History Music / ThinLizzy

30th Nov '16 7:52:27 PM SnakeRambo
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When he joined the band in 1974, the original guitarist Eric Bell had been and gone, recording the hit single "Whiskey in the Jar", Thin Lizzy's first major success. Joining Scott in the other guitar role was Glaswiegan Brian Robertson, a hot-headed Scottish guitar prodigy, and between them they developed the ground-breaking distinctive twin lead guitar attack which characterizes Thin Lizzy's sound.

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When he joined the band in 1974, the original guitarist Eric Bell had been and gone, recording the hit single "Whiskey in the Jar", Thin Lizzy's first major success. Joining Scott in the other guitar role was Glaswiegan Glaswegian Brian Robertson, a hot-headed Scottish guitar prodigy, and between them they developed the ground-breaking distinctive twin lead guitar attack which characterizes Thin Lizzy's sound.
12th Nov '16 2:56:23 PM onionmaster
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* RearrangeTheSong: The group wrote a blues song called "Suicide" in the Eric Bell era, between their second and third albums, Shades Of A Blue Orphanage and Vagabonds Of The Western World. Aside from a few radio sessions and live recordings from 1972-1973, the band seemed to have all given up on the song. However, during the Fighting sessions in 1975, the song was resurrected, and Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson came up with a new, galloping bridge that was deemed so good the song made it onto the album.
8th Nov '16 1:18:20 AM 06tele
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** "Killer on the Loose" contains the line "Standing in the shadows of love", which was a 1966 hit for The Four Tops.
8th Nov '16 1:07:13 AM 06tele
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* BlatantLies: "Killer on the Loose", a song sung from the point of view of a serial killer of women, contains the lines "Now I'm not trying to be nasty / And I'm not trying to make you scared..."


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* ParentalLoveSong: "Philomena", Phil's song about how much he loves his mom.
5th Nov '16 4:28:43 PM R3tr0r0ck3r
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** Some people consider ''Nightlife'' have quite a lot of filler, especially the second side.

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** Some people consider ''Nightlife'' have quite a lot of filler, especially is very eclectic in its production and therefore filler tracks abound depending on the second side.preferred taste of the listener.
5th Nov '16 4:27:35 PM R3tr0r0ck3r
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** "Black Rose" has one too.

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** "Black Rose" has one too.features several call-and-response sections between the guitars, but they are simply repeating each other.
5th Nov '16 4:25:34 PM R3tr0r0ck3r
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* DarkerAndEdgier: Johnny The Fox was considerably angrier and heavier than their previous albums - the main reason was that Phil was ill at the time he wrote it and therefore not in the best of minds.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Johnny ''Johnny The Fox Fox'' was considerably considered at the time to be angrier and heavier than their previous albums album - the main reason typical sophomore album effect due to the success of ''Jailbreak'' - the reasoning was that Phil was ill at the time he wrote it and therefore not in the best of minds.minds.
** This is much more evident on the eighties albums ''Chinatown'' and ''Thunder And Lightning''.



* DrunkWithPower: The story of "Watch out for the Danger".

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* DrunkWithPower: The story of "Watch out for the Danger"."It's Getting Dangerous".



* GenreRoulette: They were rooted in hard rock, folk and ballads, and their albums always featured a mixture. Their second album ''Shades Of A Blue Orphanage'' is somewhat jarring in how it seems to have done this deliberately.

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* GenreRoulette: They were rooted in hard rock, folk and ballads, and their albums always featured a mixture. Their second album albums ''Shades Of A Blue Orphanage'' is somewhat jarring in how it seems to have done this deliberately.and ''Nightlife'' are the most overt examples, The former having the tracklist of:



* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: On which they move about quite wildly, around the 3-to-6 marks -- although they mainly stay at a standard 4 or 5. They were around an 8 back in the [='70s=], however.

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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: On which they move about quite wildly, around the 3-to-6 marks -- although they mainly stay at a standard 4 or 5. They were around an thought of as 8 back in the [='70s=], however.



** "S&M" tries to be this about BDSM, but it makes the male protagonist a violent sleazebag who gets aroused by sexual violence, so it's a CluelessAesop.

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** "S&M" tries to be this about BDSM, but it makes the male protagonist a violent sleazebag who gets aroused by sexual violence, so it's either a CluelessAesop.CluelessAesop or just stealth satire.



** ''Thunder and Lightning'' is Lizzy trying to be a conventional heavy metal band.

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** ''Thunder and Lightning'' is Lizzy trying to be a conventional Eighties heavy metal band.



** Add "That's Fats", a hommage to jazzer Fats Waller. (Not Domino!) Also contains a TakeThat to UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud, who (allegedly) is the only one who doesn't like Fats.

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** Add "That's Fats", "Fats", a hommage homage to jazzer legendary jazz musician Fats Waller. (Not Domino!) Fats Domino) Also contains a TakeThat to UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud, who (allegedly) is the only one who doesn't like Fats.



** Towards the end of their existence, the band briefly featured Midge Ure, first on guitar, then later on keyboards. He played with the band live, as well as played on and co-wrote a handful of recordings. He would soon after join Ultravox as their new vocalist (including their biggest hit Vienna) and also co-organised Live Aid with Bob Geldof.

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** Towards the end of their existence, the band briefly featured Midge Ure, first on guitar, then later on keyboards. He played with the band live, as well as played on and co-wrote a handful of recordings. He would soon after join Ultravox as their new vocalist (including their biggest hit Vienna) and also co-organised Live Aid with Bob Geldof.Geldof- to which Thin Lizzy weren't invited, much to Lynotts disappointment.



* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Phil sings "Philomena" in an exaggerated Irish accent, as the song was written for his mother who was Irish. This qualifies because the accent he uses in the song sounds nothing like his normal singing voice, and it's nothing like his speaking voice either. In a strange subversion, this song is otherwise the most melodic and Lizzy-like track on the album, which meant it was released as a single. It flopped, otherwise people might have bought the album confused that the accent was different.
* WordSaladLyrics: Subverted in the last few verses of "Black Rose", which sound like Phil is just rambling on nonsensically unless you realise that he's delivering multiple ShoutOuts to a bunch of famous Irish writers (as well as one musician and a footballer.)

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* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Phil sings "Philomena" in an exaggerated version of his native Irish accent, as the song was written for his mother who was mother, also Irish. This qualifies because the accent he uses in the song sounds nothing like his normal singing voice, and it's nothing like his speaking voice either. In a strange subversion, this song is otherwise the most melodic and Lizzy-like track on the album, which meant it was released as a single. It single; it flopped, otherwise but if it hadn't, people might have bought the album and been confused that the accent was different.
* WordSaladLyrics: Subverted in the last few verses of "Black Rose", which sound like Phil is just rambling on nonsensically unless you realise the random phrases that he's delivering are sung are in fact multiple ShoutOuts to a bunch of famous Irish writers (as figures (mostly writers, as well as one musician and a footballer.)footballer).
5th Nov '16 4:05:48 PM R3tr0r0ck3r
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Thin Lizzy was a unique combination of hard rocking songs about fighting & cool characters, epic guitar parts & harmonies, and sensitive, thoughtful and wide-ranging songwriting. Thin Lizzy are unfortunately still under-appreciated and lesser known compared to their world-famous '70's and '80's contemporaries (they're still mainly only known for two songs, "Whiskey In The Jar" and "The Boys Are Back In Town"), but in their heyday they developed a reputation for being one of the best live bands in the world and once played to a gigantic crowd on the steps of the Sydney Opera House; their LiveAlbum ''Live And Dangerous'' is widely regarded as one of the best live albums ever recorded.[[labelnote:*]]Despite the long-running controversy over just how "live" the album is - see LoopingLines below. [[/labelnote]] They were also one of the few '70's rock bands who weren't dismissed PunkRock bands; the punks appreciated Lizzy's directness and grit.

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Thin Lizzy was a unique combination of hard rocking songs about fighting & cool characters, epic guitar parts & harmonies, and sensitive, thoughtful and wide-ranging songwriting. Thin Lizzy are unfortunately still under-appreciated and lesser known compared to their world-famous '70's and '80's contemporaries (they're still mainly only known for two songs, "Whiskey In The Jar" and "The Boys Are Back In Town"), but in their heyday they developed a reputation for being one of the best live bands in the world and once played to a gigantic crowd on the steps of the Sydney Opera House; their LiveAlbum ''Live And Dangerous'' is widely regarded as one of the best live albums ever recorded.[[labelnote:*]]Despite the long-running controversy over just how "live" the album is - see LoopingLines below. [[/labelnote]] They were also one of the few '70's rock bands who weren't dismissed by PunkRock bands; the punks appreciated Lizzy's directness and grit.
1st Nov '16 2:55:47 AM 06tele
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They finally found international recognition with 1976's Jailbreak, and Thin Lizzy's other hit, "The Boys Are Back In Town". The band led a career that lasted until 1983, when the band split, and all hopes of recording more original material were tragically crushed forever when Phil Lynott died in 1986, aged just 36. The band regrouped in 1996 without Lynott but are essentially now just a live tribute to his life and work with no new material recorded or released.

Thin Lizzy was a unique combination of hard rocking songs about fighting & cool characters, epic guitar parts & harmonies, and sensitive, thoughtful and wide-ranging songwriting. Thin Lizzy are unfortunately still under-appreciated and lesser known compared to their world-famous '70's and '80's contemporaries (they're still mainly only known for two songs, "Whiskey In The Jar" and "The Boys Are Back In Town"), but in their heyday they developed a reputation for being one of the best live bands in the world and once played to a gigantic crowd on the steps of the Sydney Opera House; their LiveAlbum "Live And Dangerous" is widely regarded as one of the best live albums ever recorded.[[labelnote:*]]Despite the long-running controversy over just how "live" the song is - various people involved in the production claim wildly different proportions were overdubbed in the studio [[/labelnote]] They were also one of the few '70's rock bands who weren't dismissed as dinosaurs by the PunkRock bands who rose at the end of the decade who appreciated the band's straightforward sound and lack of pretension.

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They finally found international recognition with 1976's Jailbreak, ''Jailbreak'', and Thin Lizzy's other hit, "The Boys Are Back In Town". The band led a career that lasted until 1983, when the band split, and all hopes of recording more original material were tragically crushed forever when Phil Lynott died in 1986, aged just 36. The band regrouped in 1996 without Lynott Lynott, but are essentially now just a live tribute to his life and work with no new material recorded or released.

Thin Lizzy was a unique combination of hard rocking songs about fighting & cool characters, epic guitar parts & harmonies, and sensitive, thoughtful and wide-ranging songwriting. Thin Lizzy are unfortunately still under-appreciated and lesser known compared to their world-famous '70's and '80's contemporaries (they're still mainly only known for two songs, "Whiskey In The Jar" and "The Boys Are Back In Town"), but in their heyday they developed a reputation for being one of the best live bands in the world and once played to a gigantic crowd on the steps of the Sydney Opera House; their LiveAlbum "Live ''Live And Dangerous" Dangerous'' is widely regarded as one of the best live albums ever recorded.[[labelnote:*]]Despite the long-running controversy over just how "live" the song album is - various people involved in the production claim wildly different proportions were overdubbed in the studio see LoopingLines below. [[/labelnote]] They were also one of the few '70's rock bands who weren't dismissed as dinosaurs by the PunkRock bands who rose at bands; the end of the decade who punks appreciated the band's straightforward sound Lizzy's directness and lack of pretension.
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1st Nov '16 2:46:44 AM 06tele
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* PepTalkSong: "Do Anything You Want To", a rare example in hard rock.
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