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.