Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Back to the 70s

Peter at Detectives Beyond Borders has written on Whiskey in the Jar, the much recorded song about an Irish highwayman and his double-crossing gal. I was thirteen years old when Thin Lizzy hit the UK charts with their version. Peter's post made me want to hear it one more time. (I'm with Declan Burke on this — I think Thin Lizzy's is the best version — but YMMV.)

3 comments:

Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks for posting this. I like the guitar intro after the initial fuzzy noodling, and I like the harmonies on the first line of the chorus. And the spin Thin Lizzy puts on the last lines hits hard.

But for the most part, I think the song is grafted uneasily onto rock and roll rhythms. The Wikiepedia entry where I read some basic information about "Whiskey in the Jar" said Thin Lizzy gave the song "a rock veneer," and I think veneer is right. Apologies to all you folks who grew up with the song!
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"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"
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Snail said...

I was pondering on this while I was reading the comments at your place. It's true --- the songs you grow up with have a significance that is not transferable. But it was competing with stuff by the Osmonds, Gary Glitter, Lieutenant Pigeon, Tony Orlando and the outpourings of Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, so it was something a bit different at the time.

You've ignited much nostalgia among your readers and I'm enjoying it tremendously!

Peter Rozovsky said...

I see from a comment on my blog that the song appears to have meant much to Roddy Doyle as well. From a strictly scientific point of view, it may help that I don't think Thin Lizzy's version is that great. It will force me to think more carefully about why its appeal was so strong.
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Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"
http://www.detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot.com/