From 1973’s “Vagabonds of the Western World,” here’s one of Thin Lizzy’s best songs: “The Rocker.” Thin Lizzy is one of those bands I’ve grown increasingly fond of over the years. They’re a terrific, unpretentious hard rock band with soul. In America, I think they’re ridiculously underrated and aside from “The Boys are Back in Town,” “Jailbreak,” and maybe “Whiskey in the Jar,” you’d never know they’d ever recorded anything else.
“The Rocker” is a great balls-out 70s hard rock song. While it failed to chart in the US and Britain, it did get as high as #11 in Ireland. The extended guitar solo by Eric Bell on this song is one of the sickest solos in rock history. The song appeared last year in the critically acclaimed-Ron Howard film “Rush.”