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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 30
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2012-02-22 03:21:02 PM  
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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 02:51:43 PM  
2 votes:
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 08:47:57 PM  
1 votes:
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 08:32:51 PM  
1 votes:

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 07:58:35 PM  
1 votes:
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 07:58:03 PM  
1 votes:

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 07:41:52 PM  
1 votes:

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 07:22:12 PM  
1 votes:
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 07:14:35 PM  
1 votes:

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 06:42:02 PM  
1 votes:

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 06:36:35 PM  
1 votes:
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 06:11:13 PM  
1 votes:

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 06:07:21 PM  
1 votes:
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.
2012-02-22 05:38:26 PM  
1 votes:
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 05:09:01 PM  
1 votes:
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 04:49:41 PM  
1 votes:

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 04:35:17 PM  
1 votes:

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 04:14:20 PM  
1 votes:
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 04:09:38 PM  
1 votes:
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 04:03:44 PM  
1 votes:

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 03:56:30 PM  
1 votes:
www.rockunited.com
2012-02-22 03:37:04 PM  
1 votes:
Paradise started the suckage that Kilroy would fully realize.
2012-02-22 03:16:40 PM  
1 votes:
The "Paradise" LP had a wicked laser print on it.
2012-02-22 03:15:32 PM  
1 votes:
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 03:04:03 PM  
1 votes:

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 03:02:33 PM  
1 votes:
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 03:00:22 PM  
1 votes:
Mr. Roboto was a mere traffic violation next to "Babe."
2012-02-22 02:54:50 PM  
1 votes:
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 02:52:35 PM  
1 votes:
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 02:49:08 PM  
1 votes:
Styx is so cheesy, vegans can't listen to it.
 
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