One of gaming’s better rumors is each koopaling in Super Mario Bros. 3 was named after a celebrity. One of the seven is Lemmy, allegedly inspired by Lemmy Kilmister, founder of the rock band Motörhead. Kilmister died of cancer yesterday. To learn more, I asked the person who named the koopalings.
I don’t have anything all that insightful to say about Lemmy, who died tonight, or about Motörhead, the band he lorded over and which lorded over rock and roll longer than I’ve been alive, but they were god damn madmen and you should have loved them if you didn’t.
Back when we played youth sports, our parents had just one rule: no fraternizing with heavy metal bands. In England however they are much more lax. You may have heard of this already, but a North Hykeham, Lincoln U-10 soccer coach, in search of a team sponsor, came up with the idea of asking Motorhead. And they said…