Weekly Abysmal Video – 10/24/11

This week’s WAV is from arguably the most underrated rock band of all time, Thin Lizzy.  Always proud of his Irish heritage, Phil Lynott (RIP) and crew were so mis-marketed in America it was ridiculous.  Because of this, they could never really follow up the success of that song (you know the one I’m talking about).  They were never a heavy metal band, yet their marketing was aimed at metalheads.  They were ultimately too diverse and not really heavy enough to be metal.  Just a great rock band.

Lynott always commanded the most attention, followed by the trend-setting guitar duo of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson…the guitar duo most responsible for bringing twin lead harmonies to the forefront and making them important to the hook of any given song.

And then there’s Brian Downey…a drummer who seems to have always been under the radar and completely escaped my attention. You rarely see his name mentioned with the great rock drummers, yet he absolutely deserves to be mentioned with them…a fact that is obvious on the Live and Dangerous video.  Downey is a champion.

From that video is one of my favorite Thin Lizzy tracks.  One that captures the diversity of their sound and Phil Lynott’s penchant for painting vivid pictures with his storytelling.

Enjoy Abysmally…

As a chaser, I found this cool version of the song as done acoustic by Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins…