In 1978, not long after I turned 15, I went with some similarly-aged friends, caught a ferry into the city and walked around to stand on the steps of the iconic Sydney Opera House and watch a free concert, sponsored by the hippest radio station of that time, 2SM, and featuring headliners Thin Lizzy, as well as Wha Koo (who?), Jon English and a personal favourite, The Sports.
But it was Lizzy we were there to see and they didn't disappoint. Here they were, one of my childhood hero bands, playing live in front of me (and thousands of others). I have a vivid memory of standing on top of a garbage bin so I could watch them perform Bad Reputation live. Of all the bands I idolised as a teenager, these guys were the first I ever saw live. It was a defining moment of my teens, hanging with friends, sharing cigarettes and sneaky sips of warm beer while listening to music. I spent a lot of my life since then doing more or less the same thing.
More importantly, hearing them do The Boys Are Back In Town and being part of that crowd singing along, at such a time and in such a setting, I just knew I wanted to be a musician. Thinking back now, this event probably set a precedent. Seems as though the most significant times of my life have occurred at a rock and roll show. And for that, I'm truly and deeply grateful.
VERDICT: TURN IT UP
This album came to our house because of a mix-up by a friend of mine. She'd heard a song on the radio and was convinced it was Thin Lizzy, so she bought the CD. Turned out to be someone else entirely, but it did kind of sound like Rosalie - although I've completely forgotten who it was.
So given that she knew YourZ is a rock pig from way back, she figured it'd find a good home at ours. And it has, although I have to admit I haven't given it nearly enough listens. Again, the complaint - too much good music, not enough time.
And this time I have no feel-good, musical-moment tale to tell. I will say that I knew more of the songs on this album than I thought I did, and had a good time rocking out to them. As a final note to self: don't play this in the car again, it encourages speeding.
VERDICT: TURN IT UP anyway
For more information go to http://www.thinlizzy.org/