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2012-02-22 06:11:13 PM

spears22: "I'm not the one standing in the way of that happening," he says.


Yeah, Tommy Shaw has gone on record saying it'll be a mighty cold day in hell before he ever plays with Dennis again. And when you compare the songs that Tommy wrote (Renegade, Too Much Time on my Hands, etc.) to the ones Dennis wrote, you can tell they had vastly different ideas of which direction the band should go.
 
2012-02-22 06:28:01 PM

mekkab: 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



This scene was a parody of the original commercial that Tony Hale was in: Link (new window)

The many, many layers of Arrested Development.
 
2012-02-22 06:36:35 PM
You know, I never had an opinion on Styx aside from getting very annoyed with the same three songs being played on damn near every radio station when I was growing up. But after reading that interview? Now I genuinely want to punch that guy in the nuts.

/citing "different opinion on musical direction" is typically code for "everyone else in the band thinks you're an asshole"
 
2012-02-22 06:42:02 PM

mylonitic: Too Much Time on my Hands


That's a Styx song? Sonofa...I did not know that! And yeah, it's a cool song. Had always attributed it to some unnamed one-hitter.

Had the same misconception about "Abracadabra" before realizing it was the same guy who had been torturing me on the airwaves my whole childhood. Still a good song, though.

/runs out of thread to make "ultra 70s cocaine and mustache" playlist
 
2012-02-22 07:14:35 PM

ColSanders: 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.


"Mr. Roboto" was worth it if only because, if it didn't exist, Polysics would never have made This (new window).
 
2012-02-22 07:22:12 PM
The first half of the song seems over the top, but when that "Secret, secret, I've got a secret" refrain kicks in it becomes ridiculous beyond belief.
 
2012-02-22 07:22:54 PM

MC900ft_Elmo: mdbuff12:
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."


This.

I have seen practically all of the Behind The Music's and that quote was one of the best.
 
2012-02-22 07:35:37 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


It was the Cotton Bowl for the then annual Texxas Jam. Texas Motor Speedway did not exist at the time.
 
2012-02-22 07:35:49 PM

Lou Cypher: The first half of the song seems over the top, but when that "Secret, secret, I've got a secret" refrain kicks in it becomes ridiculous beyond belief.


This this this. How anyone could deliver that stupid, squeaky line into a mic without busting out laughing and saying 'seriously, lets shiat-can the whole thing' is beyond me.
 
2012-02-22 07:41:52 PM

ToxicAvenger: MC900ft_Elmo: mdbuff12:
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."

This.

I have seen practically all of the Behind The Music's and that quote was one of the best.


The thing is that you can tell DeYoung believes he's created the greatest work of musical theatre ever. It never occurred to him that doing a work of musical theatre, featuring costumes and spoken dialog, might not be a good idea when the audience is 120K butt-rock fans who've been drinking all day.
 
2012-02-22 07:42:52 PM
You never hear people complaining about the wussyness of Shaw's songs, do you, Dennis?

\Renegade FTW
 
2012-02-22 07:44:29 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)


It is the very definition of a jukebox musical.
 
2012-02-22 07:46:54 PM

Mrs. Hunsdorfer: 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.


Sorry. No, you are incorrect.

Mama Mia! Is a book musical using the songs of ABBA. The fact that the composers are pop stars is irrelevant.

It is not a jukebox musical.

Jukebox musicals are shows without books tha are assembled from existing catalogs.
 
2012-02-22 07:55:08 PM

Ghastly: 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)

It is the very definition of a jukebox musical.


Smokey Joes Cafe is the very definition of a jukebox musical.
 
2012-02-22 07:58:03 PM

Cheron: 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.


Now whenever I see Romney Mr. Roboto will play in my head. Thanks a lot.
 
2012-02-22 07:58:35 PM
I saw Styx in Concord, CA back in 1996 during their Return to Paradise tour, but the bad part about it was... they didn't play anything newer than stuff from Paradise Theater, so they didn't even do Mr. Roboto. It was a bit disappointing.
 
2012-02-22 07:59:04 PM

T.M.S.: Ghastly: 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)

It is the very definition of a jukebox musical.

Smokey Joes Cafe is the very definition of a jukebox musical.


True enough.
 
2012-02-22 08:32:51 PM

Orgasmatron138: 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.


What I'm surprised about is that a crowd of Texas crankhead's would like any version of Styx. I'd figure they'd be more into something like either ZZ Top or The Butthole Surfers... not some small "h" hard rock lightweights.

Saw Styx back in the 70's as a tween, when I had "I like everything on the radio" taste. Fell asleep / passed out during Tommy Shaw's sensitive acoustic number. Things changed when I saw Devo about 4 months later.

/csb
 
2012-02-22 08:38:18 PM
I am the modren man
 
2012-02-22 08:47:57 PM
First Styx album: Paradise Theatre, followed rapidly by Equinox, Pieces of Eight, Lady, Cornerstone, Crystal Ball, the Grand Illusion. Loved.

Then did Styx I, The Serpent is Rising. Thought, ok, that is kind of sucky, much as early Journey was a bunch of psychedlic jams.

Then Kilroy, and I realized that I might not forgive that album.
 
2012-02-22 09:53:03 PM
I don't care what anyone says, I love, love, love Styx.

Love.
 
2012-02-22 11:39:34 PM
Dennis DeYoung on the Mr. Roboto controversy that destroyed Styx: "I should have had that robot mask made larger"

no, they should have done everyone a favour and made their career shorter because they suck and they look like a buncha old broads with drive through plastic surgery.

Styx music was so diarrhea inducing, I heard it was used to soften the Berlin wall.

garbage. genre jumping disco loser prog broads...

Stynx
 
2012-02-22 11:45:33 PM
If you thought Mr Roboto was a song to cause issues between the band, check out this from the follow up Caught in the Act. here's a video for Music Time (new window).
 
2012-02-23 12:06:45 AM

bigtotoro: 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

It was the Cotton Bowl for the then annual Texxas Jam. Texas Motor Speedway did not exist at the time.


Ah yes, I was at the Houston show. Uriah Heep, Triumph, Sammy Hagar, Ted Nugent, and...Styx. I never got to see them because my brother hated them and wanted to leave.

The Texxas Jam was awesome.
 
2012-02-23 12:27:42 AM

Jake Havechek: 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.


You lie. The best song was Heavy Metal Poisoning.


And yeah - Tommy Shaw being isolated in shots by himself was a pretty clear indication that there was something up lol
 
2012-02-23 02:15:09 AM
I was a huge Styx fan right up to Mr. Roboto...way too theatrical and not enough music, which is Dennis DeYoung's leaning.


Give me Snowbound or Sweet Madam Blue or Queen of Spades.
 
2012-02-23 03:17:16 AM
Crystal Ball FTW. That's an awesome song. Oh and Man in the Wilderness too. And would you look at that? Both written by Tommy Shaw .

Oh and honorable mention to Boat on the River which is hard not to like despite it not being a hard rock song.
 
2012-02-23 06:36:18 AM
Tommy Shaw can biatch all he wants about how awful the Kilroy album was, but I bet he as absolutely no problems cashing the royalty checks for it. Love it or hate it, it made them a buttload of money.
 
2012-02-23 07:39:57 AM

FriarReb98: You never hear people complaining about the wussyness of Shaw's songs, do you, Dennis?


Ahem.

Caaaaan you taaaaake me hiiiiiigh enouuuuugh...
 
2012-02-23 09:14:22 AM

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


coonty?
 
2012-02-23 09:30:46 AM
"I want to thank you! Pleeeeease! Thank you!!!!"

/gag
 
2012-02-23 10:13:48 AM
I remember that "Behind the Music" episode. IIRC Tommy Shaw was playing his guitar on a street corner for change back in the day. Now I like Tommy, and JY, but Styx wouldn't exist without DeYoung, nor would Shaw have ever been in the band without him. I've seen DeYoung without Styx, and I've seen Styx without DeYoung, and it's not even close who puts on a more enjoyable show. (DeYoung). The band should be kissing his ass for all the money he's made them instead of whining about 2 songs they didn't like (that they STILL play, although in a "dumbed down" version. And yeah, the main reason I BECAME a Styx fan is exactly what DeYoung talked about in this article; they had a different sound for different moods. CDs (albums) today sound like one long song. Styx had some diversity for different tastes. 3 different singers, great backround vocals no matter who was singing lead, etc. Ruined a good thing guys. Even if they do reunite, they shot what, about 30 years in the ass?
 
2012-02-23 10:49:22 AM
i.imgur.com

Meeting Dennis was one of the highlights of my life!

I farking love Styx and Dennis DeYoung!
 
2012-02-23 10:56:24 AM

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

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


Paradise Theater was an amazing album... it went multi-platinum.

Rockin' The Paradise, Too Much Time, Best of Times, Snowbline, Half-Penny Two-Penny.

Huge Styx fan... I've seen them 7 times without Dennis, and saw Dennis once (see above) I've got almost every album on LP (including ywellow Pieces of Eight, laser etched Paradise Theater, purple Kilroy Was Here... I've got a 12" clear single from Edge of the Century with an hourglass in the center of the record...


Yeah, massive Styx fan... I know all about the band, their trials and triumphs.

Oh... and Dennis is the only band member in the past 11 years since their final split who has remained consistent about all that shiat. He's never bad mouthed JY or Tommy and his ego isn't that big.

His ego is based around wanting perfection, wanting to lead.

Tommy and JY always complained about Dennis taking over and dictating what they're doing for each album.... you know why? Because JY and Tommy never stepped up in the first place!


Dennis put out a new album a few years back with some fairly big success in Canada (Quebec especially) what has Styx done? They went into the studio with their current lineup and RE-RECORDED Pieces of Eight and The Grand Illusion, note for note, cut for cut..... talk about being washed up.
 
2012-02-23 11:13:30 AM
Speaking for millions, a rock critic once called the latest Styx album "a parking lot full of whale vomit."

Link (new window)
 
2012-02-23 11:20:26 AM
Okay, there was a post linking to a Polysics song but is has disappeared.

I was going to thank that person for showing me the Japanese Devo.
 
2012-02-23 11:21:25 AM

hamsack: Speaking for millions, a rock critic once called the latest Styx album "a parking lot full of whale vomit."

Link (new window)


Arch Allies CD and DVD aren't so bad, I do enjoy Roll With The Changes and Blue Collar Man during their "group jam" at the end of the show.
 
2012-02-23 11:49:17 AM

Orgasmatron138: 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.


Actually I think he was more worried about them rushing the stage and beating him to death.
 
2012-02-23 01:24:56 PM

Ika7734: I prefer this song (new window) and not a rick roll


You beat me to it!

"...make it nice for everyone..."
 
2012-02-23 01:27:34 PM

katerbug72: 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



Styx was my first concert as well...1978, right around the Grand Illusion tour. Free with a $3 entry fee into the Michigan State Fair.

I was 13 and had no complaints.

/people used to be terribly generous to 13-year old back then
//don't bogart!
///Lorelei FTW!
 
2012-02-23 02:01:39 PM
BTW
Seen them 4 times:

O.U. in Athens '79 - Corner Stone (great show)
Cincinnati '83- Kilroy was here (enjoyed the "show")
Columbus Oh '91- Edge of Century (no Tommy = empty stadium = pissed off Dennis)
Columbus Oh '96- Return to Paradise (took my sons to the the show: great time)

I have not seen the current band. No sure I want to.....
 
2012-02-23 06:09:14 PM
img.photobucket.com
Bow, all, to your prog-rock overlords.
 
2012-02-23 06:38:43 PM

Ebenator: img.photobucket.com
Bow, all, to your prog-rock overlords.


Nicely done. 10000 Internets to you, Good Sir.
 
2012-02-24 02:12:10 AM
Among my favorites were bands representing places, or going places: Boston, Kansas, Foreigner, Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon (a vehicle that you could go places in).

First concert ever was Foreigner, 1985.

Happy trails, big-haired arena-rock musicians.
 
2012-02-24 10:13:14 AM

Jim_Tressel's_O-Face: FriarReb98: You never hear people complaining about the wussyness of Shaw's songs, do you, Dennis?

Ahem.

Caaaaan you taaaaake me hiiiiiigh enouuuuugh...


For starters, no one can resist the suck that is a former member of Night Ranger. Secondly, co-writer. Thirdly, we're talking about Styx, not Damn Yankees.
 
2012-02-25 07:27:51 PM

Cooper420: [i.imgur.com image 640x480]

Meeting Dennis was one of the highlights of my life!

I farking love Styx and Dennis DeYoung!


you both need help


/and lay off the visine
 
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