Styx – One of the Greatest Rock Bands before Dennis DeYoung Left Them

Styx Styx was another of the greatest rock bands of all time, at least until after the “Kilroy Was Here” album came out in 1983.

I mentioned being in Singapore in 1983 when I wrote about Foreigner. I also picked up some Styx albums while I was there, including the “Kilroy Was Here” album. I’m almost sure they were pirated copies (on compact cassette tapes).

Whenever we have a karaoke machine in our compound, someone will inevitably try to get me to sing one of the hits by Styx, usually “Babe” (along with a few Filipino language hits). In the last couple of years, I’ve opted to NOT sing any karaoke songs at all. After doing the karaoke thing for years, I can totally understand why professional singers have to take long breaks between sessions.

Styx and “Kilroy Was Here”

More of a rock opera than anything else, this album generated a huge following. It wasn’t their best but it still attained platinum certification status.

“Mr. Roboto” is probably most responsible for the platinum status. I could be mistaken, but I seem to remember it being used in a Volkswagen commercial on television.

For whatever reasons, the band members couldn’t seem to get along with each other after this album. I think it had a lot to do with jealousy (directed mostly at Dennis DeYoung, without whom the band wouldn’t have even existed).

Babe – 1979

This is the song my wife, Josie, always wants me to sing when we do the karaoke thing. Unless I’ve been drinking too much, I usually refuse. I’m a baritone, not a tenor. Most rock stars are tenors.

The Best of Times – 1981

This one is actually my favorite.

Lady – 1973 and 1995

I like the 1973 version better, but here’s both of them so you can decide for yourself.

The 1973 version:


The 1995 version:


October 25, 2016


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