The Rocker

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This article is about the Thin Lizzy single. For other uses, see Rocker (disambiguation).
"The Rocker"
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"
Released 1973
Format 7"
Genre Hard rock
Length 2:45
Label Decca
Writer(s) Phil Lynott, Brian Downey, Eric Bell
Producer(s) Nick Tauber and Phil Lynott

"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 promo video 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.[1] However, it became a live favourite and was the final track on the band's 1978 live album Live and Dangerous.

The song was remixed for the PlayStation 3 video game Gran Turismo 5: Prologue.

Raven have covered the song for their 1994 album Glow.

The song is featured in the soundtrack of the 2013 film Rush.[2]



  1. ^ "Irish Charts - Thin Lizzy". Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  2. ^ 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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