Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

6. Thin LizzyJailbreak

Phil Lynott. Genius. And a bass player as well. Have you noticed that most of the music normally comes from guitarists? But he was the driving force in this band. He was a skinny black guy, who was writing great songs and dealing with the consequences of racism in the UK at that time. He was always the main attraction to me. A real rock star and you’d feel that whenever he walked into a room. You can instantly recognise Phil’s voice, and he had a really cool way of creating melody on songs like ‘Jailbreak’.

This album is distinctly Irish, and I’m not sure why I think that to be honest but it definitely makes it special. At the time they were about as unique as they could be. And it was quite successful in the charts, which, along with seeing bands like them on Top Of The Pops, was another important factor. After Phil died and Thin Lizzy came back a few years ago we took them out on tour but that’s partly because the songs have held together so well even to this day. It was a real joy to do that and to be able to hear those songs played every night, and played so well. And to be honest I think that’s enough, because the songs are really what matter. They’re still playing together, but I think they’re called Black Star Riders now. The last record was very good, but nothing compared to this.

Selected in other Baker’s Dozens: Heather Leigh
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