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.
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).
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.
This one is actually my favorite.
I like the 1973 version better, but here’s both of them so you can decide for yourself.
The 1973 version:
The 1995 version:
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