One of the main cogs from Motörhead’s Ace of Spades heyday, ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke, has passed away.
Clarke’s death at age 67 due to complications with pneumonia was confirmed via former Motörhead record label boss Ted Carroll’s Facebook page.
Born Edward Allan Clarke, he joined the band as a second guitarist one year after their inception in 1975. The first guitarist, Larry Wallis, immediately quit, making Fast Eddie Motörhead’s lead.
After travelling a rocky road where the band reportedly almost split several times, Motörhead found some success with a cover of college classic Louie Louie, before the big one – Ace of Spades – exploded in 1980. This let the band back into loungerooms all over Britain with a killer Top of the Pops appearance.
Not long after, Clarke quit Motörhead in 1982, refusing to take part in a cover of Tammy Wynette’s Stand By Your Man as he felt that it compromised the band’s principles. He eventually formed his own band, Fastway, in 1983 with UFO’s Pete Way. They remained active in various line-ups – all including Clarke – up until his death, with their last album being 2011’s Eat Dog Eat. This wasn’t Clarke’s final recording, however, as he released solo outing Make My Day – Back to Blues in 2014.
Vale ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke.