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(TampaBay.com (St. Petersburg Tim)   Dennis DeYoung on the Mr. Roboto controversy that destroyed Styx: "I should have had that robot mask made larger"   (tampabay.com) divider line 96
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2012-02-22 01:29:37 PM  
What is the censored word in the preamble, there?

"...which only pointed out clearly how absolutely c----- my songs were compared to Mozart." "

Thanks,
thwartme
 
2012-02-22 02:13:02 PM  

Thwartme: What is the censored word in the preamble, there?

"...which only pointed out clearly how absolutely c----- my songs were compared to Mozart." "

Thanks,
thwartme


Crappy?

I guess tampabay.com has some strict sensors.
 
2012-02-22 02:38:17 PM  
Actually, I thought that as a concept album Kilroy was pretty sound and could easily be adapted now as a Jukebox Musical. It would make more sense than a musical about ABBA.
 
2012-02-22 02:49:03 PM  
He still doesn't get it it, does he?
 
2012-02-22 02:49:08 PM  
Styx is so cheesy, vegans can't listen to it.
 
2012-02-22 02:49:28 PM  

Thwartme: What is the censored word in the preamble, there?


Coonty.
 
2012-02-22 02:51:43 PM  
Tommy Shaw talks about trying to play that song at Texas Motor Speedway at the end of a long day of concerts at the festival. After spending all day in the sun drinking and high on crank as he said, the locals were less than receptive to a robot from Japan.

/felt bad for Shaw, he still looks embarassed just TALKING about it
 
2012-02-22 02:52:35 PM  
First Rock concert I ever went to in, pretty cool for an 11 yr old. I remember they started off with an ~15 minute movie which lead to Mr. Roboto.

/domo
 
2012-02-22 02:54:46 PM  
FTFA: It is the music of the artists that are more pretentious, pompous or closer to the kind of big dramatic stylings that orchestras are good with."

Pot, meet kettle. That man still has an ego the size of Lake Michigan.

/problem is, he's right and has no compunctions about letting everyone know
//saw him live a few yrs ago with Mr. C
/still a great voice
 
2012-02-22 02:54:50 PM  
The best song on "Kilroy Was Here"; Don't Let It End, has nothing to do with the silly narrative concept of the rest of the album.
 
2012-02-22 02:55:38 PM  

mdbuff12: the locals were less than receptive to a robot from Japan.


They may not like a robot from japan but they'll still vote for Mitt.
 
2012-02-22 02:57:19 PM  
I like....no...LOVE Mr. Roboto!
/ain't ashamed
 
2012-02-22 02:59:43 PM  

mdbuff12: Tommy Shaw talks about trying to play that song at Texas Motor Speedway at the end of a long day of concerts at the festival. After spending all day in the sun drinking and high on crank as he said, the locals were less than receptive to a robot from Japan.

/felt bad for Shaw, he still looks embarassed just TALKING about it


Yeah, those are the people I'd worry about impressing, too.
 
2012-02-22 03:00:22 PM  
Mr. Roboto was a mere traffic violation next to "Babe."
 
2012-02-22 03:02:33 PM  
I've never really hated STYX, never had any strong feeling one way or another, but an old girlfriend's college roommate would play Come Sail Away over and over and over and over when she was drunk.

But, if you can play the piano intro to that tune, it drives the chicks wild. Some of them, at least.
 
2012-02-22 03:04:03 PM  

MrEricSir: Styx is so cheesy, vegans can't listen to it.


This.

I despise Styx. Their music makes me stabby.

That said, "Mr. Roboto" is firmly in the "So bad it's good" camp, so it puts a smile on my face when I hear it.
 
2012-02-22 03:15:32 PM  
Also you've gotta watch out for the robot hand.... getting stuck in the stair-car. (new window)


/domo-arrigato
//now all we need is some ATHF pics, and we're good to go
 
2012-02-22 03:16:40 PM  
The "Paradise" LP had a wicked laser print on it.
 
2012-02-22 03:17:59 PM  
Thanks a farking lot,subby:Now Mr.Roboto will playing in my head for the rest of the day.
 
2012-02-22 03:18:55 PM  
I was literally just listening to Mr. Roboto, so I'm getting a kick.
 
2012-02-22 03:19:48 PM  
This isn't going to make the AP or anything, but there isn't that much call for accordion players anymore in rock music.

Man, is he ever out of touch.
 
2012-02-22 03:21:02 PM  

swahnhennessy: This isn't going to make the AP or anything, but there isn't that much call for accordion players anymore in rock music.

Man, is he ever out of touch.


"Weird" Al and They Might Be Giants did okay.
 
2012-02-22 03:31:47 PM  

Jake Havechek: swahnhennessy: This isn't going to make the AP or anything, but there isn't that much call for accordion players anymore in rock music.

Man, is he ever out of touch.

"Weird" Al and They Might Be Giants did okay.


Not to mention Obama's house band, The Decemberists. Maybe a little "Leslie Anne Levine"?
 
2012-02-22 03:32:15 PM  
So subby... you said alot of words together. I understood none of them.

/can I get off your lawn now?
 
2012-02-22 03:37:04 PM  
Paradise started the suckage that Kilroy would fully realize.
 
2012-02-22 03:38:54 PM  

Ghastly: Actually, I thought that as a concept album Kilroy was pretty sound and could easily be adapted now as a Jukebox Musical. It would make more sense than a musical about ABBA.


What "doesn't make sense" about a musical with ABBA songs?

(Mama Mia! is not a jukebox musical)
 
2012-02-22 03:40:27 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: Paradise started the suckage that Kilroy would fully realize.


What the hell are you talking about? Those were the best of times.
 
2012-02-22 03:56:30 PM  
www.rockunited.com
 
2012-02-22 04:03:44 PM  

ferretman: First Rock concert I ever went to in, pretty cool for an 11 yr old. I remember they started off with an ~15 minute movie which lead to Mr. Roboto.

/domo


Did they suck you into the illusion when Dr Righteous takes over the concert and kills the kid?

/The entire Omni was incensed.
 
2012-02-22 04:04:58 PM  
Ahhh Styx. They were a decent band. They were no REO Speedwagon mind you, but still pretty good.
 
2012-02-22 04:09:38 PM  
I was raised in a household where we only listened to Country. Mr. Roboto was the first rock song I ever heard.

Pity me.
 
2012-02-22 04:14:20 PM  
Styx was my first concert......when I was 25......June 7, 1997.....when DTE was still called Pine Knob.

It was on the night the Wings won the cup. People were there with radios and tv's and Styx had to stop performing in the middle of Sail Away due to the crowd going nuts over the win.

/Benatar opened
/nacss
 
2012-02-22 04:24:26 PM  
"...styx is the greatest band in the world and the only got a bad rep because most critics are cynical A$$holes!"
 
2012-02-22 04:26:00 PM  

chewielouie: Soup4Bonnie: Paradise started the suckage that Kilroy would fully realize.

What the hell are you talking about? Those were the best of times.


Sounds like somebody's got heavy metal poisoning.
 
2012-02-22 04:27:11 PM  

chewielouie: Soup4Bonnie: Paradise started the suckage that Kilroy would fully realize.

What the hell are you talking about? Those were the best of times.


I do believe it's true
 
2012-02-22 04:33:21 PM  
I prefer this song (new window) and not a rick roll
 
2012-02-22 04:35:17 PM  

mdbuff12: Tommy Shaw talks about trying to play that song at Texas Motor Speedway at the end of a long day of concerts at the festival. After spending all day in the sun drinking and high on crank as he said, the locals were less than receptive to a robot from Japan.

/felt bad for Shaw, he still looks embarassed just TALKING about it



I believe the quote from "behind the music" was something to the effect of :
"We're going on after Ted Nugent, in front of 120,000 people, and playing dinner theater."
 
2012-02-22 04:48:21 PM  
Styx. The only band nerdier than Rush and gayer* than Queen.

/NTTAWWT
 
2012-02-22 04:49:41 PM  

katerbug72: Styx was my first concert......when I was 25......June 7, 1997.....

/Benatar opened


Oh wow...you have my deepest sympathies.
 
2012-02-22 04:52:54 PM  
I saw Styx for the first time last summer. They were surprisingly good and I wasn't a huge fan of them to begin with. I mostly liked Cornerstone and before.
 
2012-02-22 05:07:58 PM  
I dated a girl named Lorelei and she was smoking hot. A complete nympho. Thank you Styx.
 
2012-02-22 05:09:01 PM  
Hey gang. That's my interview with Dennis. Our phone chat actually lasted 90 minutes. I trimmed it down to an hour for our Stuck in the '80s podcast. If you'd like to hear it, here's a link:

http://pod.sptimes.com/stuckinthe80s257.mp3
 
2012-02-22 05:24:42 PM  

Crewmannumber6: He still doesn't get it it, does he?


I never knew Styx was considered Prog Rock, I thought they were just arena rock.
 
2012-02-22 05:27:19 PM  
CSB: Styx played in my high school auditorium for a crowd of 1000 (maybe) with Wilderness Road.

...and Wilderness Road was the lead act.

CSB2: Bob Sirrott was the MC on the very weekend he moved from rock-pretense WBBM-FM to big time rock n' roll WLS.

Domo!
 
2012-02-22 05:32:48 PM  

DecemberNitro: Styx. The only band nerdier than Rush and gayer* than Queen.

/NTTAWWT


Nice to see you joined Fark, Mr. Santorum.
 
2012-02-22 05:34:29 PM  

spears22: Hey gang. That's my interview with Dennis. Our phone chat actually lasted 90 minutes. I trimmed it down to an hour for our Stuck in the '80s podcast. If you'd like to hear it, here's a link:

http://pod.sptimes.com/stuckinthe80s257.mp3


Nice jorb spears. That was fun.
 
2012-02-22 05:38:26 PM  
I grew up in a house with three older siblings. At various times all three would be in their rooms playing their own copies of Styx albums (not sharing one copy to save money--why would teenagers do that?). Every time I hear a Styx song I'm 9 years old hanging out with either my sister listening to the ballads, my brother with the middle-of-the road stuff, or watching my other stoner brother really get into the harder songs.

DeYoung was right--Styx had something for everyone.

And then then I grew up a little, stopped by Mainstream Music at the mall, bought Kilroy Was Here on vinyl, walked across the hall and saw the Styx movie.

Good times.
 
2012-02-22 05:55:23 PM  
Dennis was really funny on the phone. The entire last half hour was just give and take back and forth with him about topics like the rock hall of fame ("Maybe we don't deserve to be in it," he said) and today's popular bands (He doesn't get Radiohead). I still haven't decided what to do with that stuff.

Other stuff that does appear in the hour-long audio version includes their feud with REO Speedwagon and his feelings about a reunion with the old band ("I'm not the one standing in the way of that happening," he says.)

I'm supposed to be hanging out with him backstage before Friday's show here in Tampa Bay. Who knows what else he'll tell me.
 
2012-02-22 05:56:03 PM  

T.M.S.: Ghastly: Actually, I thought that as a concept album Kilroy was pretty sound and could easily be adapted now as a Jukebox Musical. It would make more sense than a musical about ABBA.

What "doesn't make sense" about a musical with ABBA songs?

(Mama Mia! is not a jukebox musical)


Yes it is.
 
2012-02-22 06:07:21 PM  
Tommy Shaw was the Sammy Hagaresque, "let's get serious and sound more like Foreigner" influence in that band. I greatly prefer the mid 70s John Curulewski years of Styx.

Also, saw them live with REO three years ago. REO cooked and had Neal Doughty with a real piano and Hammond Organ on stage. Styx had Lawrence Gowan with a cheesy Casio keyboard with the Styx logo on the front, mounted so he could spin it around while 4'7" Tommy Shaw stood on phonebooks to play his solos.
 
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