History Music / Styx

30th Jul '16 8:45:24 AM Anddrix
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* TriumphantReprise: "Don't Let It End (Reprise)" bills itself as this, and has the energy, although [[BaseBreaker it's from]] ''Kilroy Was Here''. Oddly, while it's titled as a reprise of "Don't Let It End" and uses that as the refrain, the intro is more "Mr Roboto".

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* TriumphantReprise: "Don't Let It End (Reprise)" bills itself as this, and has the energy, although [[BaseBreaker it's from]] from ''Kilroy Was Here''. Oddly, while it's titled as a reprise of "Don't Let It End" and uses that as the refrain, the intro is more "Mr Roboto".



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21st Jan '16 5:43:29 PM Exxolon
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Although they began as an artsy prog-rock band, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late [[TheSeventies 1970s]] and early [[TheEighties 1980s]], due to a fondness for bombastic rockers and soaring power ballads. The seeds for the band were planted in another Chicago band during the late [[TheSixties 1960s]], the Tradewinds, which featured brothers Chuck and John Panozzo (who played bass and drums, respectively), as well as acquaintance Dennis [=DeYoung=] (vocals, keyboards). By the dawn of the 1970s, the group had changed its name to [=TW4=], and welcomed aboard a pair of guitarists/vocalists, James "JY" Young and John Curulewski--securing a recording contract in 1972 with Wooden Nickel Records (a subsidiary of RCA). Soon after, the group opted to change its name once more, this time to Styx, named after a river from Myth/ClassicalMythology that ran through "the land of the dead" in the underworld.

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Although they began as an artsy prog-rock band, Styx '''Styx''' would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late [[TheSeventies 1970s]] and early [[TheEighties 1980s]], due to a fondness for bombastic rockers and soaring power ballads. The seeds for the band were planted in another Chicago band during the late [[TheSixties 1960s]], the Tradewinds, which featured brothers Chuck and John Panozzo (who played bass and drums, respectively), as well as acquaintance Dennis [=DeYoung=] (vocals, keyboards). By the dawn of the 1970s, the group had changed its name to [=TW4=], and welcomed aboard a pair of guitarists/vocalists, James "JY" Young and John Curulewski--securing a recording contract in 1972 with Wooden Nickel Records (a subsidiary of RCA). Soon after, the group opted to change its name once more, this time to Styx, named after a river from Myth/ClassicalMythology that ran through "the land of the dead" in the underworld.
1st Sep '15 10:31:15 PM Schroeder1174
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The band had a string of top 40 hits throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s, including such mainstays as "Come Sail Away", "Renegade", and "Snowblind" (and in December 1975, they replaced Curulewski with [[DeepSouth Tommy]] [[{{Bishonen}} Shaw]], formerly of a local band called MS Funk). Internally, the group was wracked with tension. [=DeYoung=], who had begun to take onto himself the role of "band leader", attempted to steer Styx into a dramatic, almost operatic direction. This brought him into direct conflict with most of the rest of the band, who were more interested in a harder, rocking sound than the soaring balladic style [=DeYoung=] envisioned. The tensions came to a head in the form of the tour for ''Music/KilroyWasHere'', an early-80s concept album cast around a TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture scenario in which MoralGuardians had succeeded in outlawing RockAndRoll. [=DeYoung=] managed to turn the concert into a ''musical'' telling the story of the album; this pleased neither his bandmates (who felt profoundly uncomfortable trying to ''act'' in between songs) nor the fans (who felt they were being cheated). The tour failed miserably, and in its wake the band broke up. In 1990 the band reunited--minus Shaw (who was in Damn Yankees around that time)--and hired Glen Burtnik as his replacement. They recorded the album ''Edge of Time''.

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The band had a string of top 40 hits throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s, including such mainstays as "Come Sail Away", "Renegade", and "Snowblind" (and in December 1975, they replaced Curulewski with [[DeepSouth Tommy]] [[{{Bishonen}} Shaw]], formerly of a local band called MS Funk). Internally, the group was wracked with tension. [=DeYoung=], who had begun to take onto himself the role of "band leader", attempted to steer Styx into a dramatic, almost operatic direction. This brought him into direct conflict with most of the rest of the band, who were more interested in a harder, rocking sound than the soaring balladic style [=DeYoung=] envisioned. The tensions came to a head in the form of the tour for ''Music/KilroyWasHere'', an early-80s concept album cast around a TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture scenario in which MoralGuardians had succeeded in outlawing RockAndRoll. [=DeYoung=] managed to turn the concert into a ''musical'' telling the story of the album; this pleased neither his bandmates (who felt profoundly uncomfortable trying to ''act'' in between songs) nor the fans (who felt they were being cheated). The tour failed miserably, and in its wake the band broke up. In 1990 the band reunited--minus Shaw (who was in Damn Yankees around that time)--and hired Glen Burtnik as his replacement. They recorded the album ''Edge of Time''.
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26th Jul '15 2:40:07 PM Buspirtraz
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The band had a string of top 40 hits throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s, including such mainstays as "Come Sail Away", "Renegade", and "Snowblind". Internally, the group was wracked with tension. [=DeYoung=], who had begun to take onto himself the role of "band leader", attempted to steer Styx into a dramatic, almost operatic direction. This brought him into direct conflict with most of the rest of the band, who were more interested in a harder, rocking sound than the soaring balladic style [=DeYoung=] envisioned. The tensions came to a head in the form of the tour for ''Music/KilroyWasHere'', an early-80s concept album cast around a TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture scenario in which MoralGuardians had succeeded in outlawing RockAndRoll. [=DeYoung=] managed to turn the concert into a ''musical'' telling the story of the album; this pleased neither his bandmates (who felt profoundly uncomfortable trying to ''act'' in between songs) nor the fans (who felt they were being cheated). The tour failed miserably, and in its wake the band broke up. In 1990 the band reunited--minus [=DeYoung=]--and hired Glen Burtnik as his replacement. They recorded the album ''Edge of Time''.

In the mid-90s, the hard feelings had faded enough for Styx to reunite to tour and record again, but [=DeYoung=]'s {{control freak}}ery began to raise its head once more not long after. Unwilling to put up with it, the rest of Styx expelled him from the band. They recorded another album with Burtnik before he left the band to be close to his family. They now tour as Styx with a new lead vocalist/keyboardist--Lawrence Gowan, formerly a major Canadian solo act in his own right back in the 80s--while [=DeYoung=] tours with an orchestra performing Styx songs and new material more in keeping with his personal artistic vision.

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The band had a string of top 40 hits throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s, including such mainstays as "Come Sail Away", "Renegade", and "Snowblind"."Snowblind" (and in December 1975, they replaced Curulewski with [[DeepSouth Tommy]] [[{{Bishonen}} Shaw]], formerly of a local band called MS Funk). Internally, the group was wracked with tension. [=DeYoung=], who had begun to take onto himself the role of "band leader", attempted to steer Styx into a dramatic, almost operatic direction. This brought him into direct conflict with most of the rest of the band, who were more interested in a harder, rocking sound than the soaring balladic style [=DeYoung=] envisioned. The tensions came to a head in the form of the tour for ''Music/KilroyWasHere'', an early-80s concept album cast around a TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture scenario in which MoralGuardians had succeeded in outlawing RockAndRoll. [=DeYoung=] managed to turn the concert into a ''musical'' telling the story of the album; this pleased neither his bandmates (who felt profoundly uncomfortable trying to ''act'' in between songs) nor the fans (who felt they were being cheated). The tour failed miserably, and in its wake the band broke up. In 1990 the band reunited--minus [=DeYoung=]--and Shaw (who was in Damn Yankees around that time)--and hired Glen Burtnik as his replacement. They recorded the album ''Edge of Time''.

In the mid-90s, the hard feelings had faded enough for Styx to reunite to tour and record again, but [=DeYoung=]'s {{control freak}}ery began to raise its head once more not long after.after (and it also didn't help that [=DeYoung=] had announced that he had developed chronic fatigue syndrome with light and heat sensitivity, meaning touring would be very hard for him). Unwilling to put up with it, the rest of Styx expelled him from the band. They recorded another album with Burtnik before he left the band to be close to his family. They now tour as Styx with a new lead vocalist/keyboardist--Lawrence Gowan, formerly a major Canadian solo act in his own right back in the 80s--while [=DeYoung=] tours with an orchestra performing Styx songs and new material more in keeping with his personal artistic vision.
26th Jun '15 5:02:50 PM k.lynch96
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* UncommonTime: In "Fooling Yourself (the Angry Young Man)", the keyboard solo after the first chorus is mostly in 7/4. Also, the reprise of the song's intro has two measures of 5/8 that are accentuated by the electric guitar.
15th May '15 12:13:48 AM Sydxelia
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** "Miss America" is one directed as the Miss America Beauty Pagent.

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** "Miss America" is one directed as at the Miss America Beauty Pagent.
15th May '15 12:08:46 AM Sydxelia
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** Their novelty song "The Plexiglas Toilet" on ''The Serpent Is Rising'' definitely qualifies for this trope. It's a HiddenTrack which plays after "As Bad as This".

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** Their novelty song "The Plexiglas "Plexiglas Toilet" on ''The Serpent Is Rising'' definitely qualifies for this trope. It's a HiddenTrack which plays after "As Bad as This".
4th May '15 11:35:59 AM nombretomado
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Although they began as an artsy prog-rock band, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late [[TheSeventies 1970s]] and early [[TheEighties 1980s]], due to a fondness for bombastic rockers and soaring power ballads. The seeds for the band were planted in another Chicago band during the late [[TheSixties 1960s]], the Tradewinds, which featured brothers Chuck and John Panozzo (who played bass and drums, respectively), as well as acquaintance Dennis [=DeYoung=] (vocals, keyboards). By the dawn of the 1970s, the group had changed its name to [=TW4=], and welcomed aboard a pair of guitarists/vocalists, James "JY" Young and John Curulewski--securing a recording contract in 1972 with Wooden Nickel Records (a subsidiary of RCA). Soon after, the group opted to change its name once more, this time to Styx, named after a river from ClassicalMythology that ran through "the land of the dead" in the underworld.

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Although they began as an artsy prog-rock band, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late [[TheSeventies 1970s]] and early [[TheEighties 1980s]], due to a fondness for bombastic rockers and soaring power ballads. The seeds for the band were planted in another Chicago band during the late [[TheSixties 1960s]], the Tradewinds, which featured brothers Chuck and John Panozzo (who played bass and drums, respectively), as well as acquaintance Dennis [=DeYoung=] (vocals, keyboards). By the dawn of the 1970s, the group had changed its name to [=TW4=], and welcomed aboard a pair of guitarists/vocalists, James "JY" Young and John Curulewski--securing a recording contract in 1972 with Wooden Nickel Records (a subsidiary of RCA). Soon after, the group opted to change its name once more, this time to Styx, named after a river from ClassicalMythology Myth/ClassicalMythology that ran through "the land of the dead" in the underworld.
11th Apr '15 1:59:57 PM Qaianna
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* HeavyMithril: A few songs fit--"The Grove of Eglantine", "Jonas Psalter", "The Serpent Is Rising", "Man of Miracles", "Born for Adventure", "Come Sail Away", "Castle Walls", "Lords of the Ring", and, of course, their ConceptAlbum ''Kilroy Was Here''.

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* HeavyMithril: A few songs fit--"The Grove of Eglantine", "Jonas Psalter", "The Serpent Is Rising", "Man of Miracles", "Born for Adventure", "Come Sail Away", "Castle Walls", "Lords of the Ring", and, of course, their ConceptAlbum ''Kilroy Was Here''.
5th Feb '15 5:29:07 PM tenryufan
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* CreatorBacklash: The band hated how ''The Serpent is Rising'' turned out. Nothing from the album has been played live in nearly thirty years.
* CrossDressingVoices: Not necessarily played straight, but, damn, does JY sound like a woman when he's doing backing vocals! Most evident in "Too Much Time on My Hands".



* ThePeteBest: John Curulewski for Tommy Shaw.
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