His website was modestly subtitled “Music & Mayhem” – and when you watch our interview with the late great Phil Spalding from Terminal Studios in Bermondsey, London – you’ll know why!
And if you’ve been listening to pop music on purpose or by accident, chances are you’ve heard Phil Spalding. A chameleonic player, composer, writer, and clinician, Mr. Spalding was that rare bassist who served a multitude of genres with authenticity and a sense of “joie de vivre.”
A groove and melodic master whose expertise extends to the stage and the studio Phil’s credits are astounding: Seal, Sir Mick, Sir Elton, Terence Trent D’Arby, Joe Cocker, Toyah, Mike Oldfield, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Right Said Fred (“I’m Too Sexy”), Matthew Sweet, Bernie Torme, GTR with Steve Howe, Steve Hackett; Original Mirrors, Jewly Perso, Ray Charles, and if I keep dropping names I’ll break the internet….
Phil Spalding’s Know Your Bass Player Essay “The Journey” https://knowyourbassplayer.com/2022/06/30/phil-spalding-the-journey
Phil Spalding Sound & Vision…
Toyah in 1981: https://youtu.be/HWJWRbkGZBQ
Right Said Fred: https://youtu.be/P5mtclwloEQ
Original Mirrors “Boys Cry” https://youtu.be/XriIplP_-uE
Robbie Williams “Me and My Monkey” https://youtu.be/sY8LWPyOMpU
Mike Oldfield https://youtu.be/x5wP4SDYgro
Live with GTR from ‘86 https://youtu.be/qOujKHcwAW4
Phil and P.S.O. remake remodel of Mike Oldfield’s “Moonlight Shadow” https://youtu.be/Go-epkDEkvo
Phil Spalding Know Your Bass Player Interviews: