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 32nd 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.
Alexander Baron - London, England