[[quoteright:355:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ThinLizzy_Lineup_3.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:355:One of the many, [[RevolvingDoorBand many]] lineups of Thin Lizzy.]]

->''"He's just a boy, that has lost his way\\
He's a rebel that has fallen down\\
He's a fool, been blown away\\
To you and me, he's a renegade"''
->-- "Renegade", from the 1981 album of the same name.

Thin Lizzy are a (mostly) Irish rock band originating in 1969, Led by co-founder, bass player/singer and main songwriter Phil Lynott. The name was lifted from ''ComicBook/TheDandy'' comic's character "Tin Lizzie", with an alteration of spelling (Dubliners pronounce "th" as "t").

The core members were Lynott and Drummer Brian Downey, with guitar spots filled by a long list of ever changing names, the longest serving of which is Californian guitarist Scott Gorham, who moved to the UK to fill a guitar spot in Music/{{Supertramp}}, but was unsuccessful.

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.

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.


* Lineup 1 (Phil Lynott on bass & vocals, Brian Downey on drums. With Eric Bell on guitars):
-->''Thin Lizzy'' (1971), ''Shades of a Blue Orphanage'' (1972), ''Vagabonds of the Western World'' (1973)

* Lineup 2 (with Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham on guitars):
-->''Nightlife'' (1974), ''Fighting'' (1975), ''Jailbreak'' (1976), ''Johnny the Fox'' (1976), ''Bad Reputation'' (1977), ''Live and Dangerous'' [live album] (1978)

* Lineup 3 (with Gary Moore & Scott Gorham on guitars):
-->''Black Rose: A Rock Legend'' (1978)

* Lineup 4 (with 'Snowy White' & Scott Gorham on guitars & Darren Wharton on keyboards):
-->''Chinatown'' (1980), ''Renegade'' (1981)

* Lineup 5 (with John Sykes & Scott Gorham on guitars and Darren Wharton on keyboards):
-->''Thunder and Lightning'' (1983)

!!''The tropes are back in town'':

* AbusiveParents: "Frankie Carroll" is about an alcoholic man who beats his kids.
* AirGuitar: Thin Lizzy are just too damn riffilicious, and those guitar harmonies and the guitar "duels" are top-notch.
* AlbumFiller: Those who don't like Thin Lizzy's ballads consider them this, although there are some who think that the ballads are even better than the more up-tempo numbers.
** There is a 1972 song called "I Don't Want to Forget How to Jive", which never should have been recorded.
** Some people consider ''Nightlife'' have quite a lot of filler, especially the second side.
* AlbumTitleDrop: There is a title track (or a track whose name includes the album title) on most Thin Lizzy albums.
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Inverted; Downey was "the quiet one", the others... not so much.
* AntiChristmasSong: Phil Lynott got together with some ex-Sex Pistols and recorded a medley of Christmas tunes in a hard rocking style that comes off ''very'' ironic. Oh, and they were called "The Greedy Bastards".
* AscendedExtra: [[Music/HueyLewisAndTheNews Huey Lewis]]'s original band Clover were Thin Lizzy's support band back on some of the 70s tours, and Huey Lewis plays harmonica on "Baby Drives Me Crazy" on ''Live and Dangerous'',
* AudienceParticipationSong: The band were well known for this, and some songs were massively extended in concert for those call-and-response games. Other songs were written specifically for gigs and never recorded.
* AutobotsRockOut: "Emerald": the show piece is a "battle" between the lead guitarists.
** "Black Rose" has one too.
* BreakUpBreakOut: Done dozens of times over their history, and now Lynott's gone nobody known for sure who's going to be in the band for the next gig.
* BreakupSong: "Still In Love With You", "Borderline", "Didn't I", etc.
* CallAndResponseSong: Thin Lizzy did this with many a AudienceParticipationSong.
* CanonDiscontinuity: In order to record their first single "The Farmer", the band were required to record the song "I Need You", written by the owner of the studio. The band reluctantly did so, but never considered it part of their canon. As a result, the song has never been reissued since its original 7" vinyl single release (though it has been bootlegged on CD). As a result the original single is very valuable.
* CaptainObvious: Apparently, there's gonna be a jailbreak somewhere in this town. This troper's money is on the jail.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Musically as opposed to personally, Scott Gorham. His guitar style, especially when soloing, is very strange, being almost devoid of the usual clichés, and relies on imagination and quirky phrasing rather than speed. This is why he was usually not the star guitarist in the band, but also why he was more essential than those who were; he was also, after founders Lynott and Downey, its third-longest-serving member.
** He's the only guitarist for most of ''Bad Reputation'', one of the band's best albums.
* CommonMeter, CommonTime: with only a few exceptions.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Jailbreak'' and ''Johnny the Fox'' were born of failed attempts at this.
* CoverVersion: Thin Lizzy covered Music/BobSeger's song "Rosalie" on the ''Fighting'' album.
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: Thin Lizzy's version of the popular Irish folk drinking song, "Whiskey in the Jar"
* 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.
* DeadpanSnarker:
* DrunkWithPower: The story of "Watch out for the Danger".
* FourTemperamentEnsemble:
** Phil Lynott: Choleric
** Gary Moore/Brian Robertson/John Sykes: Sanguine
** Scott Gorham: Melancholic
** Brian Downey: Phlegmatic
* 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.
** The Rise And Dear Demise Of The Funky Nomadic Tribes (Funk Rock)
** Buffalo Gal (Country Ballad)
** I Don't Want To Forget How To Jive (Rockabilly)
** Sarah (Easy Listening)
** Brought Down (Power Ballad)
** Baby Face (Hard Rock)
** Chatting Today (Folk)
** Call The Police (Funk Rock)
** Shades Of A Blue Orphanage (Easy Listening)
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Hardly a year goes by when a new one of these doesn't get released. Sometimes if you're lucky, you'll get one with rare b-sides or unused tracks (such as the "Vagabonds Kings Warriors Angels box set).
* HardRock
* HeavyMeta: The song "The Rocker", which is supposed to be a satire of the stereotypical "rocker" image that was around in the early seventies (as in Mods & ''Rockers'').
* IAmTheBand: Pretty much any band that Lynott was in became Thin Lizzy, with the exceptions of when he toured in release of one of his solo records.
** Subverted in that the current lineup of Thin Lizzy doesn't contain Lynott at all (due, obviously, to his death).
* LonelyPianoPiece: The original "Sarah", "Frankie Carroll".
* LongSongShortScene: The majority of Thin Lizzy's material just doesn't get the widespread exposure it deserves. Also, two parts of "Dancing in the Moonlight" were mercilessly spliced together for a cider advert.
** "Sha La La" is usually considered to have been wasted as a ''Nightlife'' album track. Had the band released it as a single it might have been a hit. Luckily a live version would appear on Live And Dangerous, a live album which is considered one of the best ever.
* LeadBassist: Phil Was Both Types B and C.
* LoopingLines: According to co-producer Tony Visconti, 75% of ''Live and Dangerous'' isn't really live, because the band was usually at least a bit drunk on stage and the shortage of coherent recorded performances meant that they had to record it live in the studio and add crowd noise later. The band's manager Chris O'Donnell disputes this, saying that while some parts (mostly guitar solos) got looped in the studio, it's 75% live. Guitarist Brian Robertson insists that the whole thing is live, and that overdubs would have been impossible because of the lack of acoustic separation.[[note]]When a band records live, chances are that any given mic will record more than just the source it's supposed to record. If a part is played badly or contains obvious clams, it will therefore be potentially audible on more than one track. Overdubbing that part won't work, because the original part will be audible in the background of other tracks. The only solution is either acoustic separation, in which each track contains only the instrument or voice it's supposed to contain and which is impossible to achieve in a live recording, or else re-recording the whole performance.[[/note]] The only thing everyone agrees on is that it's one of the band's best albums.
* 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.
* MoneySong: "It's Only Money".
* MoralityBallad: Lots of them, because of Lynott's love of songs that tell stories. "Suicide" is about a murder that goes reported as a suicide due to lazy and incompetent police work. Case number 81 remains unsolved, presumably forever.
** "Frankie Carroll" tells what effect alcohol can have on a man with little morals.
** "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.
* MurderBallad: A lot of Thin Lizzy songs are about death. "Killer on the Loose", "Warrior", "Emerald", "Angel of Death", etc.
* MyspeldRokband: In a sense. It's a pun on "Tin Lizzie", the Ford Model T, but with "tin" misspelled as "thin", a joke on how Dubliners would pronounce "thin" as "tin".
* NewSoundAlbum: The most significant of these was ''Fighting'' as it signalled the beginning of their most well-regarded period.
** ''Thunder and Lightning'' is Lizzy trying to be a conventional heavy metal band.
* ObligatoryBondageSong: Averted with "S&M" from ''Black Rose'', which isn't about a relationship between consensual partners but about a [[{{Jerkass}} guy who gets sexually aroused by beating up women]].
* OneWomanSong: "Philomena" (Phil Lynott's mother), "Rosalie" (a Bob Seger song), "Sarah" (Lynott's grandmother) and "(My) Sarah" (Lynott's daughter).
* ReunionShow: ''Life'' was this, with former guitarists joining the band for their showcase numbers.
** "Emerald" featured Brian Robertson.
** "Black Rose" featured Gary Moore.
** "The Rocker" featured Eric Bell, with Robertson and Moore joining in partway through, making for an awesome moment when all five guitarists (Bell, Robertson, Moore, Gorham and Sykes) are playing the same lick over and over again in unison.
* RockStarSong: apart from the satirical "The Rocker", there is also "Rocky".
* SelfTitledAlbum: Their debut.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: What many of their songs are about, but also the eventually deadly lifestyle of Lynott himself.
* ShoutOut: In addition to the traditional songs it riffs on, "Roisin Dubh: Black Rose" gives nods to fellow Irishmen Creator/JamesJoyce, Creator/WilliamButlerYeats, Creator/OscarWilde, Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw, Brendan Behan, George Best, J. M. Synge and Music/VanMorrison.
** 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.
** "Angel of Death" has one to UsefulNotes/{{Nostradamus}}.
* SomethingBlues: "Slow Blues" and "Sugar Blues"
* SongOfSongTitles: The sub-titles of the mini-epic "Roisin Dubh: Black Rose (A Rock Legend)" reference the original Irish/Scottish/English folk melodies the track contains.[[note]]Well, kind of. The track listing gives the tunes as "Shenandoah", "Will You Go Lassie Go", "Danny Boy" and "The Mason's Apron". What they actually play is slightly different. The band plays, and Phil sings, most of the first verse of "Shenandoah", followed by a line from "Go Lassie Go", then the twin guitars play a soaring instrumental version of the second half of the verse of "Danny Boy". The first of the really fast guitar part is not, by any stretch of the imagination, "The Mason's Apron". The second half of it is one of the best-known reels in Irish traditional music, "Rakish Paddy".[[/note]]
* SpokenWordInMusic: A couple; the intro to "Fool's Gold" and "The Friendly Ranger at Clondarf Castle".
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: averted - Lynott was a master at rhyming lyrics.
* SubduedSection: More common in the band's earlier period.
* SuperGroup: Technically whilst Gary Moore was in the band in 1979, as he had already cemented himself as a solo act by this point. Somewhat of a subversion in that he not only had been briefly part of the band in 1974, but he also was part of Lynott's previous band Skid Row (not to be confused with the American band of the same name).
** 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.
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Look What The Wind Blew In", "Things Ain't Working Out Down On The Farm", "Call The Police", "The Boys Are Back In Town", "Rosalie", and "Get Out Of Here".
* TriumphantReprise: The end of "Roisin Dubh: Black Rose (A Rock Legend)".
* 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.)