Phil King (musician)

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Phil King
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Phil King Live
Background information
Birth name Philip King
Born (1960-04-29) 29 April 1960 (age 56)
London, England
Genres Rock
Alternative rock
Noise pop
Instruments Bass
Associated acts Lush
The Jesus and Mary Chain

Phil King (born Philip King, 29 April 1960, London, England) is an English musician perhaps best known for being the bassist of Lush.[1][1] Since 2007, he has been the touring bass player for The Jesus and Mary Chain having previously toured with the group from 1997 to 1998.


In 1992, King replaced Lush bassist, Steve Rippon, before the release of Lush's first proper album, Spooky.[1] In a 2008 interview with Von Pip Musical Express, King recalled how he joined Lush: "Miki called me up at work. I was a picture researcher at the NME at the time. I remember having read in the paper the story that Steve was leaving. We arranged to meet up in the not-that-famous-at-the-time pre-Britpop "The Good Mixer" in Camden Town. I lived just round the corner... We of course all got very drunk ...and I was in the band".[2] He adds, "It was a bit of an eyebrow raiser – but also a bit of a relief really – that they didn't even want me to do an audition. In retrospect it made sense, as the most important thing when you're stuck together with someone 16 hours a day is that you get on pretty well".[2]

Lush was added to the Lollapalooza roster in 1992 by its organizer, Perry Farrell, the Jane's Addiction/Porno for Pyros frontman, who personally requested them for his new tour program.[1] King said, "touring America that year was the most amazing thing for me. We had a tour bus, great audiences, and drove the length and breadth of the country".[2] The 1992 Lollapalooza tour also featured The Jesus And Mary Chain. King was with Lush until they officially announced their breakup on 23 February 1997.[1]

After Lush, King stated, "I did do a bit of office work here and there – Q, Vox, NME – and was even a film extra for a short period of time".[2] "I got a call from the NME saying did I want to come into their nice warm offices and work on the gig guide I jumped at the chance. It was while I was there that The Jesus And Mary Chain's management rang asking if I wanted to play bass for them. I turned it down the first time, so disillusioned was I with the music industry; but then thought, "Don't be stupid, it's the Jesus And Mary Chain!" and called back".[2]

From 1997 to 1998, King toured as bassist for the The Jesus And Mary Chain.[3]

He has also played with Felt, See See Rider, Biff Bang Pow!, Apple Boutique, The Servants, Welfare Heroine, John's Children, John Howard, Brett Smiley, Jackie DeShannon, and Hangman's Beautiful Daughters.

King played drums in Primal Scream's 1987 music video for "Gentle Tuesday", the opening track of the group's 1987 album entitled Sonic Flower Groove.[citation needed]

In 2007, King rejoined The Jesus And Mary Chain as bassist. As of 2013, he also plays bass in The Fallen Leaves and guitar with Jim Reid. Additionally, King freelances as a picture researcher at Uncut magazine having been a former researcher for NME before joining Lush in 1992.[1][2][3]