Phil Lynott

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by dougjwray, Mar 23, 2021.

  1. cusar5


    Feb 17, 2008
    Planet Iommia
    Phil is one of the underrated riff masters. I highly recommend every bass player learn some Lizzy, because their tunes are a blast to play!
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  2. Paul Weekes

    Paul Weekes

    Jan 3, 2021
    Frontman of easily one of the best hard rock bands ever, very underrated on this side of the pond and if it's not your taste fair but any negative comment about Phil and Thin Lizzy will show your extreme ignorance. And of course please send me your stuff because I'd love to hear what you're writing, playing and singing. Thank you for bringing these kinds round again... Please go on Youtube and dive in, there's lots, cheers!
  3. Yaralag

    Yaralag "Oh, it looks good on you though!"

    May 7, 2015
    Is Phil iconic enough to drop this much on a bass? I think Lynott.... :D

    Last edited: Mar 23, 2021
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  4. I think part of the aura was that he was such a great rock star and frontman. Talk about larger than life!
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  5. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    I always respect when a band can own a cover like TL did "Whiskey in a Jar".

    And when a writer can write about chocolate stains on their pants.
  6. Samatza


    Apr 15, 2019
    Dancing in the Moonlight... I liked the bass line to that one.
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  7. Yeah, that sums it up well, that was awesome!

    This cannot be overstated. He was the total package, fantastic singer, solid and tasteful player, great songwriter, dynamic frontman, and looked every bit the rock star. I mean, check this dude out -

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    When you consider the stereotypical bass player is lurking in the back by the drummer while the singer and guitar player soak up the spotlight, and that many (most?) of us are content back there, is it any wonder this guy gets our attention and admiration? Dude is a bada$$!

    I learned that for my band years ago but we never did anything with it. I'll need to blow the dust off of it, it's fun to play.
  8. Sid s

    Sid s

    Dec 22, 2016
    Western NC, USA

    R.I.P. poor junkie.
  9. According to google Phil Lynott was 6'1" tall. (185.4cm since he was Irish.)
  10. TheAnalogKid

    TheAnalogKid Yer Doin' GREAT!!!!

    Dec 7, 2011
    Tucson, AZ
    With those 3" heeled boots and that 'fro, he was close to 6'7"!
  11. pigpen ridding

    pigpen ridding

    Dec 30, 2020
    strangely they called him an irish singer but he was born in england
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  12. And furthermore, the United Kingdom didn't complete Metrication for 20 years or so after his birth.
  13. It's the whole package. Not a virtuoso on bass by any means, but his songwriting was superb (of course, hat's my opinion and it doesn't mean you will like what he did): the songs, the sound, the vibe, the voice... all contributed to form that persona that I, and others, find so appealing.

    Listen to the albums "Renegade", "Chinatown", "Black Rose" and "Bad Reputation"... if halfway through that you are not enjoying it, then it's safe to assume you just don't like Thin Lizzy. If, instead, you are enjoying them... keep exploring the rest of the albums. The older stuff has some beautiful jewels in there.
  14. But he grew up in Ireland and that's where he was formed.

    When people ask me where I'm from, I don't generally mention my birthplace where I only lived for 5 years, but the place where my family moved next which is where I became 'me', if you know what I mean?
  15. ficelles


    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    Vagabonds of the Western World is a classic.
  16. pigpen ridding

    pigpen ridding

    Dec 30, 2020
    oh yeah he was very much into irish history he loved the place and talked a lot on stage about ireland i was lucky enough to see thin lizzy a couple of times and he always mentioned ireland in every show
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  17. ficelles


    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    Lizzy V1 with Eric Bell had a strong Irish folk music influence, most obviously in Whisky in the Jar.
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  18. Concerning feel for melody through changes and arranging, there was a similar understanding you could hear sometimes. There's little doubt that Van was certainly influential, genre aside.
  19. Fender is overpriced anyway... and producing a color/pickguard/fretboard wood scheme from what they have in the shop? Lol... k-ching!
    Doesn't have anything to do with anyone except the marketing dept at Fender.
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