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Who Was a Bigger One Hit Wonder?


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Who Was a Bigger One Hit Wonder?  

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  1. 1. Who Was a Bigger One Hit Wonder?

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By Henry Rollins:

"Thin Lizzy tracks such as ‘Romeo and the Lonely Girl’, ‘Black Boys on the Corner’, ‘Wild One’, ‘Southbound’ and ‘Cowboy Song’ are perfect pieces of music. Thin Lizzy tracks are fully formed, almost cinematic, with big stories, real characters and endings that make you want to hear them again and again.

As a songwriter Phil Lynott brought courage to hard rock, because he proved that by opening up emotionally, by letting your guard down, by not winning, that's actually quite a tough thing to do. Lynott did that over and over. Those songs really stick.

‘Running Back’ is a song that hits like a truck because it’s a brave take on love lost. That’s probably why, for me, it’s the ballads that do it best. You can’t thank the band enough for writing them. The uptempo songs, like ‘Warrior’, ‘Jailbreak’ and ‘Fighting’, are amazing, of course, but the ballads make everything around you stop.

The band was real, which is, I reckon, why they were very much respected by punk rockers. They were as streetwise as any punk could hope to be. A band headed by a half-black guy who had to fight all through his life? That’s punk rock right there.

Of course, it’s all about perspective. In Ireland he was probably your first bona-fide commercial rock star. The US? This is just what I remember – I can’t back this up with records of chart success – but as I recall it everyone had heard ‘The Boys Are Back in Town’, and maybe ‘Chinatown’, on the radio but little else. It was a while after ‘The Boys Are Back in Town’ was on the radio that I actually heard the ‘Jailbreak’ album. I really liked it.

I didn't know people who had Thin Lizzy albums until I was a bit more grown up. I don't think the band was all that well known in the US compared with other UK acts at the time. Real rock fans got it, but, as for mainstream success, I think that evaded them, which was a shame, because the records are so damn good. Oh – and Philomena Lynott is one of the most amazing, strong and beautiful people I have ever met. She is my Irish grandmother."

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/phil-lynott-s-influence-on-me-henry-rollins-1.2476416

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"Thin Lizzy and Lynott have never been fully appreciated, there is plenty of evidence that their contributions have left a deep imprint on rock and roll. They have influenced so many, including Cliff Burton, who said he was influenced by "everything Thin Lizzy did" in a 1986 interview published in 1990 by the German journal Rock Hard." 

"Iron Maiden's cover of Thin Lizzy’s “Massacre” comes from Lizzy’s fantastic record Johnny the Fox (1976). Many of the bands featured in this post are natural fits for Lizzy’s music and Iron Maiden absolutely checks that box. Iron Maidenfounder and bassist Steve Harris has cited Thin Lizzy as a personal influence. In 2012 Bruce Dickinson performed a version of Lizzy’s “Emerald” at Sunflower Superjam supported by the sublime sounds of guitarist Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions). Thin Lizzy’s “Massacre” sounds like a speeding car put to music. Iron Maiden’s cover is about as good as it gets to the original – which is rather untouchable. Maiden’s cover of “Massacre” can be found on the B-side of the “Can I Play With Madness” single. It also shows up on a 1995 reissue of Seventh Son of a Seventh Son."

https://metalinjection.net/editorials/back-in-the-day/thin-lizzy-appreciation-classic-jams-covered-by-high-on-fire-iron-maiden-mastodon-and-more

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6 minutes ago, munchmemory said:

Here's a fun version, too.  My man Dug Pinnick (King's X) can swing the vocal.  As always, Doug Aldrich rocks at 2:59.

 

It's kinda funny how they can play it so differently than acdc. reminds me of when styx covered that enya song sail away and made it sound like a completely different song

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3 minutes ago, Spoot-Face said:

It's kinda funny how they can play it so differently than acdc. reminds me of when styx covered that enya song sail away and made it sound like a completely different song

All artists put their spin on classics they cover.  I hate 99% of them.  But can appreciate the effort and musicianship.

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