Anybody who has ever played in a band with me knows, that when I first sit behind the kit, the first fucking thing I play, the song that I warm up my broken down, dying legs, and my battle scarred feet with, is the Motörhead classic Overkill. What a fucking song!! The thunderous double kick drum work of Mr. Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor on that song is one that still makes me go 'Wow' each and every time I hear it, and I definitely feel the burn each and every time I play it. It's Tribal. It's Brutal. It's all encompassing. It's the stuff that has influenced millions of Drummers around the world to try to play like that, to ride that riff, to emulate, and that's just one of the many wonderful ways that Motörhead and, in effect, Philthy Animal Taylor, have changed the world for the better. What a Legacy. I, like everybody else, have a few "I met Philthy Animal from Motörhead" stories, but they're just as boring as everybody elses story. I've seen Motörhead more times than I can even remember, and standing there watching him play, laughing my ass off at just how ridiculously easy he made it look, powering through all those classic Motörhead songs one right after the other, with a mouth full of gum to keep his tweeking jaws active, was truly one of the greatest things I'll have ever seen in my miserable Life. The man lived large, like a Warrior, and I don't even feel sad, really, but more like, I feel like standing up and giving applause, saying 'Well done! What a Life! You've earned your rest lad. All Joy in the world belongs to you now. Enjoy.' What a fucking great Life led. If anyone can say that they did it all, and that they did it their way, it's fucking Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor of Motörhead. Did it all, and had one Hell of a time while doing so. Gawd damn. I'm feeling my mortality today. I'm gonna go cue up some classic Motörhead, to be played at a sickly loud volume, and sit behind my kit and proceed to bash the living fuck out of it to every Motörhead song that I know, doing it until my fingers bleed, doing it until I can't no more, doing it because Philthy Phil would of wanted it that way. The man truly was an animal on the drums. Someone cue up Overkill. I feel the need to Rage. :-)
R.I.P. Rock In Peace Philthy Phil. God bless you for everything you gave to Punk and Metal music. You will DEFINITELY never be forgotten. Salute!