North East streetpunk band Crashed Out have paid their own 40th anniversary tribute to one of the greatest heavy rock songs of all time.

Motörhead ‘s Ace Of Spades was released as a single in October 1980, as a preview to the album of the same name and the band’s autumn tour.

It spent 13 weeks in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at No.15, and did even better, reaching No 13, in January 2016, when it was re-released after the death of Motörhead frontman Lemmy.

Crashed Out playing at Trillians in Newcastle in 2019. Pic: Sue Welford.

It came to be regarded as the band’s signature tune, though Lemmy insisted they had written far better songs.

The single was recently re-released for Record Store Day 2020, as a limited-edition run of 4,000 shaped picture discs.

Crashed Out are big Motörhead fans, often playing the song live, and decided to record a video of their version, when they were able to get together again after 2020’s first lockdown.

Although the Covid-19 outbreak wiped out Crashed Out’s live plans for 2020, they have stayed as busy as the pandemic permitted.

They have contributed Against All Odds, a new track previewed earlier this year, to the forthcoming Garry Bushell-curated compilation Oi! 40 Years Untamed, out soon on Pirates Press Records, and have been recording songs for a new album of their own.

Crashed Out have a track on the forthcoming compilation Oi! 40 Years Untamed.

They also have a split album coming out soon with Indonesian punk band Sceptic Off, featuring six previously released tracks from each band.

They also have some cracking live shows lined up for 2021 – support slots to Cock Sparrer, The Wildhearts and The Toy Dolls, as well as appearing at Kubix Festival in Sunderland in July, and the North East Calling all-dayer in Newcastle in September.

The Crashed Out spilt with Indonesian punk band Sceptic Off! is out soon.
Gary Welford owner