Welcome Aboard IceHouse Wong

I am now introducing a new blogger to the ranks of guerillamusic.wordpress.com

Welcome Icehouse Wong who has a unique and special skill at listening to music and then writing about it. Everyone:
Icehouse Wong Face Book
He has other bio information there so you can learn more about him.

And here is his first contribution which is a discovery piece on Thin Lizzy. Expect more from Adam in the coming weeks.

Ohio was deep in Winter, foot-high snow everywhere. I wasn’t there under the
happiest of circumstances: my aunt had died and we’d spent twelve hours driving
up to Columbus from Humboldt, TN. There wasn’t much to do, holed up in the snow
like we were, except listen to my uncle’s ton of vinyl, which definitely wasn’t
a problem. He and I, both, were pretty deep in the bag; he was coming up the
home stretch on a mess of Miller Lights, I was about three-fourths of the way
down a road called Livingston.
Uncle Bud got tired of not picking up any radio stations because of the snow
and told me to pick out a record. I had no idea where to start, and I think I
eventually picked out something middle-of-the-road, something everybody had
heard enough to recognize and enjoy enough for background music. Bud sat through
two songs, brooding like he did, before hopping up with one of his patented,
impassioned outbursts.
“No, no, this ain’t gonna do it. Man, I’ve got something you need to hear. Most
underrated rock and roll band of the seventies.”
He went to the racks and pulled Thin Lizzy’s Jailbreak from the shelf. At the
time, I (much like everyone else) had heard “The Boys Are Back In Town” about
two shy of a million times and wasn’t much interested, but I listened for his
sake. The title track, too, was another Classic Rock radio staple, and Uncle Bud
could see in my expression that the music was boring me. I got up, I can’t
remember why, and when I did, I was admonished again.
“You sit back down! We are going to navigate this entire damn record and you
are going to absolutely go crazy for them.”
Again I humored him. But this time I really sunk back into my seat and began to
absorb the sounds. Side A was and still is some of the most high-powered,
testosterone-driven absolutely masculine proto-metal, down ‘n’ gritty rock and
roll I think I’ve ever heard.
Lynott and Company certainly know how to play a picture. The music created
great, epic, guitar-driven soundtracks to accompany their sprawling words
telling great Irish tales of vagabonds and ne’er do wells and the adventures
they live. Uncle Bud was half-right, I was really getting into the album, but
his prophecy didn’t entirely fulfill until hearing the last two songs on the
First was the masterpiece “Cowboy Song”, almost Jailbreak’s own “Stairway to
Heaven” as it grew from initially soft, lullaby tones and hushed prairie lyrics
into an impossibly gigantic wall of anthemic outlaw rock and roll guitar licks
and drum attacks. It’s follow-up, and the last track of the album, was the
medieval “Emerald”. It told a sprawling knights-and-sorcery tale of Irish myth
and folklore, backed by the most intense, rock guitar riff-attack the likes of
which Ireland’s hills and dales were not prepared for.
I don’t remember much of the funeral we went to the next day, honestly. I tried
to block it out with self-medication. And I do regret that, but the funeral is
not the point. The point is that Uncle Bud was absolutely right, Thin Lizzy was
the most underrated rock band of the seventies (although, in my opinion, they
are part of a riffadelic trifecta that went unappreciated, the other two being
Grand Funk Railroad and Deep Purple) and if you don’t love Jailbreak, we’re not
friends anymore.
Icehouse Wong

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