Having followed Hawkwind, Lemmy’s statement on leaving the band to form Motörhead, “If we moved in next door to you, your lawn would die” warmed you to his sense of humour and might have been realized best by original drummer Lucas Fox’s replacement, Phil “Filthy Animal” Taylor. He played with Motörhead during their most successful period from 1975-1984 leaving but returning for a second spell between 1987-1992. Original guitarist ex Pink Fairies, Larry Wallis was also replaced by “Fast” Eddie Clarke securing the classic Motörhead, line up.
The classically titled, No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith (1981) hit the No.1 spot and perhaps their most popular song, Ace Of Spades (1980) is a memorable slice of Thrash Rock with relentless drumming that Taylor was famous for. Taylor was the missing link between Keith Moon and Punk Rock, a hard drinking Rock drummer that was doomed to die of liver failure, missing the final session to replace Lucas Fox’s drum tracks on the band ‘s debut release under arrest for being drunk and disorderly.
Relentless beats, double bass drum, his thunderous chunky drumming was like an artcualted truck careering towards the audience from the back of the stage. Influential and truly missed from the halls of R’n’R legend. RIP Phil “Filthy Animal” Taylor condolences to friends and family.