Phil Taylor, Early Drummer for Motörhead

“Overkill” Live, 1979

One of my motivations in starting this blog was to challenge myself to listen to music I wouldn’t normally listen to, and metal definitely fits that category. I’m aware of some band names and musicians, but only in a gossipy, “Behind The Music” kind of way.

“Ace of Spades” Live, 1981

So now I am listening to metal in appreciation of the drumming of Phil Taylor of Motörhead. Watching him play in the video of “Overkill,” I can appreciate the appeal, especially when I channel my inner-teenager. All the pent-up anger, frustration, rebellion and energy I felt at that age gets released in a fury of double-bass kick-pounding and drumhead bashing.

“Philthy Animal” Taylor

Taylor (September 21, 1954-November 11, 2015) was an on-again, off-again drummer for the band, playing from 1975 to 1984 and returning from 1987-1992. He influenced metal drummers to come, including Lars Ulrich of Metallica, and helped lay the foundation for the subgenre thrash metal through his hyper-fast playing.