Additional information about this Phil Lynott vinyl art.
Phil Lynott – The Artist
Philip Parris Lynott (1949 – 1986) was an Irish musician and songwriter. His most commercially successful group was Thin Lizzy, of which he was a founding member, the principal songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist. He was known for his distinctive plectrum-based style on the bass, and for his imaginative lyrical contributions including working class tales and numerous characters drawn from personal influences and Celtic culture. Lynott was born in the West Midlands but grew up in Dublin with his grandparents. He remained close to his mother, Philomena, throughout his life. He fronted several bands as a lead vocalist, including Skid Row alongside Gary Moore, before learning the bass guitar and forming Thin Lizzy in 1969. After initial success with “Whiskey in the Jar”, the band had several hits in the mid-1970s with hits such as “The Boys Are Back in Town”, “Jailbreak” and “Waiting for an Alibi”, and became a popular live attraction combining Lynott’s vocal and songwriting skills with dual lead guitars.
Yellow Pearl – The Song
Yellow Pearl is a song recorded by Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott, originally for his 1980 solo album, Solo in Soho. It was written by Lynott and Midge Ure, who was a temporary member of Thin Lizzy at the time, and who later went on to join Ultravox. It was subsequently remixed and released again on Lynott’s second album, The Philip Lynott Album. The remixed version was used as the theme music to the British music chart television programme, Top of the Pops, from 1981 to 1986. “Yellow Pearl” originated during a Thin Lizzy tour of Japan in September 1979, during which time Midge Ure was playing keyboards in the band.
The Geisha Girl – The Shape
Modelled into the head of a Japanese Geisha girl which was heavily featured in the promotional video for the song. Geisha are Japanese women who entertain through performing the ancient traditions of art, dance and singing, and are distinctively characterised by their wearing of kimono and oshiroi makeup. Contrary to popular belief, geisha are not the Eastern equivalent of a prostitute; a misconception originating in the West due to interactions with Japanese oiran courtesans, whose traditional attire is similar to that of geisha.
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