Spotted just west of Toronto’s Ossington Avenue:
The beginning of the ’80s signalled a new Irish band that would top the charts for many years, but it all began with this: I Will Follow by U2.
The first single and lead track from their first album Boy, U2′s Bono wrote the song in memory of his Mum, who died when he was 14 years old.
Although not achieving chart status in the UK in 1980 when released, the single did hit the US, Canada, Dutch and Australian charts, when released consequently in 1981 and 1983.
But the single has become a notable one of the band, as its played at almost every live performance of the band since 1980, and is included in several of the concert films made by the band.
The single has become one of the key songs of U2 and a live favourite – listen to an 1980 version here, from the band’s big show at Red Rocks, which became a fan favourite video on MTV and MuchMusic.
This band has been successful for over three decades, with notable albums and massive world tours, but this first single from their first album lives on as a rock single that certainly doesn’t disappoint.
For this Irish band, success hit after a worldwide hit with a song the band didn’t love – Whiskey in a Jar – but soon their name became synonymous with their next hit “The Boys are Back in Town.”
Embarking on their first tour of the US in 1975, Thin Lizzy went on the road with Bachman Turner Overdrive (BTO) and Bob Seger, Later in the year, BTO toured Europe, bringing Thin Lizzy with them, giving them more exposure.
In 1976 the band recorded their sixth studio album – Jailbreak – with the lead single “The Boys are Back in Town.” Reaching number 8 on the UK charts and number 12 on the US Billboard charts, the album and single put Thin Lizzy into the pop culture spotlight.
Written by lead singer Phil Lynott, the song was his view of being on the road and returning home. Listen to the original version here.
With the strength of this lead single, and the follow up single “Jailbreak”, the band went on tour with hot bands of the time, including REO Speedwagon, Rush and Aerosmith.
In various incarnations, Thin Lizzy continued on into the next decade, but the song remains a classic rock standard from the 1970s.