Sunday, April 5, 2009

Before Barack Obama, There Was Phil Lynott

Before Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Darius Rucker, Corey Glover of Living Color, Angelo Moore of Fishbone, or H.R. of Bad Brains - Hell, before Barack Obama - there was Phil Lynott. Lynott was the lead singer and bassist for the Irish Rock group, Thin Lizzy. There haven't been too many Irish-Brazilian Rock stars before or since Lynott. Lynott could drink you under the table and rock your socks off. He was a "bad motherfucker" before Samuel L. Jackson. Don't believe me. Check out any of Thin Lizzy's songs. I suggest "The Rocker," "Whisky in a Jar," "Jailbreak," and "The Boys are Back." He sang as if he were reciting his life story: "Friday night they'll be dressed to kill/Down at Dino's bar and grill/The drink will flow and blood will spill/And if the boys want to fight, you'd better let them." Sadly, Lynott died in 1986 at the age of 36. Often imitated, never duplicated, Phil Lynott will never be forgotten.

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