Phil Taylor (musician)

English rock drummer

Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor (21 September 1954 – 11 November 2015) was a English rock drummer in the British heavy metal band Motörhead from 1975–1984 and 1987-1992 recording ten studio albums and the live album No Sleep 'til Hammersmith. The classic mark IV Motörhead line-up consisted of Lemmy, Philthy Animal Taylor and Fast Eddie Clarke.

Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor
Phil Taylor (1982).jpg
Phil Taylor in 1982
Background information
Birth namePhil Taylor
Also known as"Philthy Animal", "Philthy Phil"
Born(1954-09-21)21 September 1954
Hasland, Chesterfield, England
Died11 November 2015(2015-11-11) (aged 61)
GenresHeavy metal, speed metal, hard rock
Years active1975–2015
Associated actsMotörhead, Waysted

Taylor died in London of liver failure on 11 November 2015 at the age of 61.[1]



Other recordingsEdit

  • The Muggers (album) The Muggers Tapes Live recording from a brief spell of about 4 gigs Phil drummed with Fast Eddie Clarke on guitar, John 'Speedy' Keen, also on guitar, and Billy Wrath on bass. The album was released as a 'bonus' to a 'Best of Motorhead' release.
  • Philthy Phil & Fast Eddie (album) Naughty Old Santa's Christmas Classics (1989)
  • GMT One By One 12" single (1989)
  • GMT War Games CD release of same tracks + one other (1991)
  • The Deviants Have Left The Planet (album) drummed with Ladbroke Grove pals Mick Farren on vocals, Larry Wallis on guitar, etc. (1999)
  • Sheep In Wolves' Clothing Motorheadbangers fan club tribute CD. The Deviants Mick Farren vocals, Andy Colquhoun, guitar, David Ito, bass and Philthy, drums; re-recorded the Motorhead / Farren song 'Lost Johnny' for the CD - released 7 April 2008.

Other appearancesEdit

  • Taylor appears, dressed in drag, part way through the Girlschool promotional video for their song "Yeah, Right".[2]
  • Classic Albums - Ace Of Spades DVD. Taylor is in interview and playing drums on several of the Ace Of Spades albums classic tracks.


  1. "Former MotÖrhead Drummer Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor Dies At 61". Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  2. Girlschool Promo video from Bronze Rocks at YouTube video

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