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Thin Lizzy

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Thin Lizzy are an Irish hard rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Their music reflects a wide range of influences, including blues, soul music, psychedelic rock and traditional Irish folk music, but is generally classified as hard rock or sometimes heavy metal.

Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist, lead vocalist and principal songwriter Phil Lynott, met while still in school. Lynott led the group throughout their recording career of twelve studio albums, writing most of the material. The singles "Whiskey in the Jar" (a traditional Irish ballad), "The Boys Are Back in Town" and "Waiting for an Alibi" were international hits. After Lynott's death in 1986, various incarnations of the band emerged over the years based initially around guitarists Scott Gorham and John Sykes, though Sykes left the band in 2009. Gorham later continued with a new line-up including Downey. In 2012, Gorham and Downey decided against recording new material as Thin Lizzy so a new band, Black Star Riders, was formed to tour and produce new releases, such as their debut album All Hell Breaks Loose. Thin Lizzy have since reunited for occasional concerts.Lynott, Thin Lizzy's de facto leader, was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy featured several guitarists throughout their history, with Downey and Lynott as the rhythm section, on the drums and bass guitar. As well as being multiracial, the band drew their early members not only from both sides of the Irish border but also from both the Catholic and Protestant communities during The Troubles.

Rolling Stone magazine describes the band as distinctly hard rock, "far apart from the braying mid-70s metal pack". AllMusic critic John Dougan has written that "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."

Articles

January 17, 2021

Jailbreak

Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today, we revisit Thin Lizzy’s greatest album, one that embodies the myth and grandeur of classic rock.

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Discs

Live 2012 - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

March 11, 2013

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Live at High Voltage Festival 2011

December 12, 2011

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Live In London 22.01.2011

September 19, 2011

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Live At The Indigo2

September 19, 2011

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The Boys Are Back In Town / Jailbreak

January 1, 2009

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UK Tour '75

September 8, 2008

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Thin Lizzy Live In Concert

September 18, 1992

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Life

January 1, 1983

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Thunder And Lightning

January 1, 1983

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Renegade

January 1, 1981

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Chinatown

January 1, 1980

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Black Rose: A Rock Legend

January 1, 1979

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'Live And Dangerous'

June 2, 1978

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Bad Reputation (Expanded Edition)

January 1, 1977

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Bad Reputation

January 1, 1977

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Jailbreak (Deluxe Edition)

January 1, 1976

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Jailbreak

January 1, 1976

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Johnny The Fox

January 1, 1976

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Johnny The Fox (Deluxe Edition)

January 1, 1976

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Fighting

September 12, 1975

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Fighting (Deluxe Edition)

January 1, 1975

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Nightlife (Deluxe Edition)

January 1, 1974

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Nightlife

January 1, 1974

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Vagabonds Of The Western World

September 21, 1973

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Shades Of A Blue Orphanage

January 1, 1972

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Thin Lizzy

January 1, 1971

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