll sound to raise a pint glass in appreciation. "Say Mama" sounds like an old Chuck Berry or Jerry Lee Lewis rehash. I hear that piano, and the stop-start delivery of fifties rock n' roll and instantly I'm in a malt shop lighting a lucky strike and sweet talking Suzy Q. into loosening her blouse a little. For anyone keeping up with Lemmy's interviews over the years, it's obvious that this is the kind of music that's always been near and dear to the widely influential Motorhead frontman.
"Something Else" was once a favorite cover song for everybody's favorite punk junkie Sid Vicious to cover live, now Lemmy and Co. deliver a much cleaner and faithful rendition than that of the late, great Sidney. At times it actually feels like Lemmy is trying to really sing, rather than bark; which in a way is a little disheartening until you realize and respect that he's probably wanted to do a record like this for years and given that almost all of these tunes are treasured classics, it becomes apparent that Lemmy is doing his very best to do them ample justice.
"The Eagle Flies On Friday" (The other original Head Cat song featured on Walk The Walk...) is a slow, bluesy number perfect for weathered barflies and back alley, midnight fisfights. Of all of the Beatles songs in the illustrious Lennon/McCartney back catalogue, it comes as a bit of a shock that Lemmy would pick "Trying To Get To You" a song that would fall under the early bubblegum pop years of the Fab Four. Needless to say, Head Cat offers up a healthy dose of Bee Bop for the jukebox. Blues rock standard "Crossroads" closes things out and sounds exactly as you would imagine. No real surprises, just Head Cat doing what they do best; rocking the house like three hellcat motherfuckers.
All in all, I respect this disc for what it is. No, it doesn't light a powder keg under your ass like a good Motorhead record. No, it will never be up for "Metal Album Of The Year" (Unless you're flipping through Revolver magazine, those ham n' eggers) But if you can't get enough Lemmy Kilmister (and honestly, what self respecting metal fan can?) and you're interested in the music that inspired him and ultimately paved the path for him to become the legendary Motorhead frontman that he is today, you might want to lend an ear and check out what Head Cat is all about.