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(We Are) The Road Crew
by Motorhead, feat. Phil Taylor, drums
Phil Taylor (1954 to 2015) was an English 'rock' drummer, with 'Motorhead'. Philip Taylor was born on September 21st 1954 in Hasland, Chesterfield, England. He replaced Motorhead's first drummer, Lucas Fox, during the recording of their "On Parole" debut in 1975. Nicknamed 'Philthy', he then introduced the band to 'Fast' Eddie Clarke, having worked with him while painting a houseboat. In 1978, he and two of the band interrupted one of the Chiswick album sessions by 'The Damned', turning it into a recorded 'jam session'. One track from this – "Ballroom Blitz" – appeared as the B-side of "I Just Can't Be Happy Today". Shortly after recording the classic "Ace of Spades" album in 1980, Taylor broke his neck after being lifted high in a test of strength, only to be dropped on his head. However, he continued to play in the group with the aid of a neck brace, but always had a prominent lump on the back of his neck as a result. He had previously broken his hand whilst punching a man outside his flat in London. After a 'final' appearance on the BBC TV comedy programme "The Young Ones" in 1984, Taylor left 'Motorhead'. The following year, he made appearances with 'Waysted', and joined another ex-'Motorhead' man, Brian Robertson (also with 'Thin Lizzy'), to form the band 'Operator'. Then, in 1986, he was part of Frankie Miller's touring band. He returned to Motorhead in 1987, but was sacked after recording "I Ain't No Nice Guy", because of his poor performance. Taylor collaborated with many more musicians throughout the rest of his life, including Whitey Kirst, Max Noce, Todd Youth, Phil Caivano, Corey Parks, Chris Holmes and the American 'thrash metal' band 'Overkill'. Phil Taylor died in London on November 11th 2015 at the age of 61, after being ill for some time. http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/former-motorhead-drummer-phil-philthy-animal-taylor-dies-at-61/
1954 - 2015 - United Kingdom
Posted: 27th November 2015
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† REST IN PEACE †
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away every year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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