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Thin Lizzy

Despite a huge hit single in the mid-'70s ("The Boys Are Back in Town") and becoming a popular act with hard rock/heavy metal fans, Thin Lizzy are still, in the pantheon of '70s rock bands, underappreciated. Formed in the late '60s by Irish singer/songwriter/bassist Phil Lynott, Lizzy, though not the first band to do so, combined romanticized working-class sentiments with their ferocious, twin-lead guitar attack. As the band's creative force, Lynott was a more insightful and intelligent writer than many of his ilk, preferring slice-of-life working-class dramas of love and hate influenced by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and virtually all of the Irish literary tradition. Also, as a black man, Lynott was an anomaly in the nearly all-white world of hard rock, and as such imbued much of his work with a sense of alienation; he was the outsider, the romantic guy from the other side of the tracks, a self-styled poet of the lovelorn and downtrodden. His sweeping vision and writerly impulses at times gave way to pretentious songs aspiring to clichéd notions of literary significance, but Lynott's limitless charisma made even the most misguided moments worth hearing.

After a few early records that hinted at the band's potential, Lizzy released Fighting in 1975, and the band (Lynott, guitarists Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham, and drummer Brian Downey) had molded itself into a pretty tight recording and performing unit. Lynott's thick, soulful vocals were the perfect vehicle for his tightly written melodic lines. Gorham and Robertson generally played lead lines in harmonic tandem, while Downey (a great drummer who had equal amounts of power and style) drove the engine. Lizzy's big break came with their next album, Jailbreak, and the record's first single, "The Boys Are Back in Town." A paean to the joys of working-class guys letting loose, the song resembled similar odes by Bruce Springsteen, with the exception of the Who-like power chords in the chorus. With the support of radio and every frat boy in America, "Boys" became a huge hit, enough of a hit as to ensure record contracts and media attention for the next decade ("Boys" is now used in beer advertising).

Never the toast of critics (the majority writing in the '70s hated hard rock and heavy metal), Lizzy toured relentlessly, building an unassailable reputation as a terrific live band, despite the lead guitar spot becoming a revolving door (Eric Bell, Gary Moore, Brian Robertson, Snowy White, and John Sykes all stood next to Scott Gorham). The records came fast and furious, and despite attempts to repeat the formula that worked like a charm with "Boys," Lynott began writing more ambitious songs and wrapping them up in vaguely articulated concept albums. The large fan base the band had built as a result of "Boys" turned into a smaller, yet still enthusiastic bunch of hard rockers. Adding insult to injury was the rise of punk rock, which Lynott vigorously supported, but made Lizzy look too traditional and too much like tired old rock stars.

By the mid-'80s, resembling the dinosaur that punk rock wanted to annihilate, Thin Lizzy called it a career. Lynott recorded solo records that more explicitly examined issues of class and race, published a now-out-of-print book of poetry, and sadly, became a victim of his longtime abuse of heroin, cocaine, and alcohol, dying in 1986 at age 35. Since the mega-popular alternative rock bands of the mid-'90s appropriated numerous musical messages from their '70s forebears, the work of Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy will hopefully continue to be seen for the influential rock & roll it is.

In 1999, Thin Lizzy reunited with a lineup featuring guitarists Scott Gorman and John Sykes, and keyboardist Darren Wharton, which was rounded out by a journeyman rhythm section of bassist Marco Mendoza and drummer Tommy Aldridge. The quintet's ensuing European tour produced the live album One Night Only, which was released in the summer of 2000 to set the stage for a subsequent American concert tour. ~ John Dougan
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Definitive Collection

1. Whiskey In The Jar

2. Rocker

3. Still In Love With You

4. Showdown

5. Wild One (live)

6. Jailbreak

7. Boys Are Back In Town

8. Cowboy Song

9. Don't Believe A Word

10. Bad Reputation

11. Dancing In The Moonlight (It's Caught Me In Its Spotlight)

12. Rosalie/Cowgirl's Song (Live)

13. Do Anything You Want To

14. Waiting For An Alibi

15. Chinatown

16. Dedication

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Track List: Dedication

1. Whiskey In The Jar

2. The Rocker

3. She Knows

4. Still In Love With You

5. Showdown

6. Rosalie

7. Wild One

8. Fighting My Way Back

9. Jailbreak

10. The Boys Are Back In Town

11. Cowboy Song

12. Don't Believe A Word

13. Bad Reputation

14. Dancin In The Moonlight

15. Do Anything You Want To

16. Waiting For An Alibi

17. Chinatown

18. Dedication (New Release)

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Track List: Renegade (Remastered)

1. Angel Of Death

2. Renegade

3. The Pressure Will Blow

4. Leave This Town

5. Hollywood (Down On Your Luck)

6. No One Told Him

7. Fats

8. Mexican Blood

9. It's Getting Dangerous

12. Hollywood (Down On Your Luck)

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Track List: Chinatown

1. We Will Be Strong

2. Chinatown

3. Sweetheart

4. Sugar Blues

5. Killer On The Loose

6. Having A Good Time

7. Genocide

8. Didn't I

9. Hey You

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Track List: Black Rose

2. Toughest Street In Town

3. S & M

4. Waiting For An Alibi

5. My Sarah

6. Got To Give It Up

7. Get Out Of Here

8. With Love

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Track List: Live And Dangerous (Live)

1. Jailbreak (Live)

2. Emerald (Live)

3. Southbound (Live)

4. Rosalie / Cowgirl's Song (Live)

5. Dancing In The Moonlight (It's Caught Me In It's Spotlight) (Live)

6. Massacre (Live)

7. Still In Love With You (Live)

8. Johnny The Fox Meets Jimmy The Weed (Live)

9. Cowboy Song (Live)

10. The Boys Are Back In Town (Live)

11. Don't Believe A Word (Live)

12. Warrior (Live)

13. Are You Ready (Live)

14. Suicide (Live)

15. Sha-la-la (Live)

16. Baby Drives Me Crazy (Live)

17. The Rocker (Live)

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Track List: Bad Reputation

1. Soldier Of Fortune

2. Bad Reputation

3. Opium Trail

4. South Bound

5. Dancing In The Moonlight

6. Killer Without A Cause

7. Downtown Sundown

8. That Woman's Gonna Break Your Heart

9. Dear Lord

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Track List: Johnny The Fox

1. Johnny

2. Rocky

3. Borderline

4. Don't Believe A Word

5. Fools Gold

6. Johnny The Fox Meets Jimmy The Weed

7. Old Flame

8. Massacre

9. Sweet Marie

10. Boogie Woogie Dance

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Track List: Jail Break

1. Jailbreak

2. Angel From The Coast

3. Running Back

4. Romeo And The Lonely Girl

5. Warriors

6. The Boys Are Back In Town

7. Fight Or Fall

8. Cowboy Song

9. Emerald

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Track List: Nightlife (Deluxe Expanded Edition)

Disc 1

1. She Knows

2. Night Life

3. It's Only Money

4. Still In Love With You

5. Frankie Carroll

6. Showdown

7. Banshee

8. Philomena

9. Sha-La-La

10. Dear Heart

Disc 2

1. She Knows (BBC Session)

2. Sha-La-La (BBC Session)

3. It's Only Money (BBC Session)

4. Philomena (BBC Session)

5. Dear Heart (BBC Session)

6. Banshee (BBC Session)

7. Showdown (Demo With Gary Moore)

8. Still In Love With You (Demo With Gary Moore)

9. It's Only Money (Demo With Gary Moore)

10. Showdown (Alternate Take)

11. Still In Love With You (Rough Vocal Mix)

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Track List: Vagabonds Of The Western World

1. Mama Nature Said

2. The Hero And The Madman

3. Slow Blues

4. The Rocker

5. Vagabond Of The Western World

6. Little Girl In Bloom

7. Gonna Creep Up On You

8. A Song For While I'm Away

9. Whisky In The Jar

10. Black Boys On The Corner

11. Randolph's Tango

12. Broken Dreams

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Track List: Shades Of A Blue Orphanage

1. The Rise And Dear Demise Of The Funky Nomadic Tribes

2. Buffalo Gal

3. I Don't Want To Forget How To Jive

4. Sarah (Version 1)

5. Brought Down

6. Baby Face

7. Chatting Today

8. Call The Police

9. Shades Of A Blue Orphanage

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Track List: Fighting (Deluxe Expanded Edition)

Disc 1

1. Rosalie

2. For Those Who Love To Live

3. Suicide

4. Wild One

5. Fighting My Way Back

6. King's Vengeance

7. Spirit Slips Away

8. Silver Dollar

9. Freedom Song

10. Ballad Of A Hard Man

Disc 2

1. Half Caste

2. Rosalie (US Album Mix)

3. Half Caste (BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session)

4. Rosalie (BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session)

5. Suicide (BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session)

6. Ballad Of The Hard Man (Instrumental Version)

7. Try A Little Harder (Alternate Vocal)

8. Fighting My Way Back (Rough Mix With Alternate Vocal)

9. Song For Jesse

10. Leaving Town (Instrumental Version)

11. Blues Boy

12. Leaving Town (Extended Take)

13. Spirit Slips Away (Extended Version Take 4)

14. Wild One (Instrumental Version)

15. Bryan's Funky Fazer (Silver Dollar)

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Track List: Thin Lizzy

1. The Friendly Ranger At Clontarf Castle

2. Honesty Is No Excuse

3. Diddy Levine

4. Raygun

5. Look What The Wind Blew In

6. Eire

7. Return Of The Farmer's Son

8. Clifton Grange Hotel

9. Saga Of The Ageing Orphan

10. Remembering Part 1

11. Dublin

12. Remembering Part 2 (New Day)

13. Old Moon Madness

14. Things Ain't Working Out Down At The Farm

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Track List: Thunder And Lightning

1. Thunder And Lightning

2. This Is The One

3. The Sun Goes Down

4. The Holy War

5. Cold Sweat

6. Someday She Is Going To Hit Back

7. Baby Please Don't Go

8. Bad Habits

9. Heart Attack

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Dancing in the moonlight... . so good!
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♧♧♧♧
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Chinatown. Great record. Rip Phil.
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F%$& , they were such a good band
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I work in an inner city store and whenever this song comes on every body, Latino, Black or White rocks to it.
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What a loss to the music world... Rock the heavens Phil !
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great write up...tragic ending to a productive life for Lynott
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Jailbreak is a very important album to all those old school metalheads like myself.
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The Boys Are Back In Town.
Woooooooo song



By Thin Lizzy
Woooooooo ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤✌✌✌
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I love this song
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The Warrior locked himself into his video scanner and gazed throughout the Universe...u n t i l he came upon Dimension 5
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Oh Hi Boys heeeeee Hey'a
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Oh Hi Boys
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Yes!!
Love me some
Thin Lizzy!!
Especially This JAM!!! What would Phil be shredding if he were still alive!?!!!
He was an icon.....
.....shootin g star.......
Taken way too soon!!
0;o/
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Hi Boys❤
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The Boys Back In Town again yo✈
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Let's Go Denver Broncos Winners ❤��❤��wooooo Yeeeeeeeeeee e e e e e e Haw'rawa
Boys❤
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Finally, got 2 hear me some mo Lizzy again..
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Guess who just back in town today.... love the music, gets your feet tapping.
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Still a adoring fan, among other great influences Phil and the boys will always be an inspiration to me..
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Frighteningl y good ...rip phil
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The boys are back
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God that sounds goooooood..
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PHIL

THE
Original Sin

He was SO hot,
Sultry& EXTREMELY talented!!


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OOPS
Halo slip!
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Roisin Dubh.
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LOVE ME SOME LIZZY. HAD THIS CD IN LAST COLLECTUON.
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Cu Chulainn.
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GUESS WHO'S BACK IN TOWN!!!!!!!!
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THE WINCHESTER BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN!!!!!!
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correction : Eric Bell never played along side Gorham , lizzy were 3 piece band with Downey and Phil and made 3 albums, Vagabonds of the Western World an absolute clasic
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Reminds me of cruising 4th Avenue in Yuma, Arizona in a VERY fast Malibu.
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Check out The Black Star Riders. Two great albums All Hells Breakin' Loose and The Killer Instinct .
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Jailbreak one of best albums ever
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Going Southbound.. . . . . . . M e e t Johnny the Fox.......Si m p l y Frinken Awesome Band....My all time favorite.... .
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Wow… I forgot about these guys! High school days well seems like eons ago… Well I was over three eons ago LOL

Great stuff

0;)
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Saw Thin Lizzy in Dallas Texas in 1974 what a great concert they rocked that night
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Black Star Riders
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Megadeth did a cool cover of Cold Sweat and Metallica did a god job with Whiskey but I love the Cowboy song, there is something about that tune that just works. Thin Lizzy had a very distinctive sound and style. I had never heard Whiskey in the Jar before Metallica covered it (believe it or not) but 5 seconds in, the first thing I thought of was Thin Lizzy. Thunder and Lightning was a great capper for a great career...the best stands the test of time and Lizzy still stands.
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milosdad
Whiskey in the Jar gets me every time. Love that song.
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still in love with you....
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Thin Lizzy , underrated classic rock band
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Ramport Studio.
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Unparalleled !
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the papers called it suicide... a bullet from a .45.......
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Mr. Phil Lynott a true Poet Laureate of Rock 'n' Roll!
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Dancin' in the moonlight... . . on this hot summer night.....
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I have more respect for this band after Gary Moore's stint as friend and player to Lynott. To damn many drugs and booze hurt too many people.
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Live and Dangerous is one of the most enduring and (the) best live album I have ever owned (and still have a vinyl copy of this double album). I never tire of listening to the music this great band created.
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Jailbreak and boys are back make me think of my school basketball team and going to state, such memories, and i listened to those songs every day there
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Tonight there's going to be a jailbreak!!!
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