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Thin Lizzy: "The Boys Are Back in Town"
The Hook: Frontman Phil Lynott brought in the skeleton of the song and the other band members fleshed it out into what became the record.
Writer: Phil Lynott
Stats: The band's only U.S. Top 40 hit peaked at number-12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Background: Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham says that like most of the Irish band's songs, "The Boys Are Back in Town" originated with late frontman and main writer, Phil Lynott.
Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham on how Phil Lynott was always the idea man behind such Lizzy classics as “The Boys Are Back in Town.” OC:…the song. :30
“Phil would come up with the actual initial idea. It would never seem to be actually completely finished. It was more of the skeletal works of the song and that’s where myself or one of the Brians would jump on it and we would start working out different chord patterns or different harmony pieces, which would inspire Phil to, ‘Yeah, OK, well scratch that version. I’ll move this over here and now I can do this over there.’ It was very much of a jelling process, but he always seemed more often than not to have the original blueprint of the song.”
Boys are back in town by Thin Lizzy on the album Jailbreak. Enjoy!