Thin Lizzy were surprised when this became their breakthrough hit – because they hadn't wanted it on their Jailbreak
album. Guitarist Scott Gorham
recalled to Classic Rock
: "We were playing in some club in the US when our manager came in and said, 'Well, looks like we've got a hit.' We were like, 'Which song?' Seriously, we didn't have any idea at all which song it was that had taken off for us."
"To tell you the truth, we weren't initially going to put 'The Boys Are Back In Town' on the Jailbreak
album at all," he continued. "Back then you picked 10 songs and went with those because of the time restrictions of vinyl."
"We recorded 15 songs, and of the 10 we picked, that wasn't one of them," Gorham added. "But then the management heard it and said, 'No, there's something really good about this song.' Although back then, it didn't yet have the twin guitar parts on it."