Opium Trail

Album: Bad Reputation (1977)

Songfacts®:

  • According to front man Phil Lynott's biographer Stuart Bailie, "Opium Trail" from the Bad Reputation album was inspired by a TV drama on triads, "a worrying obsession with Phil". Although Bailie may have been speaking with the wisdom of hindsight, there is no denying the core truth of this claim. On August 20, 1981 - his thirty-second birthday - Lynott was fined £200 at Kingston Crown Court for possessing cocaine. He said afterwards he was very concerned about the effect the conviction would have on his career. This should have been the least of his worries; on January 4, 1986 he died in Salisbury Infirmary from complications due to his addiction to heroin. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

Comments: 2

  • Jim from Christchurch, New ZealandPhil went prog on this song, one of his best songs ever!
  • Paul from Rothesay, Nb, CanadaWhat a killer track. Phil was a great songwriter, singer, front man...and a superb bass player, as this song proves!
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