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Thin Lizzy overdubbed their live album for tax reasons, or did they?

Irish Thin Lizzy was formed in Dublin in 1969 by drummer Brian Downey and bass player/lead singer and songwriter Phil Lynott.

Their best-known tunes include Whiskey In The Jar, The Rocker, The Boys Are Back In Town, Jailbreak, Don’t Believe A Word, and Dancing In The Moonlight (It’s Caught Me in It’s Spotlight).

The band went through many member changes with Gary Moore joining and leaving the band three times, even recording a very successful single outside of Thin Lizzy with Phil, in Parisienne Walkways.

Three years after the band had formed, the record label released their version of the traditional Irish folk song Whiskey In The Jar. This was only the second single from the band and they were not happy.

The members felt the song didn’t represent them but chart success in Ireland, U.K, and even Europe gave them a chance to appear on Top Of The Pops, giving them a taste of fame and what was to come.

Unfortunately, when they tried to follow it up, no one was interested. Single The Rocker didn’t do well outside of native Ireland.

It would take several albums and modest releases until the band gained traction again. 

In 1976, they dropped Jailbreak which had the title track as well as The Boys Are Back In Town as singles, this was enough to give the band the momentum it was craving.

With sales of half a million in the U.S, Thin Lizzy had finally broken into the public consciousness as a rock outfit.

The same year they also released Johnny the Fox, with the single, Don’t Believe A Word, which also helped to spread the word about the band.

The following year they’d release another album in Bad Reputation, here we got the single Dancing In The Moonlight (It’s Caught Me In It’s Spotlight), not to be confused with the Toploader/King Harvest hit Dancing In The Moonlight.

This would prove to be the last big tune from Thin Lizzy who had one more significant release up their sleeve.

In 1978, they released Live and Dangerous, produced by Toni Visconti, they claimed that they re-recorded many of the instruments for tax reasons, but in fact, hardly redid anything. If this was true or not has been debated for decades since.

Since this live album, no significant singles were released.

Members came and went until the band finally broke up when their leader, Phil Lynott in 1986 died from internal organ failure, brought on by heavy drug and alcohol intake for many years.

In 2005, a life-sized bronze statue of Phil was raised on Harry Street in Dublin.


Thin Lizzy | Tunes


Dancing In The Moonlight

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We get it, almost every night, when that moon gets so big and bright, it’s a super-
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natural delight, everybody was dancin’ in the moonlight.

Go to Dancing In The Moonlight chords.