Phil Daniels & The Cross

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Daniels (b. 25 October 1958, London, England), a graduate of London’s Anna Scher Theatre School and a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, had flirted with pop as part of Renoir. Following his involvement…
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Daniels (b. 25 October 1958, London, England), a graduate of London’s Anna Scher Theatre School and a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, had flirted with pop as part of Renoir. Following his involvement in the Mod blockbuster Quadrophenia, the persona of Jimmy the Mod was launched into the rock world with the aid of Peter Hugo-Daly (keyboards), Barry Neil (bass) and John McWilliams (drums), Daniels himself handling both vocal and guitar duties. A solitary album on RCA Records was released, but sales were minimal, despite full-page advertisements in the music press, a charitable reaction from some critics and a concert itinerary centred on the metropolis. Daniels returned to stage, television and film work, notably satirizing the music industry in Hazel O’Connor’s Breaking Glass. In 1994 he was to be found singing in a new West End production of Carousel, while also being celebrated as a cult icon of the 70s and 80s (being featured on the cover of the hip dance compilation The Junior Boy’s Own Collection). His vocals on the title track to Blur’s Parklife (1994) gave him further exposure.