Thin Lizzy: Chinatown-80’s-1980.

Thin Lizzy are a hard rock band formed in Dublin, Ireland, in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist and lead vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. Lynott led the group throughout their recording career of twelve studio albums, writing most of the material. The singles “Whiskey in the Jar” (a traditional Irish ballad), “The Boys Are Back in Town” and “Waiting for an Alibi” were international hits. After Lynott’s death in 1986, various incarnations of the band emerged over the years based initially around guitarists Scott Gorham and John Sykes, though Sykes left the band in 2009. Gorham later continued with a new line-up including Downey.

Lynott, Thin Lizzy’s de facto leader, was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band’s songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy featured several guitarists throughout their history, with Downey and Lynott as the rhythm section, on the drums and bass guitar. As well as being multiracial, the band drew their early members not only from both sides of the Irish border but also from both the Catholic and Protestant communities during The Troubles. Their music reflects a wide range of influences, including bluessoul musicpsychedelic rock, and traditional Irish folk music, but is generally classified as hard rock or sometimes heavy metalRolling Stone magazine describes the band as distinctly hard rock, “far apart from the braying mid-70s metal pack”.[2]

AllMusic critic John Dougan has written that “As the band’s creative force, Lynott was a more insightful and intelligent writer than many of his ilk, preferring slice-of-life working-class dramas of love and hate influenced by Bob DylanBruce Springsteen, and virtually all of the Irish literary tradition.”[3]

In 2012, Gorham and Downey decided against recording new material as Thin Lizzy so a new band, Black Star Riders, was formed to tour and produce new releases such as their debut album All Hell Breaks Loose. Thin Lizzy plan to reunite for occasional concerts.[4]


The FarmerSingle19701 (50%)
Thin LizzyFull-length19711 (70%)
New DaySingle1971 
Shades of a Blue OrphanageFull-length19721 (49%)
Whisky in the JarSingle19721 (73%)
Randolph’s TangoSingle19731 (70%)
Vagabonds of the Western WorldFull-length19731 (75%)
The RockerSingle19731 (50%)
The Beginning Vol. 12Compilation1974 
Little DarlingSingle19741 (55%)
PhilomenaSingle19741 (70%)
NightlifeFull-length19741 (84%)
It’s Only MoneySingle1974 
RosalieSingle19751 (60%)
FightingFull-length19751 (91%)
Wild OneSingle19751 (65%)
JailbreakFull-length19765 (85%)
The Boys Are Back in TownSingle19762 (85%)
JailbreakSingle19761 (65%)
Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the WeedSingle1976 
Remembering – Part 1Compilation19761 (15%)
Cowboy SongSingle1976 
Johnny the FoxFull-length19762 (87%)
Don’t Believe a WordSingle19761 (70%)
Rocker (1971-1974)Compilation1977 
Dancing in the MoonlightSingle19771 (70%)
Bad ReputationFull-length19772 (85%)
Whisky in the JarEP19781 (55%)
Rosalie (Cowgirl’s Song)Single1978 
Live and DangerousLive album19781 (100%)
Cowboy Song (live)Single1978 
Star TraxEP1979 
Waiting for an AlibiSingle19791 (70%)
Black Rose: A Rock LegendFull-length19792 (91%)
Whiskey in the Jar / ApplejackSplit1979 
Do Anything You Want ToSingle19791 (70%)
Things Ain’t Working Out Down at the FarmEP1979 
The Continuing Saga of the Ageing OrphansCompilation1979 
SarahSingle19791 (70%)
Live TapesEP1980 
Heavy RockSplit1980 
Living LegendsSplit1980 
The Japanese Compilation AlbumCompilation1980 
Killer on the LooseSingle1980 
ChinatownFull-length19802 (77%)
Lizzy KillersCompilation19811 (60%)
Live and DangerousVideo1981 
Hollywood (When You’re Down on Your Luck) / GirlsSplit1981 
Whiskey in the JarCompilation1981 
Hey YouSingle19811 (60%)
The Adventures of… Thin Lizzy (The Hit Singles Collection)Compilation19811 (60%)
Killers LiveEP1981 
Trouble BoysSingle19811 (55%)
RenegadeFull-length19812 (79%)
RockersCompilation19811 (55%)
Die Weisse SerieCompilation1982 
Hollywood (Down on Your Luck)Single19821 (70%)
Whisky in the JarCompilation1983 
Cold SweatSingle19831 (80%)
Thunder and LightningFull-length19836 (91%)
Thunder and LightningSingle1983 
The Sun Goes DownSingle19831 (80%)
The Boys Are Back in TownCompilation19831 (25%)
Life: LiveLive album1983 
Whisky in the JarCompilation1984 
The CollectionCompilation1985 
Whisky in the JarCompilation1986 
2 Great Pop ClassicsCompilation19875 (85%)
Soldier of FortuneCompilation1987 
The Boys Are Back in TownVideo1988 
The Boys Are Back in Town / You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ YetSplit1988 
Lizzy Lives! (1976-1984)Compilation1989 
Il Rock Nr. 83Split1990 
Dedication – The Very Best of Thin LizzyCompilation1991 
The Boys Are Back in TownSingle1991 
Best TracksCompilation1991 
Dedication: The Very Best of Thin LizzyVideo1991 
The Boys Are Back in Town / I’m Not in LoveSplit1992 
Thin LizzyCompilation1992 
BBC Radio One Live in ConcertLive album1992 
Renegades – The Best Music CollectionSplit1994 
The Peel SessionsCompilation1994 
Whisky in the JarCompilation1996 
Wild OneCompilation1996 
Black Metal, White Vinyl / Black Stache, White WaxSplit1997 
The Boys Are Back in TownLive album1997 
Classic Thin Lizzy: The Universal Masters CollectionCompilation1999 
One Night OnlyLive album2000 
The Boys Are Back in TownCompilation2000 
Vagabonds Kings Warriors AngelsCompilation2001 
The Hero and the MadmanCompilation2002 
Live at the Regal Theatre Hitchin 1983Video2003 
At RockpalastVideo2004 
Greatest HitsCompilation2004 
Rock Review – A Critical RetrospectiveVideo2004 
Thunder and Lightning TourVideo2005 
Greatest HitsVideo2005 
The Definitive CollectionCompilation2006 
Colour CollectionCompilation2006 
Black Boys on the Corner (1970-1974)Compilation2007 
The Silver CollectionCompilation2007 
The RockerCompilation2007 
UK Tour ’75Live album2008 
Live ’77Compilation2009 
Still Dangerous – Live at the Tower Theatre Philadelphia 1977Live album2009 
Jailbreak + Black RoseCompilation20105 (85%)
Live in London 2011 / 22.01.2011 Hammersmith ApolloLive album2011 
Waiting for an Alibi: The CollectionCompilation2011 
At the BBCBoxed set2011 
Live at High VoltageLive album2011 
Live at the National Stadium – DublinVideo2012 
Classic Album SelectionBoxed set2012 
Live 2012 Vol. 1Live album2013 
Live 2012 Vol. 2Live album2013 
Thin Lizzy / Shades of a Blue OrphanageCompilation20131 (70%)
Rock LegendsBoxed set2020 
Scott Gorham
Guitars (1974-1984, 1986, 1991, 1994, 1996-2001, 2004-2012, 2016-present)
See also: Black Star Riders, ex-21 Guns, ex-Phenomena II
Darren Wharton
Keyboards (1981-1984, 1986, 1994, 1996-2001, 2010-2012, 2016-present)
See also: Dare
Ricky Warwick
Vocals, Guitars (2010-2012, 2016-present)
See also: The Almighty, Black Star Riders, Ricky Warwick, ex-(sic), ex-Circus Diablo
Damon Johnson
Guitars (2011-2012, 2016-present)
See also: Brother Cane, Damon Johnson, Lynyrd Skynyrd (live), ex-Alice Cooper, ex-Black Star Riders, ex-Chyld, ex-Slave to the System, ex-Whiskey Falls, ex-Witness, ex-The Dead Daisies (live)
Tom Hamilton
Bass (2016-present)
See also: Aerosmith, ex-The Jam Band
Scott Travis
Drums (2016-present)
See also: Judas PriestRacer X, ex-Fight, ex-Hawk, ex-Animetal USA, ex-The Scream
Brian Downey
Drums (1969-1984, 1985-1986, 1986, 1991, 1994, 1996-1998, 2010-2012)
See also: Brian Downey’s Alive and Dangerous, ex-Black Eagles, ex-Funky Junction, ex-Grand Slam, ex-Orphanage, ex-Sugar Shack
Eric Bell
Guitars (1969-1973)
See also: Eric Bell Band, ex-Barrelhouse Brothers, ex-Funky Junction, ex-Mainsqueeze, ex-Shades of Blue, ex-The Dreams, ex-The Noel Redding Band, ex-Them
Eric Wrixon
Piano (1969-1970)
(R.I.P. 2015) See also: ex-The People, ex-The Wheels, ex-Them, ex-Trixons
Phil Lynott
Vocals, Bass (1969-1984, 1985-1986)
(R.I.P. 1986) See also: ex-Philip Lynott, ex-Black Eagles, ex-Funky Junction, ex-Grand Slam, ex-John Sykes, ex-Orphanage, ex-Skid Row, ex-The Greedies
Brian Robertson
Guitars (1974-1976, 1977-1978)
See also: Brian Robertson, ex-Wild Willy’s Gang (live), ex-Motörhead, ex-Operator, ex-Wild Horses
Gary Moore
Guitars (1974, 1976-1977, 1978-1979)
(R.I.P. 2011) See also: ex-BBM, ex-Colosseum II, ex-G-Force, ex-Gary Moore, ex-Greg Lake, ex-Scars, ex-Skid Row
Snowy White
Guitars (1980-1982)
See also: Snowy White and the White Flames Band, ex-Snowy White’s Blues Agency, ex-The Train, ex-Pink Floyd (live), ex-Roger Waters (live)
John Sykes
Guitars (1982-1984, 1994, 1996-2009), Vocals (1996-2001, 2004-2009)
See also: John Sykes, ex-Tygers of Pan Tang, ex-Streetfighter, ex-Badlands, ex-Blue Murder, ex-Whitesnake
Robin George
Guitars (1985-1986)
See also: Robin George, ex-Climax Blues, ex-Damage Control, ex-Life, ex-Notorious, ex-The Byron Band
Marco Mendoza
Bass (1996-2001, 2005-2007, 2010-2012)
See also: Marco Mendoza, Journey (live), ex-Bill Ward, ex-Oliver Weers, ex-Alias, ex-Black Star Riders, ex-Blue Murder, ex-John Sykes, ex-Lynch Mob, ex-Soul Sirkus, ex-Ted Nugent, ex-The Dead Daisies, ex-Whitesnake
Tommy Aldridge
Drums (1998-2001, 2007-2010)
See also: ex-Hear ‘n Aid, ex-M.A.R.S., Whitesnake, ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Patrick Rondat, ex-Vinnie Moore, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen (live), ex-Motörhead, ex-Oliver Weers, ex-Black Oak Arkansas, ex-Elements of Friction, ex-Gary Moore, ex-House of Lords, ex-Lynch Mob, ex-Manic Eden, ex-Pat Travers Band, ex-John Sykes (live)
Randy Gregg
Bass (2004-2005)
See also: ex-Angel, ex-Lauren Harris
Michael Lee
Drums (2004-2006)
(R.I.P. 2008) See also: ex-Holosade, ex-Little Angels, ex-The Cult, ex-Page & Plant (live)
Francesco DiCosmo
Bass (2007-2010)
See also: ex-Chris Poland, ex-Mumbo’s Brain, ex-Spirit Noise
Vivian Campbell
Guitars (2010-2011)
See also: Def LeppardLast in Line, ex-Hear ‘n Aid, Riverdogs, Vivian Campbell, ex-Sweet Savage, ex-Dio, ex-Shadow King, ex-The Dudes of Wrath, ex-Whitesnake (live)
Mikkey Dee
Drums (2016)
See also: Scorpions, ex-Motörhead, Nordic Beast, ex-King Diamond, ex-WWIII, ex-Dokken (live), ex-Geisha, ex-Don Dokken, ex-Nadir, ex-E-Type (live)
Current (Live)
Troy Sanders
Bass (2019-present)
See also: Killer Be KilledMastodon, ex-Social Infestation, Gone Is Gone, ex-Four Hour Fogger, ex-Knuckle, ex-Puaka Balava
Past (Live)
Pearse Kelly
Drums (1973)
See also: ex-Gary Moore
John Cann
Guitars (1974)
(R.I.P. 2011) See also: ex-Andromeda, ex-Atomic Rooster, ex-Bullet (UK), ex-Hard Stuff, ex-John Du Cann
Andy Gee
Guitars (1974)
See also: ex-Ellis, ex-Follow the Buffalo, ex-Pete Bardens
Mark Nauseef
Drums (1978)
See also: ex-Elf, ex-Ian Gillan Band
Dave Flett
Guitars (1979-1980, 1981)
See also: ex-Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
Midge Ure
Guitars, Keyboards (1979-1980)
See also: Ultravox, ex-Band Aid, ex-PVC2, ex-Salvation, ex-Slik, ex-The Rich Kids, ex-Visage
Richard Fortus
Guitars (2011)
See also: Guns N’ Roses, ex-Love Spit Love, ex-Pale Divine, ex-The Dead Daisies, ex-The Eyes, ex-The Psychedelic Furs (live)
Side A
1.We Will Be Strong05:11  Show lyrics
2.Chinatown04:41  Show lyrics
3.Sweetheart03:30  Show lyrics
4.Sugar Blues04:19  Show lyrics
5.Killer on the Loose03:55  Show lyrics
Side B
6.Having a Good Time04:36  Show lyrics
7.Genocide (The Killing of the Buffalo)05:06  Show lyrics
8.Didn’t I04:27  Show lyrics
9.Hey You05:09  Show lyrics

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