Significant Songs (192)

The Boys Are Back In Town

You don’t see many rock songs on this blog, I know. But this is a really good one. Back in 1976, Irish band Thin Lizzy were doing very well indeed. They had already achieved success in the UK, and all around Europe, and were touring in America. The distinctive vocals of front man Phil Lynnot and some excellent guitar work gave the group an identifiable sound, and much critical acclaim too.

The band went through various changes of line up, including the arrival, departure, and eventual return of the wonderful Gary Moore. But by 1983, differences (and drugs) had taken their toll, and the band split for good, following the Reading Festival performance. In 1986, just ten years after the high watermark of this single, Lynnot died of complications from drug addiction. He was just 36 years old.

33 thoughts on “Significant Songs (192)

  1. This song pierces and sends me back to when I was 13. We drove our bikes to the A & W and ate french fries and root beer floats. The A/C is too cold–this song played and I don’t even like the song, sorry, but it never fails to send me back to my past when I hear it.

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  2. Phil Lynnot is amazing. Really too bad he died so young. He was also terrific in Jeff Wayne’s musical version of the War of the Worlds. Knowing you are a musical wonder you have probably heard those, but in the small case you haven’t I highly recommend that one. Also…agree with Dani..this song is now stuck in my head…I knew I shouldn’t have pushed that play button ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  3. Thin Lizzy reminds me of the Ford Motor Company’s Model T, colloquially known as the Tin Lizzie. The automobile came in a wide range of colors: black, black, black, and (you guessed it) black! I have some 1:18 scale models of this vehicle that was produced from 1908 to 1927.

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  4. So many good songs by Thin Lizzy, this is one of them of course. ‘Still in love with You’ is one of my fave ballads ever from their Nightlife album, give it a listen one day, the pathos in his vocal is palpable.

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  5. With the exception of the Beatles in the 60s, 80s music collectively, for me, was the best. There are songs that peg specific moments in time for other years but in general I remember the 80s as having music I most generally liked.

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