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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by blowtorch, Mar 29, 2020.
If there ever was as a band that punk rock was, uh, invented to counter, uh, Styx.
This video brings up so many questions! Did folks really dress like that in the day? Are Styx proud of this video? Was music really this bad?
Let me answer that.
Yes, they sure did dress like that.
It was even worse...
In all fairness, Styx did rock for one brief moment
What a great band Styx was...and I stress was. Equinox, Crystal Ball Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight were fantastic albums. I played them to death.
Then came the downward spiral: Mr. Roboto, Paradise Theater, etc. I remember seeing a Tommy Shaw interview where he expressed his frustration by comparing them to Barry Manilow and pointing out that there was no need for them to copy what was already there. He hated the whole Broadway angle.
They gave us some excellent songs which I love to listen to still: Lady, Suite Madam Blue, Miss America, Man In the Wilderness, I'm O.K., Pieces of Eight, etc. It is a long list. We all have time these next few weeks to get reacquainted with all of their great material.
Oh the humanity!
I wonder if he hated the pile of money he made off that album?
Isn't that the trap of fashion? What looks hip one day looks silly the next? Like "Let's wear matching cut off jump suits with blow dried hair." Probably looked cool at the time.
I guess. When one looks back at the fashions of the past, some tend to impart whimsy. For me, the "Saturday Night Fever" outfits for example. These fashions on the other hand....
Brings to mind the Billy Squier thread from yesterday.
The cat on the left is (probably) the only one who is not mortified by this shot.
Is he still, uh, with us?
Does anyone actually own a blow dryer anymore?
I had to buy one a few months back to shrink some plastic sheeting. I returned it for a refund the same day
To your point:
Tommy Shaw talked in the interview about how he and James Young in particular were not happy with the direction the band was going in, and there was quite a bit of debate within the band. But then Dennis De Young scored them a number 1 hit with Babe. Since Dennis was making them the money, he got to control the direction.
I can't stand Babe. On the other hand, I've always thought Dennis wrote a hell of a good song when he wrote Lady.
Whatever their individual disagreements, the core of Styx - Dennis De Young, James Young, Tommy Shaw and Chuck Panozzo - were a great band when they were playing live and hitting on all cylinders.
Yeah...they were schmaltzy, generally terrible, and symbolize everything I hate about boring, homogenized classic rock radio programming..... but that’s some pretty hot lead playing on “Renegade”.
the summer renegade came out my sister play that 45 to death...one of those songs i never want to hear again
at least the songs i listened to repetitively when i was 15...i spared everyone and put the head phones on
I am not defending Styx... however. I saw them live, I bought several Styx offerings. They deserved better than they got (in the form of criticism.)
First... they could rock. I sorta’ mean, in the day, they had some great guitar licks and catchy melodies.
They had rock songs that made sorta’ hits.
I still like some of the songs.
They tried things that went belly up. Maybe they got bigger than they should have. I wonder many times... about many bands why they stray from things that work?
I recently heard how a bunch of people did a cover of a song that is touted as an uplifting song. It’s not. It’s the saddest most depressing song ever written.
On the other hand, Styx wrote a hopeful song in the same vein... to less critical acclaim.