Jailbreak (Thin Lizzy song)
UK single sleeve featuring (L–R): Robertson, Gorham, Lynott and Downey
|Single by Thin Lizzy|
|from the album Jailbreak|
"Jailbreak" is a song by Thin Lizzy that originally appeared as the title track on their 1976 album Jailbreak. Along with "The Boys Are Back in Town", it is one of their most popular songs, and is a classic rock radio staple, receiving steady airplay.
It is typical of the band's music, with the dual lead guitar harmony and Brian Robertson's use of the wah-wah pedal. Phil Lynott's lyrics about a prison break are the typical personification of the "tough guys", also seen in "The Boys Are Back in Town" and the regular concert closer and fan favourite "The Rocker". An alternate version of the song appeared on the bonus disc of the 2011 remastered deluxe edition of the Jailbreak album, featuring a short spoken introduction and additional guitar parts throughout.
Use in media
"Jailbreak" is featured in the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV on the radio station Liberty Rock Radio 97.8.
On 3 February 2009, a live version of the song (from the Still Dangerous live album) was released as download content for the Rock Band series as part of a Thin Lizzy pack (which also contained versions of "The Boys Are Back in Town" and "Cowboy Song" from the same album). The 1976 master of the song is featured in the video game Guitar Hero 5.
|Song by Anthrax from the album Anthems|
|Released||March 1, 2013|
|Producer||Anthrax, Jay Ruston, Rob Caggiano|
|Anthems track listing|
Supersuckers performed it on their 2004 live album Live at The Magic Bag, Ferndale, MI
A live cover of the song by Jon Bon Jovi was also used as the b-side to "Queen of New Orleans".
The Minnesota-based glam metal band Slave Raider covered the song on their second album, What Do You Know About Rock 'N Roll?, in 1988.
"Jailbreak" is sampled heavily in the Girl Talk song "Don't Stop."
Europe covered the song with Scott Gorham as a special guest during Europe's 30th anniversary concert at Sweden Rock Festival in 2013, a concert which was released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Gary Moore plays the song, in festival One Night in Dublin live.
Blue Öyster Cult covered the song live (featuring guitarist Al Pitrelli) in 1999.
Grave Digger released cover on their EP Ballads of a Hangman in 2009.
- Phil Lynott – bass guitar, vocals, acoustic guitar
- Scott Gorham – lead and rhythm guitars
- Brian Robertson – lead and rhythm guitars
- Brian Downey – drums, percussion