Original Motorhead Guitarist Larry Wallis Dead at 70
Wallis was one of Motörhead’s earliest members, predating even the classic lineup of Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, Phil Taylor, and Eddie Clarke. He joined Lemmy and original drummer Lucas Fox in 1975, and recorded just one album with the band before leaving in 1976. On Parole was intended as Motörhead’s first album, but was postponed until 1979 and released as the band’s fourth, following Motörhead, Overkill, and Bomber, none of which feature Wallis. He’s credited as a co-writer on “Vibrator,” “City Kids,” and “Fools,” and as sole writer on the album’s title track.
Wallis had a slightly longer tenure with the Pink Fairies. He played on 1973’s Kings of Oblivion, 1982’s Previously Unreleased, and 1987’s Kill ‘Em and Eat ‘Em after his stint with Motörhead. Wallis also recorded with Mick Farren’s the Deviants, playing on albums from the ’70s through the late ’90s.
He served as in-house producer for Stiff Records during the late ’70s, and worked on albums from Nick Lowe, The Adverts, Wreckless Eric, and more; “Police Car/On Parole,” one of Wallis’ singles from that era, went on to be covered by The Members and The Snips.