Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist and vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. Lynott assumed the role of frontman and led them throughout their recording career of twelve studio albums. Thin Lizzy's most successful songs, "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" and "The Boys Are Back in Town", were all major international hits which are still played regularly on hard rock and classic rock radio stations. Thin Lizzy Probably the greatest band to come out of Ireland, Thin Lizzy are somehow eternally underrated, which suits them. The twin guitar attack of Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham is probably the most influential aspect of their sound, their harmonized leads setting a template for hundreds of rock and metal bands to come. But they were so much more than a rock band. Fronted by Phil Lynott, an imposing guy who looked like he could take anyone in a brawl, the band’s songs were filled with hard-luck characters, tough-skinned poetics, and an undeniable romantic streak, in the classic sense of the term. Lynott was a storyteller first, ass-kicker second. With the ability to switch from blistering rock like “Are You Ready” to arena-filling pop songs like “The Boys Are Back in Town” to passionate ballads like “Still in Love with You” there was seemingly nothing the band couldn’t do until Lynott’s untimely death in in 1986 at just 36 years old. Recommended Listen: Jailbreak Crash Course 1. Jailbreak 2. Live and Dangerous 3. Nightlife Compilation Replacement: Dedication: The Very Best of Thin Lizzy Signature Songs: 1. Whiskey in the Jar 2. Rosalie 3. The Boys Are Back in Town 4. Cowboy Song 5. Dancing in the Moonlight Personal Note: Including a live album in the crash course is a new decision for me, but seemed fitting to give the real picture of Lizzy. Bad Reputation and Fighting would have made great selections, too, but the live record gives an indication of the aspect of their sound their records never fully captured, for all their greatness, and Nightlife gives you a different picture than those two records, which are in a similar vein to Jailbreak. For those looking for a visual component, go on youtube and find their Live at Rockplast show and you won’t be disappointed.