Phil Lynott's mother deeply upset by the Mitt Romney campaign's use of Thin Lizzy music
If you were slightly sickened by the sight, last week, of Paul Ryan taking the GOP Convention stage to the strains of Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town", you're not alone.
Yesterday Philomena Lynott--mother of Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott, who wrote and sang that 1976 ode to youthful rowdiness--told Hot Press that she was "really upset" by the Mitt Romney campaign's use of her son's material for the Republican cause.
Ryan--a non-rocker if ever I've seen one--has been trying to give himself a modicum of cred by saying things like: "My playlist, it starts with AC/DC and it ends with Zeppelin." Apparently the guy's love of boogie doesn't extend all the way to ZZ Top. And I somehow doubt that he spends much time grooving to the soaring dual-leads of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson.
"I am really upset at Philip's music being used in Mitt Romney's campaign in a political way that Philip would not have approved of," said Lynott. "As far as I am concerned, Mitt Romney's opposition to gay marriage and to civil unions for gays makes him anti-gay--which is not something that Philip would have supported.
"Neither would Philip have supported his policy of taxing the poor and offering tax cuts to the rich, which Paul Ryan is advocating. There is certainly no way that I would want the Lynott name to be associated with any of those ideas."
The 81-year-old Lynott--who had a bestselling autobiography about her son, My Boy, published last year--went on to praise Romney and Ryan's arch rival.
"There is a black President of America, which to me--as it would have been to Philip, as a proud, black Irishman--is wonderfully symbolic. I have a lot of time for Barack Obama, so to hear 'The Boys Are Back in Town' being appropriated by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in their campaign against him is deeply upsetting."
Even if I'm wrong and Romney and Ryan are closet Thin Lizzy freaks, they should at least choose a Lizzy tune that's more appropriate to their campaign, like maybe "Dear Lord", "Got to Give It Up", or "It's Getting Dangerous". Here's the most apt theme song I can think of:
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