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Phil Allcock

Instruments played:

  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Keyboards
  • Voice

Many people in British filk will telll you everything is Phil's fault. Possibly even most people. (And a certain few in Canada for good measure). But this simply isn't true. It's all Mike's fault. If he hadn't written the songs, I wouldn't have filked them: we wouldn't have started playing together and become good friends: we wouldn't have put together a 'rock filk' set: and thus wouldn't eventually have created Phoenix.

Why did I buy my first electric guitar? Because Mike said "You ought to get an electric guitar if we're going to do rock filk properly." And how long was it from this statement till we were in a music shop in Peterborough? Anout 20 minutes, I'd say. And how much longer until I'd bought one? (A guitar, not a music shop, that is.) Maybe another hour - testing out guitars takes time after all. And whose Telecaster was my guitar exactly the same as? Guess...

And who caused me to subsequently buy a 'flashier' rock guitar? (And then bought one himself.) And a bigger amplifier? (And then bought one himself.) And a metallizer pedal? (And then went out and bought an entire new pedal board.) You guessed it...

And who said "We need a drummer for this band - can Lissa learn drums?" and thus turned my wife into a drummer? I can't remember actually, but it was probably Mike and that's good enough for me!

What the rest of Phoenix thinks:

  • Mike: Ol' redeyes is back again, I see. There is something about Philip and flashguns. Curiously, there's also something about Phil and garlic, and sunlight.
  • Annie: What can I say that hasn't already been said? He apparently plays basketball in the bath, does a great Russian accent and can misinterpret a shopping list. Also plays great rhythm guitar.
  • Tim: Punster extraordinaire. Once he's on a roll there's NO way to stop him (or at least we haven't found one yet) - except maybe asking him to demo the latest verion of Doom/Dungeon Keeper/Monkey Island/Sim City/Tomb Raider ... it works for hours!
  • Anne: Why is it that all Mike's serious songs take on a completely new slant once Phil has got near them? I used to live with him - caused endless confusion to all except Mike, Phil and me: especially our solicitor who thought that two people who had such different views couldn't possibly live together. And he peels potatoes.
  • Lissa: It's all his fault I'm in filk, let alone a band. He's silly, funny, generally entertaining in lots of ways, as well as wonderfully talented and warped. But I'm biased...

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