Slayer, Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth and scores other bands owe a huge debt to the drummer. Above: Taylor (L), clearly under the gun.
By Blurt Staff
Phil Taylor, aka Philthy Animal, aka just plane “Philthy,” passed away yesterday (Oct. 12) at the age of 61. The cause of death has not been announced, although it’s known that “he had been ill for sometime,” according to metal site Blabbermouth.net. Taylor, of course, was Motorhead’s drummer from 1975 to 1984 and from 1987 to 1992, in particular appearing on 1980’s M-head classic Ace of Spades. In fact, last year Taylor and another ex-Motorhead member, “Fast” Eddie Clarke, had a one-night reunion with Lemmy at the Nov. 6 Birmingham, England, show, doing the song “Ace of Spades.”
Clarke posted online yesterday about Taylor, writing, “My dear friend and brother passed away last night. He had been ill for sometime but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes. I have known Phil since he was 21 and he was one hell of a character. Fortunately, we made some fantastic music together and I have many many fond memories of our time together. Rest in peace, Phil!”
The Guardian has paid tribute to Taylor, suggesting that without his pioneering kickdrum style, thrash metal might never have come to be: “It was Taylor’s double time kick-drum pattern. When the song “Overkill” was released in 1979 – it came out as a single on 10 March 1979, a fortnight before the album of the same name – it was a lightbulb moment for a score of young metalheads and musicians.T he double kick drum was what gave thrash its intensity, its relentlessness: it was what makes thrash sound like the end of the world, rather than merely a riot… Lemmy has always said he was just playing rock’n’roll. It was Taylor who took it over the top and made it thrash.”