Favorite 70's One-Hit Wonders #4 - "The Boys are Back in Town."

@teamfreak16 (42458)
Denver, Colorado
July 9, 2016 1:48pm CST
Thus far, we've had a little R&B, some funk, a punk poet went mainstream, and a little singer/songwriter action, so it just begs that classic rock would eventually enter the fray. I'm talking about my Favorite 70's One-Hit Wonders series, and #4, Thin Lizzy's classic, "The Boys are Back in Town. " Thin Lizzy is an Irish rock band that, in it's heyday, was led by the late vocalist/bassist Phil Lynott. The band formed in 1969 and hit big with their 1976 Certified Gold Record, Jailbreak, which boasted the band's hard-rocking hit, "The Boys are Back in Town." "The Boys are Back in Town," was a bit of a smash, reaching #12 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Unfortunately, it was Thin Lizzy's only appearance in the Top 40. (But what about the classic, "Jailbreak?" Interestingly, it never charted, at least not in the States, as far as I can tell.) (I'm using the rules from Wayne Jancik's book The Billboard Book of One-Hit Wonders: An act can only have appeared on the Top 40 of the Hot 100 once. Any sub-charts don't count, and neither do countries other than the States.)
Boys are back in town by Thin Lizzy on the album Jailbreak. Enjoy!
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@norcal (3212)
• Nevada City, California
9 Jul 16
I remember that song on the radio.
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@teamfreak16 (42458)
• Denver, Colorado
9 Jul 16
I even remember seeing them "perform" it on Solid Gold.
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@JolietJake (51067)
• United States
9 Jul 16
Thin Lizzy released a LOT of good music, none of it chart oriented stuff though. 'The Cowboy Song' off of the Jailbreak LP has long been a favorite of mine
From the 1976 album Jailbreak.
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@teamfreak16 (42458)
• Denver, Colorado
9 Jul 16
Cowboy Song is great. Just a great band.
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@Talknpen (1822)
• United States
14 Jul 16
Hello. Don't forget Jailbreak.
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@teamfreak16 (42458)
• Denver, Colorado
14 Jul 16
Oh, I love "Jailbreak," but it never hit the Top 40.
@Talknpen (1822)
• United States
14 Jul 16
@teamfreak16 Oh I see. It was a radio favorite and a hit for fans. One that I absolutely love.
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@teamfreak16 (42458)
• Denver, Colorado
14 Jul 16
@Talknpen - Yeah, big radio hit.
@amadeo (78184)
• United States
9 Jul 16
Never heard of this one Scott.thanks for the upkeep on this.
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@teamfreak16 (42458)
• Denver, Colorado
9 Jul 16
You're welcome, my friend.
@amadeo (78184)
• United States
9 Jul 16
@teamfreak16 You are very good in doing this.I wish that more here pay attention to it.They can learn.
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@teamfreak16 (42458)
• Denver, Colorado
9 Jul 16
@amadeo - Thanks! It would be nice, that's for sure.
@Tr8600 (144)
9 Jul 16
the music is really good :)
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@teamfreak16 (42458)
• Denver, Colorado
9 Jul 16
Thank you, glad you liked it.
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@Tr8600 (144)
9 Jul 16
@teamfreak16 pleasure :)
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@JohnRoberts (66926)
• Los Angeles, California
9 Jul 16
Classic rock station staple. I never cared for Thin Lizzy.
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@teamfreak16 (42458)
• Denver, Colorado
9 Jul 16
I liked them. Probably not for everyone, obviously.
@theBlock (2757)
• United States
9 Jul 16
@teamfreak16 What a cool song---love it!
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@teamfreak16 (42458)
• Denver, Colorado
9 Jul 16
Cool! Glad you liked it!
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@norcal (3212)
• Nevada City, California
9 Jul 16
For some reason this song made me think of another song. I don't really know why, other than it was from the same time period. This song doesn't really qualify for "One hit wonder" status, because Lee Michales did have one other hit in the top 40s with "Can I Get a Witness," which peaked at #39 on Christmas Day of 1971 Here is Lee Michaels' song "Do You Know What I Mean" the No. 19 song for 1971
Great 70's Classic.Did Anyone Ever Stop In The Middle Of The Song And Howl Like That? I Don't Think No One Ever Did That Before.Great Singing,Great Song. How...
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@teamfreak16 (42458)
• Denver, Colorado
9 Jul 16
Yes, I remember it well. I used to play it on the radio.
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@crossbones27 (22336)
• Redlands, California
9 Jul 16
I think this makes a good bar song. Could be fun to sing at Karaoke.
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@teamfreak16 (42458)
• Denver, Colorado
9 Jul 16
This isn't definitely a great jukebox song. Making me want a pitcher right about now.
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@Corbin5 (122428)
• United States
9 Jul 16
Know the song well, but never knew the name of the group. A good one!
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@teamfreak16 (42458)
• Denver, Colorado
9 Jul 16
Ah! Glad you learned something!
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@franxav (5929)
10 Jul 16
I'd love to listen to the song again and again.
• New Delhi, India
9 Jul 16
Seems like you are very busy, never had time for others discussions?
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• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10 Jul 16
Good song, I remember Eddie Murphy using it in a movie. Now I will be singing it all day!
• Preston, England
10 Jul 16
they had more success in the UK chart than in the US
@koopharper (6895)
• Canada
10 Jul 16
I remember hearing this one a lot but it was never a favorite. I don't mind hearing it but it never did much for me.
@FourWalls (16209)
• United States
10 Jul 16
You talk about a band that it's hard to believe was a one-hit wonder! I didn't even own a Thin Lizzy album when I saw them in 1978 but I knew nearly every song they sang because they were played so much on the radio. (Of course, that was FM radio in the good ol' days.). Grossly underrated band in the US.