Bad Reputation (Thin Lizzy album)
|Studio album by Thin Lizzy|
|Released||2 September 1977|
|Recorded||May – June 1977 in Toronto|
|Label||Vertigo (UK, Canada)
|Thin Lizzy chronology|
Bad Reputation is the eighth studio album by the Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1977. As the front cover suggests, most of the tracks feature only three-quarters of the band, with guitarist Brian Robertson only credited on three tracks. He had missed most of their previous tour, following an injury sustained in a brawl, and this album turned out to be his last studio effort with Thin Lizzy.
Bad Reputation reached No. 4 in the UK Albums Chart. The single "Dancing in the Moonlight (It's Caught Me in Its Spotlight)" reached No. 14 in the UK Singles Chart in September 1977. The track should not be confused (although often it is) with a similarly titled song, "Dancing in the Moonlight"; recorded by King Harvest and Toploader, amongst others.
Hailing Bad Reputation as an improvement on the previous album, Johnny the Fox, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic described the album as "leaner and tougher" than its predecessor, partly due to the influence of producer Tony Visconti. He claimed that Robertson's absence was not noticeable due to Scott Gorham's "double duty", and that this was "pure visceral rock & roll, the hardest and heaviest that Thin Lizzy ever made". He considered Bad Reputation as a rival to Jailbreak as the band's best studio album.
Cover versions and other uses
Although it was not released as a single, the title track became a live staple. A cover version of the song is a playable track in the 2006 music video game Guitar Hero II, and the Thin Lizzy version was featured in the soundtrack of the 2001 documentary movie Dogtown and Z-Boys.
The Smashing Pumpkins covered "Dancing in the Moonlight (It's Caught Me in Its Spotlight)" for various live performances, turning the upbeat, overlaid melody of the original into a slowly paced acoustic tune.
British indie pop singer-songwriter Diana Vickers covered the song as the first of several covers used as teasers leading up to the release of her second studio album.
All songs written by Phil Lynott except as indicated.
- "Soldier of Fortune" – 5:18
- "Bad Reputation" (Brian Downey, Scott Gorham, Lynott) – 3:09
- "Opium Trail" (Downey, Gorham, Lynott) – 3:58
- "Southbound" – 4:27
- "Dancing in the Moonlight (It's Caught Me in Its Spotlight)" – 3:26
- "Killer Without a Cause" (Gorham, Lynott) – 3:33
- "Downtown Sundown" – 4:08
- "That Woman's Gonna Break Your Heart" – 3:25
- "Dear Lord" (Gorham, Lynott) – 4:26
- "Dancing in the Moonlight (It's Caught Me in Its Spotlight)" / "Bad Reputation" – 29 July 1977
On 27 June 2011, a new remastered and expanded version of Bad Reputation was released. This version features the following bonus tracks:
- "Killer Without a Cause" (BBC Session 01/08/1977)
- "Bad Reputation" (BBC Session 01/08/1977)
- "That Woman's Gonna Break Your Heart" (BBC Session 01/08/1977)
- "Dancing in the Moonlight (It's Caught Me in It's Spotlight)" (BBC Session 01/08/1977)
- "Downtown Sundown" (BBC Session 01/08/1977)
- "Me and the Boys" (Soundcheck) (Universal Monitor Mixes)
- Phil Lynott – bass guitar, lead vocals, string machine, harmonica
- Scott Gorham – lead and rhythm guitar
- Brian Robertson – lead guitar on tracks 3, 6 and 8, vox box, keyboards
- Brian Downey – drums, percussion
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Bad Reputation review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-06-22.
- Mark Putterford, "Philip Lynott: The Rocker", Castle, 1994
- "Chart Stats - Thin Lizzy". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 555–556. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Allmusic > Song Search Results > Dancing in the Moonlight".