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To put you in the giving mood for Telethon, the massively influential Jailbreak by Thin Lizzy is this week’s pick. Arguably Ireland’s greatest rock band, the guitar work on this album has inspired generations of musicians, as has the unique voice and lyrics of lead singer and bass player Phil Lynott.
Setlist (“Song Name” – Artist – Album)
“The ’59 Sound” – The Gaslight Anthem – The Gaslight Anthem
“Jailbreak” – Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak
“Angel From The Coast” – Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak
“Running Back” – Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak
“Romeo And The Lonely Girl” – Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak
“Warriors” – Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak
“The Boys Are Back In Town” – Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak
“Fight Or Fall” – Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak
“Cowboy Song” – Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak
“Emerald” – Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak
“Teenage Metalhead” – Herzog – Boys
Available as a Telethon premium for a $40 donation! These Clevelanders channel Thin Lizzy in their twin guitar harmonies and driving energy.
“Sick Of Myself” – Matthew Sweet – 100% Fun [By Request]
For Tom and Charles who answered phones. The guitar driven power pop of Matthew Sweet owes some of its sound to Thin Lizzy.
“Goldfinger” – Ash – 1977
Another Irish rock band that hit it big in the 90s and claims Thin Lizzy as an influence.
“See No Evil” – Television – Marquee Moon
Released one year after Jailbreak, Television were doing something completely different with their twin guitar attack that proved to be just as highly influential.
“You Got Me Floating” – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – Good Music
In honor of her induction into the Rock Hall this weekend, Joan Jett sported can claim the rock of Thin Lizzy as an influence.
“Still Raining, Still Dreaming” – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland
The opening chord of this Hendrix track matches the beginning of “Jailbreak.”
“Long Away” – Queen – A Day At The Races
Also released in 1976, Queen were known for their guitar harmonizing as well.
“The Blues Are Still Blue” – Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit [By Request]
For Brandt! This guitar sound on this track is influenced by Thin Lizzy.
“The Man’s A Fool” – Phil Lynott – The Phil Lynott Album
A solo 80s cut from Thin Lizzy’s frontman.
“Into The Mystic” – Van Morrison – Moondance
Phil Lynott was lyrically influenced by Van Morrison, also form Ireland.
“I Shall Be Free” – Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan also influenced the poetic, storytelling lyrics of Thin Lizzy.
“Lady Whiskey” – Wishbone Ash – Wishbone Ash
The twin guitar soloing of Wishbone Ash were an early influence on Thin Lizzy’s sound.
“Don’t Keep Me Wonderin'” – The Allman Brothers Band – Idlewild South
The Allman Brothers Band were a contemporary group that used dual guitar harmonies.
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