Philip King

Born 28 April 1960.

UK bassist for Lush/Jesus and Mary Chain


Phil King (born Philip King, 28 April 1960, London, England, UK) is an English musician perhaps best known for being the former bassist of Lush. Since 2007, he has been the permanent 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 second album ironically entitled Split. 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". 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".

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