The Boys Are Back In Town
Everything that’s great about Thin Lizzy is in this song: the hard rocking swagger, the twin-guitar harmonies, Lynott’s innate sense of melody, and a wonderfully evocative lyric about boys and girls, drinking and fighting. Incredibly, when the band recorded The Boys Are Back In Town in 1976, they didn’t think it was anything special. But after US radio jumped on it, the song was a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic. And over time it became something even bigger: one of the all-time classic rock anthems, and the song for which Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy will always be remembered.
Thin Lizzy The Boys Are Back In Town
Label: Contour CN 2066
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: UK Released: 1983
A1 The Boys Are Back In Town
A2 Don’t Play Around
A3 With Love
A5 Half Caste
A6 Bad Reputation
B1 Me And The Boys
B2 Memory Pain
B4 Got To Give It Up
B5 For Those Who Love To Live
B6 The Pressure Will Blow
Made & Printed in England
A Pickwick presents Contour release with review on cover
“The Boys Are Back in Town” from Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy. The song was originally released in 1976 on their album Jailbreak.
New Jersey rock band Bon Jovi have covered the song live during concerts and have used it as a B-Side. The studio recording appeared on the compilation album Stairway to Heaven/Highway to Hell which featured covers of songs by artists/groups who had been touched by drug or alcohol abuse a la Phil Lynott. Also featured were Mötley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, Skid Row, Cinderella, and Gorky Park. The album was released in 1989 by Mercury/PolyGram Records and is now hard to find.
The Rumble Strips covered the song in 2007 as a B-side to “Girls and Boys in Love”
The alternative rock band Everclear covered this song on the Detroit Rock City soundtrack.
The Cardigans have covered the song as a B-side to “Hey! Get Out of My Way.”
Michael Hayes, a member of the Fabulous Freebirds wrestling clique, had a brief rock career, during which he covered the song on his album Off The Streets
Chinchilla covered that song on The Last Millennium album (2002)
Metalcore band Atreyu covered this song on their EP Covers of the Damned, though it only featured certain members of the band along with members of the bands they are currently touring with.
Happy Mondays covered the song.
A cover by Belle & Sebastian is featured on The BBC Sessions.
The song was covered by Funeral For A Friend on Kerrangs Higher Voltage!: Another Brief History of Rock in 2007.
Reggie Watts covered the song on Conan on 1 November 2011.
The Mountain Goats have covered the song live.
Punk/Indie rock band Titus Andronicus have covered the song live; the band included one of these live covers on their mixtape, Titus Andronicus LLC Mixtape Vol 1.
Huey Lewis and The News, who worked with and were close to Phil Lynott, have performed this track live on many occasions.
Wilco opened their first “all request” concert at the 2013 Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, MA with the Thin Lizzy song. The three hour set consisted of all fan requested songs.
Appearances in other media:
It was used in the trailer for the 1995 Disney/Pixar movie Toy Story and its two sequels.
It was used in promos for The Amazing Race: All-Stars and again for The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business on CBS.
It is heard in a 2012 TV commercial for Chases Sapphire credit card.
It is heard in Sylvester Stallone and David Callaham movie The Expendables in the credits scene.
It is heard & sung by the cast of “Its Always sunny in Philadelphia” in the Second episode of the Sixth season.
At the 2012 Republican National Convention the song was used to introduce Vice-Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan on stage. This caused controversy as the use was unauthorised, and both Lynotts mother, Philomena Lynott, and Thin Lizzy lead guitarist Scott Gorham criticised its use, citing that Lynott would have objected to Mitt Romneys anti-gay and pro-rich policies and would never have used his music to endorse politicians.
Got to Give It Up: In the title and lyrics of this sinister track from 1979’s Black Rose was a self-fulfilling prophecy. “I’ve been messin’ with the heavy stuff,” Lynott confessed. The song began as a heroin blues and ended in wild abandon – as if he knew, even then, that he was already too far gone.