Dolphin Taylor

Brian "Dolphin" Taylor (born 10 November 1958) is a British drummer.

Dolphin Taylor
Taylor performing in 1985.
Background information
Birth nameBrian Taylor
Also known asDolphin Taylor
Born (1958-11-10) 10 November 1958
GenresRock, punk rock
Associated actsTom Robinson Band (1976–1978)
Stiff Little Fingers (1982–1983, 1987–1996)
Spear of Destiny (1983-1986)

Tom Robinson Band

Taylor's first band was Dragon's Playground, which earlier had had Annie Lennox as a vocalist.[1] In 1976 Dragon's Playground appeared on ATV's New Faces.

His career with the Tom Robinson Band started when Taylor gave a friend a lift to an audition as bass guitarist for the Tom Robinson Band in 1976. As the band had no drummer at that point, Taylor (who was already a drummer) filled in. By the end of the evening, the band was still looking for a bass guitarist, but had found their drummer. He stayed for two years, eventually resigning in 1978.

Stiff Little Fingers

In 1982 he joined Stiff Little Fingers, playing on the £1.10 or less EP, and the Now Then... (1982) album, before the band split in 1983.

Spear of Destiny

In 1983 after the demise of SLF, Taylor become the occasional session drummer for producer Nick Tauber. Towards the end of 1983 through his work with Nick Tauber, he was introduced to and joined Spear of Destiny as their full-time drummer.[2] Dolphin became a part of The Engine Room, the Spear of Destiny rhythm section, along with bass player Stan Stammers. He left Spear of Destiny in 1986 after they were dropped by their record label CBS, and after the band went through a line-up change.

Stiff Little Fingers

In 1987 Taylor was asked to join the reformed SLF, with whom he stayed until 1996, playing on 1991's Flags and Emblems and 1994's Get a Life.


In 1997 he and one time SLF manager Russell Emanuel set up Extreme Music, a company that composes and sells production music.

See also

  • Category:Songs written by Dolphin Taylor


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 February 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. Thompson, Dave. "Biography: Spear of Destiny". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 May 2010.
Preceded by
Jim Reilly
Drummer for Stiff Little Fingers
Succeeded by
Group Disbanded
Preceded by
group inactive
Drummer for Stiff Little Fingers
Succeeded by
Steve Grantley
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