A short time ago I saw a trusted friend in media sharing the post made by “Fast” Eddie Clark who was informing his friends, fans and followers that the former Motorhead drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor had passed away after an undisclosed illness. He was 61 years old.
Philthy was born Phil Taylor back in 1954 and was a part of the Mark IV era of the band Motorhead. For many Metal heads this was the bands most influential period and of the ten albums that Taylor recorded with them, there are diamonds among the gold in such works as “On Parole” (1975/1979), “Motörhead” (1977), “Overkill” (1979), “Bomber” (1979), “Ace of Spades” (1980), “No Sleep ’til Hammersmith” (1981), “Iron Fist” (1982), “Another Perfect Day” (1983), “Rock ‘n’ Roll” (1987), “1916” (1991) and “March ör Die” (1992). I didn’t listen to Motorhead straight away as I was a diehard KISS person with some Van Halen and Judas Priest following up but when I did with the incredible “Ace Of Spades” album and the follow-up live effort “No Sleep Til Hammersmmith” I was sold and it was largely because of Taylors drumming. As a young musician at the time, the speed and ferocity of his style just blew me away and once I had begun to enjoy it did my best to learn numerous tracks for my own bands. Sadly I would never see Motorhead in concert until many years later and by that time Taylor had been out of the lineup for quite a while. I admit to not following much of his career after Motorhead but I am still thankful for the pounding sounds that he gave us with the band for so many years. He inspired so many young drummers of the time and is to be commended by it. As the full details are still sketchy around his passing other than by saying “illness”, I will close out this memorial missive with a thank you for the music and a respectful bow of the head in condolence to his family, close friends and former band mates along with his many worldwide fans who are coming to terms with this sad news. Rest In Peace Philthy, you were like no one else.
Official Artist Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Taylor_%28musician%29
Official Motorhead: http://www.imotorhead.com