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Great Rock/Metal Albums of 1980: Thin Lizzy- Chinatown

Posted in 1979, 1980s, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal and the 1980s, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 10, 2013 by 80smetalman


Let me say that I am feeling rather foolish at the moment for not including Thin Lizzy’s “Black Rose, A Rock Legend” in my tour of 1979 albums. After all, Thin Lizzy were a great influence on heavy metal as affirmed by many of the metal bands we would come to know and love in the 80s. For those who have joined recently or haven’t read it, check out my post “Other Great Metal Influences: Part 7- Thin Lizzy” for further information. Furthermore, many metal heads, especially many I have met in the UK, were all fans of Thin Lizzy.

It has been said that the 1980 album “Chinatown” didn’t measure up to their previous album which I mentioned earlier. Many have blamed this on the departure of guitarist Gary Moore, (yes his leaving was a major loss for the band) and the recognisable drug problems of Phil Lynott. However, after getting reacquainted with “Chinatown” after so many years, I don’t want to make any comparisons because for me, there is nothing wrong with this album. Ok, maybe one small thing, the opening track, “We Will Be Strong” went on a little too long but it was still a good album opening song. Then there are the two songs I have known for years, “Chinatown” and “Killer On the Loose.” Both are good rocking songs in the tradition that made Thin Lizzy famous. Other standouts include “Genocide, The Killing of the Buffalo” and “Having a Good Time.” However, I still rocked along to the rest of the album and it reminded me that Thin Lizzy, even this late in their career, were still a force to be reckoned with in the rock world. I can also see from this album why they would go on to inspire a many metal bands less than a decade later.

Track Listing:

1. We Will Be Strong

2. Chinatown

3. Sweetheart

4. Sugar Blues

5. Killer On the Loose

6. Having a Good Time

7. Genocide, The Killing of the Buffalo

8. Didn’t I

9. Hey You

Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy

    Phil Lynott- bass, vocals

Scott Goram- guitar, vocals

Snowy White- guitar, vocals

Brian Downey- drums, percussion

For many die hard Thin Lizzy fans, “Chinatown” might not have ranked up their with some of their other ones. However, for me, this is a damned good album and it reminds me why they were such an influence on the establishment of heavy metal. So much so, that many people in the mid 80s would class them as such.

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Other Great Metal Influences, Part 7- Thin Lizzy

Posted in 1980s, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal and the 1980s, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 6, 2011 by 80smetalman

Like T-Rex, Thin Lizzy was one of those great rock bands from the 70s which I didn’t fully appreciate until the 1980s. Sure, I loved the song “The Boys Are Back In Town” when I first heard it on the radio, back in 1977. Also, I would see their albums advertised, but think nothing more. But that was down to me and nothing to do with this great band.

For me, it seemed when I began to really expand my musical horizons in the early 80s, it seemed only natural that Thin Lizzy would be part of that. Their music seemed to fit right in with much of the metal going on at the time. I really began to get into their earlier material as well at that time. Therefore, it is no surprise that many of the metal acts of the 80s cite Thin Lizzy as one of their influences, with some acts even releasing covers of Thin Lizzy songs. I have heard Bon Jovi’s cover of “The Boys Are Back In Town” and only a few years ago, the great Metallica released a copy of “Whiskey In a Jar.” However, I am still waiting for a cover of my personal favourite Lizzy song, “Jailbreak” as long as they do the song justice.

An old friend of mine, (I haven’t seen him in over 27 years) saw Thin Lizzy play what was then to be their last ever gig back in 1983. My reaction to that is “You lucky ****.” Reports were, they were a great live act and not seeing them is a regret for me.

The death of Phil Lynott in 1986 marked an end of an era for Thin Lizzy fans. The way he died made many rock stars at the time rethink their life style and live cleaner. However, his spirit lives on in the music, just ask any true Thin Lizzy fan. Thin Lizzy was definitely a big influence on heavy metal.

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