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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to…. Phil Lynott January 2, 2016

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Monday marks thirty years since Phil Lynott died. The 4th of January 1986 etched into my mind along with other dates from my growing up. I was 16 and mad into Thin Lizzy. Had every album, solo ones and had even bought that awful ‘Out in the fields’ record he did with Gary Moore. He was just coolness personified and a Dub at that too.
The music was brilliant, With Live and Dangerous still my favourite album of all time. I wasn’t a fan of the introduction of keyboards into Thin Lizzy and felt ‘Renegade’ and to a lesser extent ‘Thunder and Lightning’ suffered as a result. The ‘Life Live’ album though was one I liked although it wasn’t up there with ‘Live and Dangerous’.
Never saw them with Phil Lynott but did see a ‘Thin Lizzy’ in the SFX around 20 years ago and they were excellent and made me sorry that I never saw the real thing.

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1. WorldbyStorm - January 2, 2016

Fantastic stuff IEL. I remember that evening thirty(!) years ago very well. Was in the Granary and it was – literally – sobering. I know what you mean re Renegade, but I still have a bit of a soft spot for it – particularly Angel of Death, and for their last one which had some fantastic metal tracks on it (Thunder and Lightning, Cold Sweat. I had a couple of Moore’s albums as well which Lynott often guested on (which was no bad thing). Lynott was amazingly talented as a vocalist and song-writer – and seemed able to turn his hand to any genre – pop, folk, rock, metal, new wave, even futurist/electropop.

Have you heard Gorham’s latest outfit – Black Star Riders. They’re pretty good. Ricky Warwick on vocals kind of gets it.

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sonofstan - January 2, 2016

Possibly my single favourite Lynott moment – the second verse of this, from Johnny Thunders one proper solo record:

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2. Michael Carley - January 2, 2016

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