One of Phil’s iconic shots, as he reveals the inner workings of this shoot with the Chilis from nearly 32 years ago.
<<London, 22 February 1988; this was for Melody Maker. I headed down to Hammersmith to meet the Chilis and had heard about them whipping off their kit on stage...so, at The Clarendon Ballroom where they were playing that night, we met backstage.....the words, 'Might you take your shirts off?', had barely left my mouth when they were topless. I shot two rolls of film just using the fluorescent tube in the ceiling as my light source. I based this set-up on a kind of mock crucifixion, nothing blasphemous intended, it just suited the moment and I felt as if I'd set them up for a still life...which then took on a life of its own. There are 72 lively frames, all different, a collection of arm-flinging and gurning. They were an absolute delight as a photo subject and I never tire of looking at this session. Sadly, Chili's founding guitarist, Hillel Slovak died just 4 months after our shoot. Tragic stuff. >>