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There is more than one artist by the name of Phil Campbell, including:
1) a Scottish singer-songwriter and lead singer of the bands White Buffalo and The Temperance Movement
2) the lead guitarist since 1984 of the British heavy metal band Motörhead

1) Phil Campbell is a Scottish singer-songwriter. Born in Scotland and into a family of lay preachers (his father) and hymn writers (his grandparents), Campbell soaked up the religious ether of this existence and then ignored it as best he could. He initially made something of a splash in the mid-1990s when he stood out amongst the more itinerant Glaswegian flotsam and jetsam and signed a development deal with WEA aged just 18. He followed this by signing to EMI and recording his debut album ‘Fresh New Life’ before he had turned 20. Campbell then fell out with EMI, blew his advance on drugs and friends (in that order) and then fell on his feet quick enough to get a cute scar on his left cheek and a bunch of songs that tell the whole sordid tale.

‘After The Garden’ (2008), ‘Daddy’s Table’ (2009) and most recently ‘Saviour’s Song’ (2010) are a beautiful collection of albums which live up to the promise Campbell showed us all those years ago. Campbell’s own uneasy listening includes Tom Waits, Elliot Smith, Neil Young, anything from Exile On Main Street and Sticky Fingers (you should hear Campbell’s piano version of Gimme Shelter - it’s enough to make you wonder whether you’re allowed to witness something this brittle), and anything by Bob Dylan.


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  • SexiiSnoweh

    ♥ totally loving *daddy's table* ♥ wrecking ball nights, gone, cried some diamonds, my wee soul, ooft i love 'em all .... kwam ♥ =]

    30 Sep 2009 Reply

    New song up on Myspace!

    27 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Redhouse7

    Guess I should post a link...

    15 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Redhouse7

    Just went to Phil's Myspace and heard a song that was just recorded by him this past week... go check it out it's called "Bright Young Star" It's a lot different than the album but I LOVE it, what do you think??

    15 Jul 2008 Reply
  • mikem1986

    I saw hime a couple of years ago supporting Sandi Thom (dont ask) lol

    18 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Redhouse7

    I agree absolutely comes straight from the heart. I love it.

    17 May 2008 Reply
  • jasonsilver

    Hey, you might like Jason Silver-- piano and vocals, very simple, understated.

    13 May 2008 Reply
  • pologeezer

    10 years?!?!?!?!? - What was that album called?!?!?!

    5 Aug 2007 Reply
  • Yvash

    Wow... it's been 10 years since I bought Phil's first album and watched him disappear into the ether and wondered how such a great talent could be so unfairly ignored. I really hoped he hadn't given up the music. Guess a decade's enough for him to work up the fight again. Given the current music climate favouring singer/songwriters like Ray LaMontagne and Damien Rice, maybe he's got a chance now.

    4 May 2007 Reply
  • motionpicture

    + is it just me or is the panning on Isn't She Beautiful REALLY strange

    23 Apr 2007 Reply
  • motionpicture

    I got his album after seeing an advert in MOJO so I'm really surprised at the fact that he only has 100 odd listeners..

    23 Apr 2007 Reply
  • multiverse

    Great Singer/songwriter. Very unnoticed.

    12 Nov 2006 Reply

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