In 1986, the mighty Motörhead released their seventh album, promised to make you "Deaf Forever,"Orgasmatron. That same year, Lemmy Kilmister showed off his acting abilities in a spaghetti western-styled video for Boys Don't Cry's single "I Wanna Be a Cowboy." The story of how Lemmy ended up playing a bad guy with the looks and attitude of an actor who often portrayed badass cowboys himself, Lee Van Cleef, is a good piece of heavy metal mythology.
First, let's clear up the common belief that the synthpop band's name, Boys Don't Cry, has any relation to the classic early single of the same name by The Cure. The inspiration was lifted from 10cc's "I'm Not in Love." The lyric in question, "Be quiet, big boys don't cry," was whispered by Kathy Redfern, the secretary for Strawberry Studios where 10cc was recording their third album,The Original Soundtrack.