Phil is a former NME photographer and associate editor, who has played bass and guitar with The Servants, Felt, Biff Bang Pow!, Apple Boutique, and See See Rider. When original bassist Steve Rippon left the band, Phil took his place for the band in 1992 before Lush's Split album was released.
Phil joined just in time for the legendary Lollapalozza tour, which he kept a short journal of. Phil graciously shares this along with his own photos at Light from a Dead Star's LUSH Remembered - Phil's Reminiscences.
Phil playing in Hamburg, 1994 - photo courtesy Cord Walter
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." "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".
Phil is currently freelancing as a picture researcher at Uncut magazine, returning to his roots before joining Lush and continues as part of The Jesus and Mary Chain's current lineup.
Phil has continued to show his musical proficiency through the many gigss he's been associated with. He also currently plays bass in the bands The Fallen Leaves, with Robert Symmons (ex Subway Sect) and, sometimes, Paul Cook (ex Sex Pistols) and Les Hommes Responsables and plays guitar with Jim Reid. King played the drums in Primal Scream's "Gentle Tuesday" music video.
And as bandmates Emma and Miki have since the breakup, Phil has also found home life and the rewards of being a parent. Cheers Phil!