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Phil Thornalley
Background information
Birth name Philip Carden Thornalley
Born 5 January 1960, UK
Occupation Record Producer, mixer, songwriter, musician
Years active 1980s-present
Associated acts Duran Duran
Natalie Imbruglia
Record Producer

Phil Thornalley (born 5 January 1960) is a British record producer, mixer, songwriter and musician, who has worked on album by artists including Duran Duran.


In 1978 Phil started working in the music business as an assistant at RAK studios in London. Placing mics and operating the tape machine for The Jam, Paul McCartney’s Wings and British post-punk bands. His boss was record producer Mickie Most, who's credits include Hot Chocolate, The Animals, Jeff Beck and Kim Wilde.

He graduated to recording engineer and worked with two more successful producers, Steve Lillywhite (U2) and Alex Sadkin (Bob Marley, Duran Duran). From 1980 he started producing, beginning with The Cure ("Pornography", "Love Cats") and then becoming a mixer for hire working on albums for Sting, XTC and Duran Duran's Seven and the Ragged Tiger. In the early 1980s Phil also joined The Cure as bass player and performed with the band on shows around the world.

During his studio years Phil would stay ‘after hours’ to record his own songs, eventually making a solo album (Swamp 1988) and also recording an album with the group Johnny Hates Jazz. Phil later wrote "Torn" with Anne Previn and Scott Cutler, which he produced for Natalie Imbruglia on her Left of Middle album that sold 9 million copies.

Recently he has enjoyed three UK no.1 hit singles, "Mama Do", "Boys & Girls" and "Cry Me Out" with the Pixie Lott. Other work include writting for the London West End stage show Dreamboats And Petticoats, plus TV commercials for Peugot and Dreams Beds.

A selection of credits[]

  • Back to the Egg - Wings (Tape Op)
  • All Mod Cons - The Jam (Tape Op)
  • Seven and the Ragged Tiger - Duran Duran (Mixing)
  • Souls For Sale - Verbena (Mixing)
  • "The Way You Make Me Feel" - Ronan Keating (Writer, Producer)
  • "Not Romeo Not Juliet" - Bryan Adams (Writer, Producer)