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(Some shocked guy)   For some reason, Styx decided it would be a good idea to release a cover of "I Am the Walrus" in 2004. Amazingly, it doesn't suck   ( ) divider line 236
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2004-12-20 08:18:05 AM  
"The walrus was Paul ... I buried Paul ... yes, he's dead."
2004-12-20 08:28:07 AM  
For Styx 20 years later, it doesn't suck. That isn't really saying much, but it is probably better than the version Avril Lasagna would do.
2004-12-20 08:31:45 AM  
Yes, it doesn't suck. I say 100% less Dennis De Young and a good song will do that for you.

Honnestly these guys could always play their insturments, they just played cheese with them.

One more argument that the Beatles rule.
2004-12-20 08:32:55 AM  
I enjoyed it. It rocks without going overboard. Fundamentally, there's that ostinato of real hard rock underneath, with nothing unnecessary going on. An exercise in restraint.

2004-12-20 08:37:48 AM  
What a way to start monday, today is monday right? A flashback to the '80s. I can't wait for the link of Axle Rose doing Purple Rain.
2004-12-20 08:38:16 AM  
I heard this on the radio last month and about died when the DJ said Styx.

Sounded pretty good to me.
2004-12-20 08:41:09 AM  
Broktun--same here. I never thought Styx--especially current, 1980s nostalgia Styx would come out with something that decent (though the "I am the WAAAAAAAAAALLLLRUUUSSSSS" ending kinda skews things a bit for me).
2004-12-20 08:41:17 AM  
This cover is pointless and the video was teh stoopid.

Anyone who wants to should hear Jim Carrey's (yes - Jim Carrey's) cover of this song. It's actually pretty good, but you get what you'd expect from Carrey.
2004-12-20 08:46:00 AM  
I listen to the original almost daily, and I think this cover sucks.

Johnny Cash did the best covers: Hurt, One, Personal Jesus....

RIP Man in Black
2004-12-20 08:51:44 AM  
I find the lack of Styx-bashing on this thread incredibly disturbing.

You people realize this is Styx, right? STYX!!!

Anyone defending this band or not outright mocking them should have their names put in some kind of sexual predator database.
2004-12-20 08:54:41 AM  
Following are Juno Awards nominations that Lawrence Gowan has received:

1983 - Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year
1985 - Album of the Year: Strange Animal
1985 - Single of the Year: A Criminal Mind
1985, 1987, 1991 - Male Vocalist of the Year
1987 - Canadian Entertainer of the Year
1987 - Album of the Year: Great Dirty World
1985 - won Juno for Best Album Graphics - Rob MacIntyre/Dimo Safari/Strange Animal/Gowan

The guys brilliant. I agree.
2004-12-20 08:55:42 AM  
saw them last month, at the end of the show each band memeber seemed to get to play their own cover song. gowan did criminal mind of course, which was pretty good, james young did a hendrix tune that was god awfull. all in all the walrus riff sounded real good.
2004-12-20 09:04:54 AM  
I thought that the whole purpose of covering a tune was because the tune you were covering was a good song. The Beatles sucked (except for George), their music sucked, and any covers of their music will therefore inherently suck as well. Even more so if the band covering the music sucks.

2004-12-20 09:09:05 AM  

You people realize this is Styx, right? STYX!!!

Anyone defending this band or not outright mocking them should have their names put in some kind of sexual predator database.

couldn't agree with you more
2004-12-20 09:09:49 AM  
Styx's "Babe" is one of the most important and heartfelt songs of our time. It met makes me weep, yet it is so full of hope and love.
2004-12-20 09:10:32 AM  
How can he be the Walrus?? I thought he was Kilroy, a modren man!

/in a related story, Ringo Starr was recently overheard saying "Domo arigato" while taking out the garbage at Benihana
2004-12-20 09:11:55 AM  
Men Without Hats did it better, believe it or not. (Link goes to audio from Allmusic, no guarantees.)
2004-12-20 09:12:45 AM  
Styx rules-it's good to see them getting some more appreciation these days.
2004-12-20 09:18:09 AM  
Hi, I'm your new neighbor. I like Styx, and your 10-year old. Yep. It's me.

Only 99 more doors to knock on...
2004-12-20 09:22:26 AM  
Great covers:
Dolly Parton: Stairway to Heaven
Luxt: Saftey Dance
Johnny Cash: Hurt
Apollo 440: Don't Fear The Reaper
Metallica: Astronomy

In addition, I Am The walrus was pretty much crap to start with. Remakes being poor shouldn't be much of a surprise.
2004-12-20 09:24:05 AM  
Ummm, uhhhh, nice, if you like karaoke. The video, however, made my brain bleed.
2004-12-20 09:27:53 AM  
This makes perfect sense. I can remember the December John Lennon died...anytime there was an interview with rock and roll personalities (like on newlyborn MTV), the death of Lennon would inevitably come up. Styx did an interview on Rockline around that time, and they talked extensively about their love for the Beatles, and how much the DeYoung brothers had been influenced and inspired by them. They attempted on many albums to capture the thematic continuity of Beatle albums "Sgt. Pepper" and "Abbey Road".

Their version isn't bad, but it sucks due to the lack of it actually being The Beatles doing it.
2004-12-20 09:30:06 AM  
At least there was no Dennis DeYoung Mr. Roboto shiat...
2004-12-20 09:32:10 AM  
Not only is the video truly awful and dated, the song is a bar band karaoke version of the original.
2004-12-20 09:35:54 AM  
Everyone's said everything for me as far as how many ways this sucks. I willo add that the lead singer needs to reevaluate the image he is trying to project. I wonder why you never hear any musicians talk about what an influence Styx was for them.......

If voting was enabled, Qermag would get mine. Thanks for the morning laugh.
2004-12-20 09:36:35 AM  
Nice to know these guys are still alive and not in jail or a back alley somewhere.

The jig is up,the news is out, they finally found me. The renegade who had it made. Retrieved for a bounty.
Nevermore to go astray,the Judge will have revenge today. On the wanted man.
2004-12-20 09:38:02 AM  
Willo= will also. Must preview harder next time.
2004-12-20 09:39:17 AM  
im afraid yes it does suck
2004-12-20 09:39:35 AM  
I can't believe nobody on here has mentioned the mighty Oasis' cover of I am the Walrus! 'Cos OASIS RULES!!! :)

/seriously though, it *IS* a good cover. Much harder than the Beatles or Styx ever did it.
2004-12-20 09:40:26 AM  
Cover - acceptable, nothing spectacular.

Video - good grief. That's the best someone could come up with? "If the song mentions the Eiffel Tower, I'd better show them the Eiffel Tower. That'll shock them." Blech.
2004-12-20 09:44:07 AM  
These guys have too much time on their hands.
2004-12-20 09:44:22 AM  
dear god that video is terrible but the song is okay, but unacceptable in my book. U2 doing helter skelter, that was pretty cool version or phish covering the white album was good. This is just bad, and I like styx
2004-12-20 09:44:51 AM  
Can someone with better html skills put up the pictures of tommy shaw of styx and comedienne david spade next to each other. i swear they were separated at birth. stringy blond hair, blue eyes, weak chin, big forehead, generally kinda goofy looking.

/not that i'm no model either
2004-12-20 09:52:06 AM  
I was never a huge Styx fan, but for some reason, this song really moved me. Never has a song filled me with such emotion. I actually had to leave my desk becasue I was crying only a minute into the video. I'm not sure I've ever witnessed a more beautiful, earnest piece of art. Thank you Styx. Thank you from all us dreamers out there!
2004-12-20 09:54:14 AM  
mindbuzz--tell me that was sarcasm.

Please. of the worst bands of that dreadful era...I used to say that Styx, Foreigner, and Boston were actually the same band, just rotating vocalists as necessary.

They all sucked beyond the telling of it.
2004-12-20 09:54:17 AM  
Dear god, Styx were hands down the most egregious purveyors of cheese-rock ever to crawl out of the 70's. They should all be kicked in the box and shoved, repeatedly.

Slathering up a perfectly good Beatles song with a thick layer of their own noxious smarm, and then releasing it, amounts to a crime against humanity in my book.
2004-12-20 09:57:16 AM  
The Beatles sucked (except for George), their music sucked, and any covers of their music will therefore inherently suck as well.

Stay where you are. The Office of Homeland Security has been dispatched to your house, where a search of your closets will no doubt turn up stacks of work by Creed, The Spice Girls, and Limp Bizkit.

Afterwards, you will be scheduled for re-Neducation.
2004-12-20 10:05:08 AM  
How many members have to change before the band can't keep using the same name?

The only original members of Styx left are Chuck Panozzo and James Young. (Tommy Shaw joined the band before they became big, but he's not an original member).
2004-12-20 10:10:39 AM  

Some other good re-interpretive covers:

Ruben Blades - The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul.
Softcell - Tainted Love
Fountains of Wayne - Baby One More Time (seriously)
LMP - Only Happy When it Rains
Thea Gilmore - Straight Up
Glow - Dancing Queen
Estradasphere - Super Mario Bros 2 Theme
Ash - Cantina Theme
Max Raabe - Super Trooper
Dream Academy - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
Cake - I Will Survive
Brian Dewan - R2D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Siouxie and the Banshees - Trust in Me (The song that the snake sings in Disney's "The Jungle Book"
...Oh, and don't forget
All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
2004-12-20 10:14:35 AM  

I thought that the whole purpose of covering a tune was because the tune you were covering was a good song. The Beatles sucked (except for George), their music sucked, and any covers of their music will therefore inherently suck as well. Even more so if the band covering the music sucks.

Nice trolling there. There's something wrong with someone who thinks The Beatles sucked.
2004-12-20 10:19:10 AM  
These guys have too much time on their hands.


My favorite Beatles remake is "I Call Your Name" by the Mamas and the Papas.
2004-12-20 10:35:34 AM  
For those wondering if Billy Bob Thornton was in the video.

"Cyclorama features a few short surprises, including a lead vocal turn by Billy Bob Thornton on the eclectic Bourgeois Pig"

I would say probably.
2004-12-20 10:39:35 AM  
Actually, Cartman's cover of Styx's "Come Sail Away" was excellent.
2004-12-20 10:42:58 AM  
Ant: Or just a different personal preference? I don't like the Beatles but I tolerate them because so many other people apparently think they are worthwhile. I think the whole lot of you are crazy, but thats me. The OP did go a bit overboard with his statements about the Beatles, but not entirely trolling.
2004-12-20 10:43:21 AM  
Anyone else notice the drummer was wearing a Darkness shirt?

I can't think of a better way to say 'past our prime.'

If there was any justice in the world it'd be the drummer from the Darkness wearing a Styx shirt.
2004-12-20 10:44:12 AM  
While we're talking about horrible covers, can I nominate:

Limp Bizkit covering Behind Blue Eyes by the Who.

Now, the band alone should just tell you it's awful without even hearing it. But what makes it truly unbearable is that after you suffer through the beginning with Durst's auto-whine voice, where the song actually changes up a little, instead of learning 2 more chords, the band repeats what they've done with a moron chanting out the spelling of the band's name. So they only cover a portion of the song. I guess that's adding their "special something."

John Entwhistle rolls in his grave.
2004-12-20 10:44:58 AM  
"Styx stynx".
2004-12-20 10:45:45 AM  
This cover goes to 11.
2004-12-20 10:48:18 AM  
Actually, Cartman's cover of Styx's "Come Sail Away" was excellent.

I am always fond of Cartman's cover of Asia - Heat of the Moment...
2004-12-20 10:49:22 AM  
They played this song at rock fest this year. It farking rocked, as did their entire set. It was great, except the entire time all I could think of was that the new keyboardist looked exactly like Dana Carvey doing the george michaels "look at my ass" skit.
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