Cover of the German single release
L–R: Bell, Downey, Lynott
|Single by Thin Lizzy|
|from the album Vagabonds of the Western World|
|B-side||"Here I Go Again" or "A Ride in the Lizzy Mobile"|
|Songwriter(s)||Phil Lynott, Brian Downey, Eric Bell|
|Producer(s)||Nick Tauber and Phil Lynott|
|Thin Lizzy singles chronology|
"The Rocker" is a song by Irish rock group Thin Lizzy, included on their 1973 album Vagabonds of the Western World. It was also released as a single in a 2:41 edited format, the original album track stretching to 5:17, most of the extra length being taken up by an extended guitar solo by Eric Bell. There is an accompanying performance on Dutch TV programme TopPop to the song which features Gary Moore recorded during his short spell with the band during 1974.
The B-side of the single in most territories was the album track "Here I Go Again", but in Germany the non-album track "A Ride in the Lizzy Mobile" was featured. This track later appeared on the 4-CD box set Vagabonds, Kings, Warriors, Angels as "Cruising in the Lizzy Mobile".
The single failed to chart in the UK, but reached No. 11 in Ireland and spent four weeks in the chart. However, it became a live favourite and was one of the few songs from Eric Bell's time with the band to survive his departure and become part of the live repertoire of the Brian Robertson/Scott Gorham lineup (who performed the song in a lower key than the original). It was the final track on the band's 1978 live album Live and Dangerous.
- Thin Lizzy (Lynott/Downey/Moore) The Rocker, TopPop, AVRO, early 1974
- "Irish Charts - Thin Lizzy". www.irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
- Jagernauth, Kevin (2013-08-28). "Watch: New Clip From 'Rush' Plus Details On The Soundtrack Which Includes David Bowie, Thin Lizzy & Hans Zimmer". IndieWire. Retrieved 2013-09-22.
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