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Former Motorhead Drummer, Phil

Former Motorhead Drummer, Phil

Former Motorhead drummer, Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, died on 11th November at the age of 61. Taylor’s former bandmate, ‘Fast’ Eddie Clark, posted a tribute on his Facebook page stating:


My dear friend and brother passed away last night. He had been ill for sometime but that does not make it any easier...

Posted by Fast Eddie Clarke Official on Thursday, November 12, 2015


Phil joined Motorhead in 1975 and quit in 1984. But, he rejoined again from 1987 to 1992. He played drums for the band’s debut album ‘On Parole’ and was featured on the further 10 albums including 1979’s ‘Bomber’, 1980’s ‘Ace of Spades’ and 1982’s ‘Iron Fist’. These records pushed Motorhead to become one of the most redefining British metal bands during the 80s. But, Phil was fired in 1992 when he failed to learn the drum track of their song: I Ain’t No Nice Guy. His last gig with Motorhead was at Irvine Meadows in March 1992.

Phil did return during the Motorhead reunion gig back in 2014, but he was seen briefly on the stage, not playing the drums.

A post on Motorhead’s Facebook page paid tribute to Taylor.

“Lil’ Philthy ... he who once shouted ‘stop wincing about’ on an album ... he who fuelled many a young boy’s punk/metal hairstyles ... he who played the drums with fury and intent ... he who liked to call people ‘wazzocks’ once in a while ... friend, Roman, Derbyshireman ... rest in peace ... with much love.”