Searchlight on my trail
Tonight’s the night all systems fail
Hey you! Good looking female.
With those few words, any hopes that Thin Lizzy’s 1976 hit, Jailbreak, can be taken seriously are dashed upon the rocks of ass rock coast. But take one look at that album cover there on your right, and it’s pretty clear that maybe the band isn’t meant to be taken seriously.
You have to remember that the 70’s was a time of freedom for a lot of bands. Misguided freedom to be sure, par for the course to create an album full of braggadocio and thinly veiled metaphors for, um, doing it (“Jailbreak” ain’t about bustin out of the clink people), that was laid down on a bed of solid rock. In that sense many of the hits of that time have a lot in common with modern day hip hop, and unsurprisingly that style of songwriting was as patently ridiculous as it is now.
But it’s also strangely satsifying.