…but only because major labels are slaves to trends. And execs are fucking idiots.
Recorded December 75-Feb 76. United Artists signed the band, but shelved the record fearing its commercial potential.
MOTORHEAD paid to record a single with Stiff later in 76 but UA (who had no plans to release their already-recorded album) brought in their lawyers to block release.
After Overkill and Bomber exploded in 79, UA smelt the cash and quickly arranged a release.
United Artists almost destroyed MOTORHEAD by 77, the band almost threw in the towel. But after a ‘farewell’ gig provided an opportunity and the subsequent eponymous single and album on Chiswick; the future was set!