Styx

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1997 (The 1998 Induction Ceremony)

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Will Styx be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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I can't beleive that a group that dominated the charts, and sold out arenas in the late 70's and early 80's hasn't been inducted. To say nothing about the fact that STYX is the only group in R & R history to have 4 consecutive platinum albums in a row. What were they thinking?

Posted by Kerry de la Vega on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 07:12am


They're 1 of those bands if you hear their
name you think-no they're not that great,
they only have 1 decent song Renegade, oh
but wait then there's Blue Collar Man and
then Come Sail Away and oh yeah Lady and
then etc, etc.... kinda sneek up on ya.

If somebody told me to make a list of
25 bands that should be in the Hall Styx
might not make my list, but by the same
token if you told me a band like Fleetwood
Mac or Aerosmith was in..then why not Styx?

Posted by SG on Saturday, 03.24.07 @ 00:56am


Styx is one of those bands that "music critics" had a problem with... The rub is, Styx is loved by its fans, despite the internal drama, for its broad array of art rock, rock, pop, soft rock... Its more melodic (Deyoung influenced) works drove it to its chart success. But its art rock and harder side, Renegade, Blue coller man, Queen of Spades, Castle walls... Set the standard for many of the arena acts of the mid late 70's era... Paradise Theatre was the pinnacle of thier success. and Kilroy was Here, although it brought in a new generation of younger fans, its over theatrics soured the core of thier rock loving fans... So styx is a mixed bag... but arent all bands and artists? They surely deserve a nomination for thier contributions to late 20th century music.

Posted by DJS on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 17:32pm


Bloated and overproduced crap.

Posted by Z. Roe on Monday, 12.10.07 @ 09:24am


To say nothing about the fact that STYX is the only group in R & R history to have 4 consecutive platinum albums in a row. What were they thinking?

What were you thinking when you made this comment?

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 01.3.08 @ 06:42am


Yes, Styx had some nostalgic 70's rock anthems.

But "Kilroy Was Here" = Styx is not here. That sad attempt to make their own "Tommy" stained them indellibly and made them a permanent joke. I cannot be forgiven. Blame the fate of Styx on the faggy madness of Dennis Deyoung.

Posted by shawn on Thursday, 01.3.08 @ 08:31am


I have always thought that Queen and Styx had similarities in their music. If not, then it must be just the voices of Freddy Mercury and Dennis DeYoung. I can hear them singing and performing each other's music.

Queen performing Renegade, Lady, Come Sail Away, Babe, The Best of Times, Don't Let It End, Too Much Time On My Hands, Mr. Roboto, and especially Show Me The Way.

Styx performing Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are the Champions, We Will Rock You, Another One Bites the Dust, I Want To Break Free, You're My Best Friend, Radio Gaga and These Are The Days of Our Live.

Music critics, especially Rolling Stone Magazine critics have always given Queen and Styx 2/5 stars on most of their studio albums.

But critics prefer Queen over Styx probably because Queen wrote more Rock stadium anthems. Plus, Freddy Mercury was gay and died from AIDS. Rock historians eat that stuff up. It's probably one of the reasons why Queen is in the Rock Hall and Styx isn't.

Mr. Roboto is to Styx what Radio Gaga is to Queen.

Are both Queen and Styx considered ARENA Rock?

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 01.9.08 @ 07:25am


Wonderful music, 5 great albums in a row. Could thrash the guitars when necessary. Terrible omission that they are not in.

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 03.10.08 @ 08:01am


You know I have a soft spot for styx. They were such a great band up until 1979 when Dennis Deyoung single handedly destoyed their hard rock credibility by writing some of the worst songs of all time. They never recovered from "babe" and "Mr. Roboto, those two songs alone condemned them to the butt of endless jokes. Tommy Shaw's new version of STYX is trying real hard to overcome this, and doing a good job, but it may be to little to late! Time will tell.

Posted by Bill on Thursday, 03.13.08 @ 01:19am


You know, when a band has 18 or 19 kickass songs & delivers a dud or two, that shouldn't detract from their totality. Whereas, 'Babe' is not a very good song (IMO), I think 'Mr. Roboto' is a fine song (except for ending).

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 11:05am


The ending does suck. I'm Kilroy! Kilroy! Kilroy. What the hell is that?

Posted by Metalsmith on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 13:53pm


They could be corny at times, but nevertheless they were one of the great rock and roll bands of all time, both on record and on stage. Ridiculous that they aren't in, but on the other hand it doesn't really matter anyway. Future generations will be able to hear their music and judge for themselves.

Posted by Adam on Saturday, 03.22.08 @ 19:09pm


Roy,
Chuck Panozzo, Styx's former bass player is gay and has AIDS and is STILL LIVING. I read his autobiography "The Grand Illusion" last year.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 03.22.08 @ 21:57pm


"Future generations will be able to hear their music and judge for themselves."

Is this because in "the future" people will have very bad taste?
What of the current generation(s) who actually suffered through radio play of Styx? Is our judgment disqualified for some reason?

Posted by Blue on Saturday, 03.22.08 @ 23:24pm


Blue come back to being Shawn, c'mon!

Posted by Stewie on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 05:43am


I've made no attempt to deny to anyone who asked that my current choice of screen name is Blue and that my actual name is Shawn. Not a big deal to me - tomorrow I may type in "Ignacio" or "Beavis" or "Corky"; who knows.
The difference between my meaningless nametag and your deplorable antics last year is that you co-opted aliases for the specific and pathetic purpose of giving yourself phantom support and to avoid the embarrassment of having had your ass kicked by Kit. Then you perpetuated it by denying it, AND THEN doing it yet again.... and Again... and AGAIN.. and THEN having the audacity to act "smart" and insightful and righteous by ragging on Liam for taking an alias briefly.

Get outta here - the place is actually tolerable since you were banished by OZ. Begone, foul one.
Or ar we again not supposed to recognize Stewie as Anon/Michael/Ryan/Matzo Ball/A Rush Fan/etc.

Assclown.

Posted by Blue Shawn on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 11:08am


I hope everyone caught the comment where he actually threatned OZ with contacting a lawyer.

Absolutely hilarious.

Posted by Liam on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 11:42am


WHAT, Liam??!! What'd I miss? I ws away from the computer the last 2 hours - what did that jackass say now? I must know!

Posted by Blue on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 13:05pm


No, it was a few days (maybe even a week) ago that he said it.

It went something like:

"There was nothing about my comment that was offensive [he previously had a comment that got deleted]. I am considering contacting a lawyer."

Posted by Liam on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 13:08pm


HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
That is rich! I am genuilnely surprised that he did not claim to be a lawyer himself and threaten to sue OZ for discrimination.
Hypothetically, I am sure that all OZ would have to do is show a judge the Rush page and he would smash anon in the head with his gavel and ask, "Chester Cheetah.. really dude? Get the fukk out of my courtroom!"

Posted by Blue on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 13:17pm


Yeah! I keep thinking that he's reached his limit for stupidity, but he keeps on raising his limit.

Posted by Liam on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 13:47pm


No kidding. Question: if you have repeatedly made a complete ass of yourself, been exposed so agonizingly as to elicit grimace, alienated yourself to almost every regular poster to a man, and finally become so intolerable that the site admin feels that you contribute so little and are such a tool that you are made a pariah, what does it say about you that you keep trying to sneak in under the door and are essentially now a cockroach on which poster pesticide is needed?

Hey, Anon --- you did this to yourself. Suck it up and move on to stink up some other site. Leave us and OZ alone. He's got better things to do than to chase your scurrying ass around when the kitchen light goes on.

Posted by Blue on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 14:00pm


"What of the current generation(s) who actually suffered through radio play of Styx? Is our judgment disqualified for some reason?"


Who is "our"? I don't have anything to do with who gets inducted into the Hall of Fame, and I'm guessing you don't either. The point is people don't need a "Hall of Fame" to tell them who was really great and who wasn't as long as they can listen to the music and decide for themselves.

By the way, your judgement is definitely disqualified.

Posted by Adam on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 15:44pm


"By the way, your judgement is definitely disqualified."

Pourquoi? Because he doesn't like Styx?

Posted by Liam on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 15:46pm


OK Shawn, here's a list of album-recommendations for you to taste:

"Ocean Rain" - Echo and The Bunnymen
"Drums and Wires" - XTC
"Junkyard" - The Birthday Party
"The Village Green Preservation Society" - The Kinks
"Aladdin Sane" - David Bowie
"Head Over Heels" - Cocteau Twins
"Loveless" - My Bloody Valentine*
"Ponography" - The Cure
"Bummed" - Happy Mondays
"Singles Going Steady" - Buzzcocks
"Low-Life" - New Order
"Entertainment!" - Gang of Four
"Psycho Candy" - Jesus and Mary Chain
"The Queen Is Dead" - The Smiths
"Thunder, Lightning, Strike" - The Go! Team
"Mass Romantic" - The New Pornographers
"Echoes" - The Rapture

* DO NOT buy before you have tried Psycho Candy and Head Over Heels, at least

There, that will be a good few months worth! Do tell me if you already own any of them - I'll change any if you do.

Posted by Liam on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 16:25pm


"Who is "our"?" -Adam

Well that would be this generation - as opposed to the "future" generations you say will hear the genius of Styx that we are missing - we being us who heard them from the 70's since.

"The point is people don't need a "Hall of Fame" to tell them who was really great and who wasn't as long as they can listen to the music and decide for themselves." -Adam

I won't disagree with you. Also, water is wet and sunshine is good and murder is bad. Uh-huh. What's this got to do with whether Styx belongs in a Hall of Fame?

As proof that Styx bites let me just quote: "What about the children, Mr. Roboto?"
Robert Orin Charles Kilroy doomed this band to punchline status.

"By the way, your judgement is definitely disqualified." -Adam

I must know what you mean, my good man.

Posted by Blue on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 17:31pm


Liam:
Own "Entertainment!" Love the stripped down urgency, punk & funk, heavy bass out front; more fun to listen to each time. "Aramalite rifle..... fits in a pram.....child can carry it..... do it no harm." Fukking disturbing and funny at the same time.

I have "Electric Version", but not "Mass Romantic" by New Porographers. Big difference or just more good stuff?

I just obtained Stone Roses and MBV's "Loveless" earlier today. Gonna give the low-fi ans shoegaze world another try after being turned off by Pavement and Dinosaur Jr.

I'll get back to you as I give them thorough listens this week. Eager to delve into Bowie too.

Posted by Blue on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 17:42pm


Yeah, I love Entertainment! aswell. My favourite tracks are "Natural's Not In It", "Return The Gift" and "It's Her Factory", although the latter came on my special copy with the "Yellow - EP" on it (does yours?)

Now you should get "Solid Gold", but make sure it isn't a copy with "Hard" attached aswell, because "Hard" is a terrible, terrible record. I think there's a reissue of "Solid Gold" that comes with the "Another Day, Another Dollar - EP" somewhere; try and get that (it contains "To Hell With Poverty", one of their best songs).

I love "Electric Version", but I prefer "Mass Romantic".

Good luck with "Loveless" - it'll probably take a few close listens. The Stone Roses should be a treat though; tell me what you think.

Posted by Liam on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 17:53pm


I have always thought that Queen and Styx had similarities in their music. (Roy)

I have never heard the similarities.

Are both Queen and Styx considered ARENA Rock?

I think they used to label Styx in with the "Corporate Rock" genre.

Liam and Shawn - who are you guys arguing with? And who is Blue II?

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 03.24.08 @ 08:15am


"What of the current generation(s) who actually suffered through radio play of Styx? Is our judgment disqualified for some reason?

Posted by Blue on Saturday, 03.22.08 @ 23:24pm"


When was the election that made Blue the spokesperson for "our" judgment and "our" generation? What next Blue, a new Pepsi commercial with Michael Jackson?

Posted by joker on Saturday, 04.26.08 @ 23:58pm


"When was the election that made Blue the spokesperson for "our" judgment and "our" generation?" - joker

Hey Glombus - I was speaking figuratively when using "Our", in response to Adam's strange assertion that:

"Future generations will be able to hear (Styx's) music and judge for themselves."

It was meant to be funny by asking what "improved" ear for Sty would Future People have when I asked:
"Is this because in "the future" people will have very bad taste?
What of the current generation(s) who actually suffered through radio play of Styx? Is our judgment disqualified for some reason?"

You must have really decided you didn't like me to be willing to come off as that dense.

Posted by Blue/Shawn on Sunday, 04.27.08 @ 00:14am


actually, it was 4 straight triple-platinum albums, not just platinum.

Posted by kilroy rocks! on Sunday, 09.7.08 @ 20:56pm


Keep a secret.... I've got to keep a secret !!!

Posted by Joe-Skee on Monday, 09.8.08 @ 12:38pm


Keep a secret.... I've got to keep a secret !!!

Posted by Joe-Skee on Monday, 09.8.08 @ 12:38pm


Styx,Toto,Kansas,Jethro Tull,Triumph,Foreigner,ELP,and quite likely Yes will find it nearly impossible to pass the gates into the "Hall" if only for one reason, they are not considered "COOL". There is a slim chance for "Journey" but only if Hell develops a light frost in July.

Posted by Mikey79 on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 06:31am


It is absolute joke when bands/acts like Chic can be nominated into this so-called Hall of Fame when true bands like Styx and others from that time are ignored. It is just like everything else, you've got a select group of people dictating what is "COOL" or relavent.

Posted by Carl on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 08:50am


I like Liam's list of cd recommendations on 3/23/08.....some really good choices there. Your snobbery is impressive.....did you work in that record store from that Hi Fidelity movie? Where is Radiohead on your list?....oh, did OK Computer go platinum?....must be why they got omitted from your list. Funny thing is....I bet if you asked half those artists on your list they would acknowledge respect towards Styx.

Posted by bquest on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 15:45pm


positively ridiculous that they are not in the hall. ditto for Chicago and Rush, two other amazingly influential and timeless bands. Styx, Chicago and Rush, are all identifiable to most people and their music still played, not to mention the albums sold, current musicians influences, etc. it is silly. zz top and aerosmith are in, but these bands aren't? please.

Posted by jen k on Tuesday, 10.7.08 @ 11:19am


Styx will make it and at least while I'm here I'll throw my top five Styx songs:

1.Renegade
2.Blue Collar Man
3.Mr.Roboto
4.Come Sail Away
5.The Grand Illusion

Posted by Mike on Saturday, 10.11.08 @ 17:44pm


"Influence and Innovation" Styx didn't show it, Aerosmith and Fleetwood Mac Did. Don't put them in the same bag. They may have had many hits, had a lot of good songs, but that doesn't matter. Musical talent doesn't even matter. The only thing that matters with the hall is "Influence and Innovation", and Styx didn't do anything new, nor did they influence anyone. They won't get in, i'm sorry styx fans.

Posted by Calzone on Saturday, 11.15.08 @ 12:25pm


Rock and Roll's Hall of Fame needs a messenger like Styx. Fans can't be wrong. 1979's Gallop poll#1 band. Styx is NOT just a one hit wonder or a one album wonder, these guys owned the airwaves from about 1975-1985. Their tour in 1981 was historic and they continue to perform even in 2009. What rockn'roll's hall of fame is to signify is a reflection of R&R history and historic bands. Styx is no doubt one of those bands. Ask the members of Aerosmith and Blondie (who, by the way never came close to having 4 triple platinum albums in a row or a #1 album)... They were there when Styx owned FM radio airplay.

Posted by Craig McClenahan on Thursday, 01.1.09 @ 19:24pm


To put Styx in the R&R Hall of Fame is to put the fans in the R & R hall of fame and for the 70-75 Rockn'Roll historians/journalists this is an insult to their expertise which has been to deny Styx (and any fan of their music on any degree) any kind of relevance as a quality rock artist. In other Hall of Fames, it is the performers with the best 'numbers' that get in...for Styx, that would be a shoe-in. They are a rock band and without a doubt one of the best representatives of a group from 1970 through their huge success of performing and recording through 1991 and their continued success as a band that continues to perform. Representative of true Rock and Roll...no other occupation in their lives, performing and a huge part of Rock and Roll history.

Posted by Styxman on Thursday, 01.1.09 @ 19:36pm


STYX!!!!

Posted by Mike on Wednesday, 02.4.09 @ 14:29pm


Styx claimed to be influenced by Queen. Queen composed music that drew inspiration from many different genres of music, often with a tongue-in-cheek attitude. Among the genres they have been associated with are: thrash metal, dance/disco, glam rock, hard rock, heavy metal,pop rock,progressive rock and psychedelic rock. Queen also wrote songs that were inspired by genres that are not typically associated with rock, such as country, ragtime, opera, gospel, vaudeville and folk. The collection of bands and artists that have claimed to be influenced by Queen is diverse and spans different generations, countries and genres.

Queen Tribute Video/Spread Your Wings - By Tommy Shaw:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxw-ki8iXbw

Posted by joseutu on Sunday, 04.19.09 @ 14:53pm


Styx, Queen's concerts opening act:
http://www.joeydevilla.com/2009/03/26/queens-opening-acts/

Posted by joseutu on Sunday, 04.19.09 @ 14:56pm


One comment hit it on the head when it said the band is not considered cool. A band like the Sex Pistols that made like one album is in there a disco band like Chic rap acts like Run DCM and Grandmaster Flash and pop like Madonna are in there but not Styx nor Kiss, Journey, Deep Purple, Rush, Chicago, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Roxy Music, Genisis, Yes, Ted Nugust and Alice Cooper. At ths rate Britney Speers, JLo and 50 Cent will be in while Rolling Stone is making fun of real rock acts like Styx.

Posted by John A. Miller on Sunday, 05.10.09 @ 09:00am


Who Did the Styx influence

Posted by OBlivIoN on Tuesday, 05.26.09 @ 14:21pm


I cannot believe Styx is not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They still tour as of 2009, don't Lip-sync to their songs like someone who was recently voted in. They actually "ROCK" for hours at a concert. From 1977 to 1981, Styx released four consecutive albums that have been certified Multi-Platinum, for at least 2 million units sold each, by the RIAA: The Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight, Cornerstone, and Paradise Theatre.

Bands like Chicago (According to Billboard, Chicago was the leading U.S. singles charting group during the 1970s. They have sold over 120 million albums worldwide, scoring 22 Gold, 18 Platinum, and 8 Multi-Platinum albums. Over the course of their career they have charted five No. 1 albums, and have had twenty-one top ten hits),

Three Dog Night(Three Dog Night earned 13 gold albums and recorded 21 Billboard Top 40 hits, seven of which went gold. Their first gold record was "One" (US #5), which had been written and recorded by Harry Nilsson. They had three U.S. number one songs: "Mama Told Me Not to Come", which was also their only Top 10 hit in the UK, "Joy to the World" and "Black and White". Dunhill Records claimed 40 million LP units were sold by them during that time period) who still tour seem to be sadly overlooked???

There are quite a few bands that have seemed to have been skipped over like the ones mentioned above.

Give me a break people. Who are the geniuses who nominate bands? Certainly not the people who pay for records, attend concerts or purchase merchandise!

Posted by ConcertJunkie on Friday, 06.26.09 @ 16:15pm


For gods sake they were the first band to sell four multi platinum records. Before any other band already in the rock and roll hall of fame. If you ask me they've had a huge impact on the development of Arena Rock.

Posted by Erik on Monday, 08.31.09 @ 14:56pm


Remember that A&M records folded and with it so did the sales count. Considering estimates from top proffesionals in the industry, record sales as of late 2009 are somewhere around 60 million world wide.

Add to that the thousands of shows, and continuted dedication to the rock industry and without question they should be inducted.

Only one problem (Politics) "Stay Tuned"

Posted by Mike on Saturday, 12.19.09 @ 14:18pm


On one hand, I haven't heard much from Styx beside the radio hits; on the other hand, those songs don't impress me, and don't motivate me to go get one of their albums. Comparing them to Queen? Questioning the credentials of Madonna, Grandmaster Flash, Aerosmith, Run DMC and Fleetwood Mac (not a big fan of any of them)? Tearing down the Sex Pistols, one of the best, most primal and most influential bands of their time? You lot disgust me. I hear no innovation in Styx, their influence is little to none, and they didn't change Rock history. They don't belong. End of discussion.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 02.14.10 @ 17:15pm


There are plenty of more deserving bands then Styx. Rush still hasn't been inducted.

Posted by Ben S on Sunday, 03.7.10 @ 18:34pm


FINALLY! Someone who sees the light. I would agree that Rush should be in for their influence (not that big a fan). Popularity probably is taken into account when they discuss whether you should be considered, then discussed for nomination, and so on, and I think it should be a factor (but only to a small degree) but you need much more than popularity to be worthy.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 03.9.10 @ 19:59pm


Styx should have been in 10 years ago when they were first eligible.

That said, I wouldn't let them perform at the induction unless Dennis DeYoung is allowed to perform with them, and I would kick JY's ass right out of the theater if that's what it took.

The Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight, Cornerstone and Paradise Theater are four incredible rock albums, loaded with hits. One might say that they were finding their legs prior to 1977 and that greed and apathy had set in by 1982, but that period of four triple-platinum albums is something to take into consideration.

If the Stooges and Velvet Underground are in, Styx sure as hell should be. The Stooges and The Velvet Underground? Check their record sales. Then check them 50 years down the road. Rock critics -- whose sole purpose for existing is to tell you how commercial acts like Fleetwood Mac, Boston, Journey and The Eagles are beneath them and how you should like this so-called avant-garde shit -- have been propping up these fringe acts for decades. It legitimizes their paychecks. I'd think that after all this time and all the publicity they've had that somebody would go out and buy those records. But they don't. People vote with their wallets and the only Stooges America cares about are Moe, Larry and Curly.

Posted by Brian on Tuesday, 03.16.10 @ 11:11am


Bloody hell. I do believe that sales should play a part but I'm going to look ridiculous saying it everytime something like that props up. People vote with their wallets, that's true. Do you actually think that McDonalds is the best place to eat? That Britney Spears is great? That the commercials at the Super Bowl are awesome? That American Idol deserves to stay on air? If you answered "no" to any of those you must be wrong, because the public says so. I'm not much of a fan of The Stooges or The Velvet Underground but do you have any idea the number of punk bands that wouldn't exist without The Stooges? Are you aware of the impact The Velvet Underground had on art-rock? Probably not, but because you're a moron who's incapable of turning off the radio. Okay, I'll make a deal with you; if we're still around in 50 years, we'll see who means more to Rock 'n' Roll. The Stooges and The Velvet Underground vs. Journey and Styx. I didn't even point out the fact that your argument for Styx had nothing to do with the criteria. Pretty much the only thing you were right about is that the only way people would tune in to the induction would be if Dennis De Young showed up. Idiot.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 03.21.10 @ 21:04pm


For my part, Styx was one of those bands that was just kinda "there", if you know what I mean. I don't recall anyone thinking they were anything more than just a "good band"...and I remember how much everyone disliked "Mr. Roboto"...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 03.21.10 @ 21:12pm


Why does everyone dislike Mr. Roboto? He's "come to help you with your problems so we can be free."

Posted by joker on Sunday, 03.21.10 @ 23:36pm


I'd like to point out that 'Styx II' and 'Crystal Ball' were also fine albums. Sam (IMO) is FOS about Styx not deserving induction.

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 03.22.10 @ 06:36am


I'm going to give you a chance to explain why rather than going on a rant about my hatred for fanboys. I'm the student, you're the teacher at this moment. Enlighten me.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 03.22.10 @ 17:17pm


To me, Styx had all the success that a rock band would want to have. 6 great albums in a row. 12 to 14 hits (excluding 'Mr. Roboto), sold out stadiums (in their prime), etc. etc.

Only thing missing would be 'innovation', IMO. I lived thru the 70s & they were one of the top 5 rock bands (popularity-wise) during that period.

If you induct 'The Stooges' or another band like that, how can you not induct Styx?! The Stooges would have given their left nuts for some of the hits Styx came up with (IMO).

Bottom line, there was a reason they were so popular back from 75 - 81, because they had great music.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 03.23.10 @ 06:11am


Okay, I do think that popularity should play apart, but only if you meet the Innovation and Influence criteria (if you hit massively on one of those it's enough to make up for being weak in the other; for example, I'm not sure about New Order's influence, but they made some great music and definitely broke new ground, and for that I feel they should be inducted, but I don't know if they will because outside of the Dance Charts they didn't do that well in the U.S. On the other hand, in the case of AC/DC, their massive popularity and influence was enough to make up for them not being that groundbreaking.) I also look at Impact, which is another word for "Perpetuation", which is part of the Hall's mission statement. This, to me, can mean starting a new movement (Blur with Britpop), reviving or repopularizing a style that was going out of fashion (Green Day repopularizing pop-punk), or discovering an important artist/being responsible for getting them somewhere. I have nothing against Styx, but I don't see any of that for them except for popularity. And The Stooges are considered to be the godfathers of punk (though their Detroit brothers, MC5, might give them a run for their money there.) Whether they were or not, Iggy definitely revolutionized the concept of stage presence. Their induction was way overdue. I sympathize, however, with you having to put up with having Tommy Shaw in Styx but not Dennis De Young, as at least De Young isn't a hypocritical moron (you know, whining about "Babe" being written and then doing a wimp-fest [I mean, power ballad] with Damn Yankees.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 03.23.10 @ 15:51pm


Sam, thanks for your well reasoned response. We'll just have to agree to disagree about Styx.

I know you're alot younger than me, but it's sort of like you listening right now to (insert modern band that you believe is great/on their way to Hall) & 30 years later they are saying 'what the Hell did they do, etc. etc.'

The Hall didn't exist back in mid-70s, but back then many, many people loved Styx & their music & probably would have thought 'If they make a rock hall of fame, they will be in it some day'.

Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 03.24.10 @ 07:21am


Thanks for the compliment. There's nothing more annoying than reading a for or against post that has no substance or reasoning to it. I'll agree to disagree.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 03.24.10 @ 16:39pm


Being in my late teens/early 20's during the 70's, I always thought a group like Supertramp had better music and was more diverse than Styx. I thought they were just more interesting. They too, had a lead singer with an unmistakable voice in Roger Hodgson...

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 03.24.10 @ 19:29pm


'Breakfast in America' is about as good, if not better, than any album Styx put out (IMO, 'Grand Illusion' being their best), but Supertramp never seemed to follow it up with more excellent albums (as I think Styx did).

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 03.25.10 @ 06:22am


If I may throw my hat in, Emerson, Lake & Palmer seem to be better than what I've heard from Styx and Supertramp, and there's a prog band called Porcupine Tree that I'm a fan of (been going since the late 80's/early 90's, both shows I've been to in the NY/Philly area were fantastic), who I feel are better songwriters than all three (bold statement, I know.) Highly recommended.

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 03.25.10 @ 19:28pm


I agree with Paul in KY that Styx's best album is "The Grand Illusion" and I would put "Paradise Theater" in right behind. And while I love "Crystal Ball," it was the first album with Tommy Shaw and they were still in that getting-to-know-you period. But the title track is gold, pure gold.

Sam, I'll take you up on that challenge of The Stooges and The Velvet Underground vs. Journey and Styx, and I say that Journey and Styx will still be on the radio in 50 years because people will still want to hear their music (and they'll still buy it too), and The Stooges and The Velvet Underground still won't be on the radio because no one gives a rodent's posterior about them.

However, if they gave out Rock Hall of Fame memberships for people taking off their shirts and preening around on stage then Iggy would have been industed in the first class.

Do I have any idea the number of punk bands that wouldn't exist without The Stooges? No, and I don't care either. Punk music is fringe music and not really interesting or worth my time. Greasy, rotten-tooth, pasty-white tossers with dirty hands and shit-stained clothes aren't interesting to me. And The Velvet Underground? Ummmm...Not really giving a good goddamn about them either. The "rock press" (term used very loosely) does though, and they could proably better size up the impact they had on the VU's career than the VU's the career itself.

And incidentally, I use the radio to know what music is popular and therefore the best, both on the new pop side and what classics are being spun with regularity. And they play Journey and Styx. A lot. Oddly, I'm not hearing The Stooges or The Velvet Underground. Hmmm. What does that tell you? That people have no taste? Doubtful. As an aside, McDonald's must be the favorite of many people and Britney Spears' music must speak to a lot of people. Both have served billions and billions. Insert joke here.

Incidentally, one must first get past the snobbery of the "rock press" before one can seriously debate an artist or band's credentials for induction. And if the "rock press" doesn't discover it then they can only try and tear it down. They must have crapped their Depends when The Eagles, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac and Genesis went in.

Calling me an idiot was classless, by the way. Try and debate me or keep your thumbs off the keyboard.

Posted by Brian on Saturday, 03.27.10 @ 14:00pm


"Sam, I'll take you up on that challenge of The Stooges and The Velvet Underground vs. Journey and Styx, and I say that Journey and Styx will still be on the radio in 50 years" Naturally. I have two classic rock stations in my area, and Journey and Styx are frequently played, so I can agree with that statement. I like some of it, actually.

"and The Stooges and The Velvet Underground still won't be on the radio because no one gives a rodent's posterior about them." That wasn't what I said. What I said was that those two would have more of an impact on other artists. That's fine, though. I'm not even much of a fan of either, but I've done my research, and I'm more likely to agree with David Bowie's opinion about an artist's career as he is the one making music. Actually, I hear he skipped his induction; and rightfully so, as he was probably equally as disgusted as I am over T. Rex being left out simply because they were a one-hit wonder (ignoring the fact that they were huge in Europe.) Sorry, I'm rambling a bit.

"Do I have any idea the number of punk bands that wouldn't exist without The Stooges? No, and I don't care either. Punk music is fringe music and not really interesting or worth my time. Greasy, rotten-tooth, pasty-white tossers with dirty hands and shit-stained clothes aren't interesting to me." If you feel that way, fine, I'm not going to stop you, but that doesn't change the facts. On an unrelated note, you said "pasty-white tossers." "Tossers" is a British term. Are you a Brit, like me?

"And incidentally, I use the radio to know what music is popular and therefore the best, both on the new pop side and what classics are being spun with regularity. And they play Journey and Styx. A lot. Oddly, I'm not hearing The Stooges or The Velvet Underground. Hmmm. What does that tell you? That people have no taste? Doubtful." Guess we think differently. I don't take the view of "everyone else likes it, therefore I have to as well." You said I could insert a joke? Well, somehow that greasy, talentless, hypocritcal bastard Perez Hilton has earned millions to run an online version of People or US Weekly (except he writes a paragraph or two rather than articles.) I could probably do that just by learning how to set up a blog. He has gathered a lot of followers. Does that make him anything more than a gossip-spewing waste of oxygen?

"Incidentally, one must first get past the snobbery of the "rock press" before one can seriously debate an artist or band's credentials for induction. And if the "rock press" doesn't discover it then they can only try and tear it down. They must have crapped their Depends when The Eagles, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac and Genesis went in." Well yes, Genesis' induction was way overdue. Glad we can agree on that. And the two times that Dave Marsh reviewed Queen back in the seventies he was negative. If he doesn't like them, that's fine, but he resorted to personal attacks because his reviewes were badly written. Ironically, it's his attitude that is keeping KISS out (no, I'm not much of a fan, but their influence is undeniable.) It's the same rock press attitude that's keeping out the important metal acts, kept Sabbath out for a decade, and is locking Deep Purple, Alice Cooper and Thin Lizzy out. I actually do think popularity should play a part, but not be the complete picture. As it happens, they set up a UK Music Hall of Fame. First year in 2004, a panel of 60 journalists industry people (more than 60, actually) inducted Elvis for the 50's, The Beatles for the 60's, Bob Marley for the 70's, Madonna for the 80's and U2 for the 90's. Then, in a one-off for the people, they nominated ten acts from the 50's, ten acts for the 60's, ten for the 70's, ten for the 80's and ten for the 90's. They let the public vote on one inductee for each decade. What happened? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK_Music_Hall_of_Fame

"Calling me an idiot was classless, by the way. Try and debate me or keep your thumbs off the keyboard." I actually am sorry about that. In retrospect I was overreacting a bit, as I have seen much worse than that (check the Bon Jovi page, if you sare.) To your credit, you responded with some good points. I am sorry, really. I will stick to debating you from here on out. Actually, you may find that Hall of Fame interesting, as the industry people dropped the ball there just as much as the public did. It is an embarassment on my country when some of those choices are made.

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 03.27.10 @ 17:06pm


Sam, you're OK in my book. You're an unabashed music fan and that makes all the difference. And no, I'm not a Brit but I think that word "tosser" is a scream. :)

Carry on, and live healthy and heartily for many, many years listening to the music you love.

Posted by Brian on Sunday, 03.28.10 @ 14:21pm


Good to know. Thanks for the kind words. Our Hall of Fame was a disaster. Okay, Elvis for the 50's, The Beatles for the 60's, Bob Marley for the 70's, Madonna for the 80's and U2 for the 90's to begin things. Not perfect, but a good start. Then, for the fans to vote on, for the 50's: Billie Holiday, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Little Richard, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis. Smart list. The winner was Cliff Richard, who I haven't really listened to. 60's list: The Beach Boys, Aretha, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Stones, James Brown, Hendrix, The Kinks, Simon & Garfunkel and The Velvet Underground. Another well done list of important acts, though I find "Pet Sounds" unlistenable. The winner was The Stones. Well done fans. 70's: Pink Floyd, ABBA, Bee Gees, Clash, Bowie, Elton John, Zeppelin, Queen, Sex Pistols, Stevie Wonder. There are some glaring omissions there, such as Black Sabbath (inducted in '05), Thin Lizzy and some others. The winner was Queen. Not the most influential act on the list, but still deserving. 80's: Springsteen, Beastie Boys, George Michael, Guns 'N' Roses, Joy Division, Michael Jackson, Prince, Public Enemy, R.E.M. and The Smiths. I like Michael and GNR, but their contributions to the music industry were minimal. I'd have switched them out. The winner was Jackson. Not a fan, but no complaints there. The 90's: Blur (excellent choice), Dr. Dre (for production work? He should go in with N.W.A. instead), Missy Elliott (not familiar with her), Nirvana (overrated, but good choice), Oasis (good choice, but Suede should be in there as well), The Prodigy (not listened to them), Radiohead (no-brainer), Red Hot Chili Peppers (overrated, not before Gang of Four, and I can think of many more deserving 90's acts), Robbie Williams (nothing against him, but what contributions has he made?) and Spice Girls (see Robbie.) Man, they partially dropped the ball, but who on that list did the fans choose? Robbie. Oh dear. So maybe fan voting isn't as brilliant an idea as people say. Yes, "tosser" is a scream. I like calling people "twats" in my spare time :)

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 03.28.10 @ 15:37pm


I like Liam's list of cd recommendations on 3/23/08.....some really good choices there. Your snobbery is impressive.....did you work in that record store from that Hi Fidelity movie? Where is Radiohead on your list?....oh, did OK Computer go platinum?....must be why they got omitted from your list. Funny thing is....I bet if you asked half those artists on your list they would acknowledge respect towards Styx.

Posted by bquest on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 15:45pm

Well, first of all, OK Computer actually went double platinum, and if you check the KISS page he listed (What's the Story) Morning Glory? as one of his desert island discs (rightfully so) and that was 4x platinum, thus making that argument irrelevant. Second, he was giving Shawn a list of stuff he probably hadn't heard (since everyone knows Radiohead, obviously.) Third, no I have never even heard Bowie mention Styx. You'd think if The Kinks thought Styx should be in. I can't confirm whether the rest respect Styx, but I can guarantee that The Smiths, The Cure, New Order, Gang of Four and Buzzcocks owe nothing to Styx. Neither do Radiohead for that matter, though I gues we'll find that out in 2017.

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 04.22.10 @ 16:22pm


You all no nothing! I am a huge styx fan! I have seen them 3 times in concert! They are amazing! Amazing songs, amazing performers! If styx isn't iducted into the rock and roll hall of fame, then that means no one knows music anymore! STYX IS AMAZING!

Posted by Styxdan247 on Sunday, 05.2.10 @ 15:43pm


I agree! Styx is amazing and the best band that I have ever heard! They deserve to be in the rock and roll hall of fame more than any other group! GO STYX!

Posted by r&r247dude on Sunday, 05.2.10 @ 15:45pm


I'm inclined to disagree, Styx was nothing more than a generic arena rock band.

Posted by Chalkie on Sunday, 05.2.10 @ 16:48pm


Oh, and I do know music.

Posted by Chalkie on Sunday, 05.2.10 @ 16:49pm


For what reason? Because you "like them"? They were okay I guess...but we're talking about a "Hall of Fame" here!! Maybe you and "Kilroy" can go into a dark room and, I don't know, see what develops...????

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 05.2.10 @ 17:10pm


I'm inclined to agree with Chalike and Gitarzan; really, just another band. Didn't do anything that the earlier prog bands didn't do better, and I do have a pretty good idea of what I'm talking about. That first poster is clearly just suffering from fanboyism if he thinks everyone else knows nothing just because of this omission. And what happens when you're "iducted"?

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 05.2.10 @ 19:22pm


Styx as well as many other bands do not need the RNR Hall of Fame's stamp of approval. Their track record proves that they were a band that had an impact on the landscape of Rock n' Roll. For as many people that think being inducted into the RNR Hall of Fame is important, their are just as many that think it means very little as to an artist's merit.

Posted by Ken Schafer on Sunday, 06.13.10 @ 01:06am


"Styx as well as many other bands do not need the RNR Hall of Fame's stamp of approval."

Just as well, since they don't warrant it.

"Their track record proves that they were a band that had an impact on the landscape of Rock n' Roll."

I disagree. Impacting the state of mind of some fans does not equal impact on RNR. They did not change the music scene, and they didn't impact other artists.

"For as many people that think being inducted into the RNR Hall of Fame is important, their are just as many that think it means very little as to an artist's merit."

True.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 06.16.10 @ 19:04pm


I like some of their stuff but realistically there is no way they'll get in when compared to all the artists who are currently on the outside looking in, and the fact the biased committee doesn't exactly take them seriously isn't helping their case. Styx need to get in line. If they still aren't giving artists like Chicago or Rush a fair shot how do you expect a band like Styx to make it?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 07:39am


Good band, but whatever legacy they had will always be overshadowed by Dennis DeYoung masterpiece of crappy proportions "Kilroy Was Here". If they ever seriously got nominated, all you would need to do to argue against them is put on Mr. Roboto for a minute, and their chances go from slim to none. Thanks Dennis.

Posted by Jimbo on Thursday, 07.29.10 @ 21:24pm


"Good band, but whatever legacy they had will always be overshadowed by Dennis DeYoung masterpiece of crappy proportions "Kilroy Was Here". - Jimbo

I know what you mean, although I do think "Mr. Roboto" and especially Kilroy Was Here gets a worse rep than they deserve there's only so many times I can hear "Domo origato, Mr. Roboto" or "Secret, Secret, I've got a secret" without feeling sea sick, but this is of course just my opinion and I'm sure Styx has plenty of fans who will argue the opposite, so I hope my opinion doesn't offend any fans of "Mr. Roboto" out there

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 07.30.10 @ 03:26am


Styx are kinda a hard case for me. They had a huge impact in their time (which shouldnt be underestimated) and I think a case could be made for their 1977-1981 era. Until Journey blew up, they probably the biggest band of that style. However everything post-Paradise Theatre turned them into a joke and made their credentials look worse than they actually are.

Posted by Jim on Thursday, 08.12.10 @ 19:22pm


Dennis DeYoung of Styx has replaced Paul Rogers of Free and Bad Company as the lead singer for Queen.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 09.10.10 @ 18:54pm


No he hasn't. Where did you get that?

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 09.15.10 @ 12:17pm


It was just wishful thinking!

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 09.15.10 @ 12:30pm


I've been able to actually find a decent sized amount of influence (Queensryche, Dream Theater, Europe and Smashing Pumpkins, which is rather questionable) plus they did mix prog, arena rock, pop and hard rock in a very interesting way that was different from other prog groups at the time. I guess they're a toss up.

Posted by Jimbo on Monday, 10.4.10 @ 19:09pm


Dream Theater, Queensryche and Smashing Pumpkins? Are you sure? I guess I'll have to check.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 10.11.10 @ 07:46am


Per Wikipedia- Dream Theater's influences:
"Asia, Boston, Dio, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Kansas, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Yngwie Malmsteen, Marillion, Megadeth, Steve Morse, Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Styx, The Beatles, Triumph, Yes, GTR, Tempest, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Metallica, Queen, Queensr˙che, Rush, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Frank Zappa, Fates Warning, and U.K."

All of those, with the exception of Boston, are at least credible, and Styx was a prog band in their early years so it wouldnt surprise me to hear that they had influence on prog rock.

Billy Corgan said he was inspired by the layered arena rock sounds of the 1970s, which may explain why allmusic has them listed as followers.

Allmusic has these bands listed as followers:

Asia
Bad English
Europe
Night Ranger
Queensr˙che
Winger


Along with the others I listed, so maybe their music wasn't so throwaway after all? Who knows, I'm not even sold on them yet, but I won't dismiss them so quickly.

Posted by Jimbo on Monday, 10.11.10 @ 11:16am


"Billy Corgan said he was inspired by the layered arena rock sounds of the 1970s, which may explain why allmusic has them listed as followers."

I don't know about Styx, but according to Wikipedia the Pumpkins' sound was heavily influenced by the multi-tracked guitars production of Boston and Queen (I would give Queen most of the credit there since they were doing it first and better.) Also according to Wiki the other main influences Corgan has listed are My Bloody Valentine (he's been accused in the past of stealing the guitar sound from Loveless), The Cure, Joy Division and metal bands (no band in particular, just metal in general, which is what made the Pumpkins unique among the 90's alternative bands.) I would say Boston is credible, just overrated that's all. Still, I'm now willing to keep an open mind regarding Styx' credentials, and I'll do more research.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 10.17.10 @ 10:14am


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAxlmdTJ7S8&feature=&p=823A149BDBCF1515&index=0&playnext=1

Gowan 80s-90s music videos:

Strange Animal, Moonlight Desires, A Criminal Mind, All The Lovers In the World

Lawrence Gowan was big in Canada before replacing Dennis DeYoung in Styx.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 11.23.10 @ 09:36am


Lawrence Gowan couldn't hold Dennis DeYoung's microphone! Dennis is Styx.

Posted by Gary on Friday, 02.4.11 @ 12:53pm


I love Styx, and they really need to be in the Hall, but without Deyoung, they really arn't as good a bad as they could be

Posted by deyoung on Tuesday, 06.28.11 @ 21:21pm


http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/styx-no-reunion-with-former-frontman-dennis-deyoung-20110707

Rolling Stone Magazine mentions Styx

Styx: No Reunion With Former Frontman Dennis DeYoung: 'We weren't even happy working with each other in our heyday,' says guitarist and vocalist Tommy Shaw

Posted by Roy on Friday, 07.8.11 @ 06:50am


Styx is touring with Yes this Summer!

Posted by Roy on Friday, 07.8.11 @ 06:56am


Styx like so many bands that rose up by building a following through years of touring and failed albums got panned by critics who had particular biases about music (some such biases are in the comments above). I've been listening to their first four albums (from the Curulewski period) lately, they aren't bad. Their top stuff was phenomenal and spoke to a generation -- there's a reason those albums, lyrics and music was so popular. The critics didn't "make" Styx, so they didn't like Styx. They meshed De Young's theatrical flame and lyrical/melodic genius to Shaw's song writing, Young's powerful guitar riffs, and influenced each other to produce something beyond what could have been done solo. They are one of the best in history and should be in the hall of fame. Heck, I even think "Kilroy Was Here" is great, and while I am De Young fan, Cyclorama (without him) was superb. But without De Young, it's not really Styx.

Posted by Scott Erb on Sunday, 07.24.11 @ 14:54pm


I hope someone cam refresh my memory on this a little- I saw Styx in the mid 90'd in Ohio. I keep thinking that Peter Frampton opened for them at the concert I went to- would ANYONE be able to find this out for me please? Would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by LScott on Thursday, 09.8.11 @ 12:06pm


I like Styx, but they are NOT the only band to have 4 platinum albums in a row...hell, Van Halen had 10 in a row. 11 if you count their first "Best Of", record.

Still, it's ridiculous that Styx isn't in the HOF, and Journey too, for that matter.

Posted by Eddie on Saturday, 09.24.11 @ 13:59pm


Roy,

You quoted the lyrics from Alias' "More Than Words Can Say" I'll quote some lyrics from the title track of Styx's album "Pieces of Eight":

It's six o'clock, good morning sounds are everywhere
It's six o'clock, it's quitting time, I'm done for the day

Notice here Dennis DeYoung refers to 6:00 A.M the first time and 6:00 P.M. the second time wheres Alias says "six O'clock in the morning" three times in "More Than Words Can Say" "Pieces of Eight" came out in November 1978, twelve years before "MTWCS" by Alias

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 10.9.11 @ 00:41am


STYX is one of the best bands in history. That's all I have to say. They are #1 In my mind. If the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame dosn't induct them, the screw the R&R Hall of Fame.

;)

Posted by Dakota on Friday, 01.27.12 @ 21:13pm


The first band with 4 consecutive triple platinum albums...back well before there were over 300 million people in the country. Not the Beatles...not the Stones....STYX. They, Journey, Foreigner, Bad Company ALL belong in the Hall. Arena Rock needs its own class. 2012 is the year to nominate ALL these bands and get them in before the Mayan calendar runs out!!

Posted by Mike C. on Monday, 01.30.12 @ 15:03pm


Styx was one of the first bands that truly had TRIAD vocals. They could rock in your face or get you with a ballad. Equinox, Crystal Ball, The Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight, Cornerstone and Paradise Theater. That is quite a string of successful albums in a row. Prelude 12 / Suite Madame Blue is an American Anthem CLASSIC. Dennis DeYoung is an under rated vocalist and James Young was totally un-noticed in Styx's heyday. They are the only band to have 4 triple platinum albums in a row, The first band to have top ten hits in three different decades. Screw the critics. I would much rather have the fans and the fellow musicians make the R&R Hall of Fame votes. Then the actual bands that were truly relevant to everyone will be honored as they should. Dennis DeYoung put out a new album in 2009 called "100 Years From Now" that shows how relevant he still is to the music industry. There isn't another singer in his mid 60's that still has the pipes of DeYoung. Isn't that right Stephen Tyler.

Posted by darat532 on Sunday, 04.15.12 @ 16:47pm


I think Dennis DeYoung lifted the chord progression for "Suite Madame Blue" from LZ's "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" This makes Styx the second band from Chicago to lift a chord progression from a Zep song.(The first was Chicago with "25 or 6 to 4")

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Monday, 04.16.12 @ 00:42am


Three songs on "Paradise Theatre" "A.D. 1928," "The Best of Times" and "A.D. 1958" have a chord progression that is a cross between Elton John's "Rocket Man" and The Beatles' "You Never Give Me Your Money"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Monday, 04.16.12 @ 00:50am


I personally "like" Styx and what not, but I wouldn't consider myself a fan. I would say they don't deserve to be in the rock and roll hall of fame had bands like queen, AC/DC, Van Halen, Aerosmith, and etc. had not gotten in. My point here is for ex. Let's say Queen. I admit, Bohemian Rhapsody is a great song, but everything else they had was just boring and were formulaic. AC/DC, same thing over and over. Van Halen, they were boring and not too original. Aerosmith was better, but not much. Not bad bands, just not boring and aren't that original.

Styx would not deserve to be in there if these bands hadn't been inducted among others as well, but since you inducted many unoriginal bands, why not induct another? These bands are all fairly good, but none really deserve an induction, but since they are these bands inducted already, Styx should be in there too.

Posted by Joey on Friday, 10.5.12 @ 18:58pm


STYX, YES, ASIA, & RUSH all deserve to be in the Hall of fame

Posted by Kerry de la Vega on Monday, 11.12.12 @ 14:26pm


Styx

01. John Curulewski (1972-1988; vocals, guitar)
02. James Young (1972-Present; vocals, guitar)
03. Dennis DeYoung (1972-1999; vocals, keyboards)
04. Chuck Panozzo (1972-Present; bass guitar)
05. John Panozzo (1972-1996; drums)
06. Tommy Shaw (1976-Present; vocals, guitar)

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 01.15.13 @ 22:06pm


Styx

01. John Curulewski (1972-1975; vocals, guitar)
02. James Young (1972-Present; vocals, guitar)
03. Dennis DeYoung (1972-1999; vocals, keyboards)
04. Chuck Panozzo (1972-Present; bass guitar)
05. John Panozzo (1972-1996; drums)
06. Tommy Shaw (1976-Present; vocals, guitar)

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 01.15.13 @ 22:12pm


With the live version of "The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight" and "Styx: Behind The Music Remastered" being omnipresent and constantly being seen by many VH1 and Palladia tv viewers, plus Rush & Heart's upcoming induction, the probability of Styx getting nominated, if not being inducted next year has grown exponentially.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 02.24.13 @ 15:20pm


Did you know that the second section of Rush's "By-Tor And The Snowdog" is called "Across the Styx" and the second track on Rush's "Hold Your Fire" is "Time Stand Still." Styx had a GH compilation called "Time Stands Still" which takes its name from a line in their song "Boat On The River" from their album "Cornerstone"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Monday, 04.29.13 @ 03:49am


I don't think Styx will be inducted anytime soon. They fall into that odd category of artists whose we like, but we won't admit we do. Styx, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Triumph...all bands with good songs but were consistently snubbed by critics and purists.

Posted by John Cady on Tuesday, 05.21.13 @ 17:03pm


All you have to do is watch STYX's recent Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight concert to see just how good they really are. Unfortunately in my opinion the 70's and 80's had many bands of this type and they are all getting lumped under the same corporate rock logo which isn't fair. You don't get into any sports Hall of Fame without the right stats. Record sales, concerts and popularity all has to figure into induction. Other bands like ELO, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, KISS, Kansas, Boston, Bad Company, Foreigner, REO, and Pat Benatar are amazing talents. They sang, wrote their own material and actually played their own instruments. All very well I might add! When I look at the RRHOF stage and see Flavor Flav dancing around with his big clock on his chest throwing out one word every 30 seconds or Steely Dan and their small handful of 70's hits, I just don't see the talent comparison. It's time the RRHOF quit looking for unique and recognized very good! As for people who want to give credit for other bands by saying there wouldn't be ______ without_______. Then just give all the credit to Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and the Beatles and shut up!

Posted by Scott Williams on Thursday, 05.23.13 @ 10:01am


Styx

01. John Curulewski (1972-1975; vocals, guitar)
02. James Young (1972-Present; vocals, guitar)
03. Dennis DeYoung (1972-1999; vocals, keyboards)
04. Chuck Panozzo (1972-Present; bass guitar)
05. John Panozzo (1972-1996; drums)
06. Tommy Shaw (1976-Present; vocals, guitar; Damn Yankees)

Posted by Roy on Friday, 05.24.13 @ 17:39pm


Innovation Styx had over 12 top 40 hits four platinum Albums Innovation and diversity please. Let's see only the Who besides Kilroy was here tour even attempted a musicalesque rock show ie Pinball Wizard. Innovation let see I love Zeppelin but most of their songs our the same. Let's see STYX had top 10 ballads like Don't Let it In and Babe. You have harder edge like Miss AMerica, Heavy Metal Poisoning, Dr Righteous, songs different like Mr Roboto Snowblind, Come Sail Away, Renegade Suite Madame Blue, Too Much time on My Hands, Rockin the Paradise to think that is not diverse shows your stupidity and lack of music knowledge. Styx had oer 20 hits alone make top 40. there are 7 Bands right now in Hall of Fame that only has three hits or less in top 40 and you can even prresent a case why not with that and 4 Platinum Albums this band should be a lock. You talk about oh this band started a movement and yeah there are some innoators and some were one hit and one abum wonders who never even sold out a venue over 12,000. The fact is simply put your a hater. ANy band that has over 15 top 40 hits that is more top 40 hits than 90% of the bands to ever play. They played hard rock, soft rock, synthesizer driven songs and pop balads the only band that had that type of range was Queen and what the Beatles. To compare Zeppelin who everyone loves but has like only three songs to make top 40 Can any of you name 15 songs that made the top 40 for any rock band. I only know of 7 bands that have had that many top 40 for that matter top 100 songs and two of those bands are not in HOF and that is Chicago and Three Dog Night. I would hope the Eagles are in the HOF as the Stones and Beatles are Aerosmith may I think have 15 make top 40 but not sure on them. QUeen I believe is in the HOF and they have if not mistaken 22 top 40 songs. To be in the HOF you have to have quality and quantity STYX 4 Platinum Albums and 6 Gold Albums nakes a case that they deserve to be in it and to think otherwise you are either prejudice or just plain stupid.

Posted by Kerry on Thursday, 09.5.13 @ 01:57am


Here's the truth about Styx. They were all over the map musically. They had a lot of good, solid and diverse songs over the years, and they also had a lot of crappy songs. But the truth is, no band has nothing but masterpieces in their catalog. Crystal Ball, Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight were their best work. The albums after these had some highlights but got overshadowed by DeYoung ballads and theatrical concepts. It's not an easy task to make several albums in a row with each song completely different from the next. No album (or song for that matter) sounded the same...for a while. Then DeYoung had the number one with Babe and he alwasy tried to recapture that on later albums. Not to keep bashing Deyoung, he wrote some good songs and they probably wouldn't even have made it without him. Long story short, even if they didn't have so many hits and platinum albums, etc...musically they deserve to be in HOF. Especially if there are "bands" or "artists" there now who can't even play an instrument or read music. Styx can play all their songs live pretty much flawlessly and that should be a prerequisite before anybody gets inducted in my opinion.

Their 10 best songs are:

Crystal Ball
Suite Madame Blue
Grand Illusion
Man in the Wilderness
Castle Walls
Blue Collar Man
Renegade
Pieces of Eight
Boat on the River
Snowblind

Posted by Logan on Saturday, 04.19.14 @ 18:21pm


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