Motörhead: “Overkill” – The Art of Joe Petagno

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Overkill, Overkill, Overkill

“Overkill” is a song by the band Motörhead. It was released in 7″ and 12″ vinyl pressings in 1979. It is backed with B-side “Too Late Too Late” which appears on the CD re-issues of the Overkill album. Early copies came with a free “Overkill” badge.  The single reached number 39 on the UK Singles Chart.

On 9 March 1979 the band played this song on the BBC TV show Top of the Pops to support the release of the single. The song is a live favorite and is frequently featured at Motörhead concerts, often in an extended version.

Single track listing:
1.”Overkill” (Eddie Clarke, Ian Kilmister, Phil Taylor) – 3:16
2.”Too Late Too Late” (Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor) – 3:24

The artwork on the sleeve was created by Joe Petagno, based on his design for the album’s cover.

The Art of Joe Petagno

Petagno was born in Portland, Maine and left the United States in 1972.

He worked with Hipgnosis before meeting Motörhead’s Lemmy in 1975, he designed “War-Pig” (aka Snaggletooth, The Iron Boar, The Bastard or The Little Bastard) for the band’s Motörhead album

and has continued to design the majority of the album and single sleeve covers for the band.  Joe Petagno came with the concept after studying skulls of wild boars, gorillas and dogs.

He is also known for his science fiction book covers, notably for the Corgi SF Collector’s Library edition of Ray Bradbury’s The Silver Locusts aka The Martian Chronicles.


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