Phil Spalding (Seal, The Who, Mike Oldfield, Toyah, Right Said Fred)

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”


Phil Spalding Sound & Vision…


Toyah in 1981:


Right Said Fred:


Original Mirrors “Boys Cry”


Robbie Williams “Me and My Monkey”


Mike Oldfield


Live with GTR from ‘86


Phil and P.S.O. remake remodel of Mike Oldfield’s “Moonlight Shadow”


Phil Spalding Know Your Bass Player Interviews: