Retro 90's Chart September 17, 1994 *Oasis #1* Jul 31, 2018 20:30:54 GMT 1
Post by raliverpool on Jul 31, 2018 20:30:54 GMT 1
After Kilroy Was Here was released in 1983, the band went on hiatus after Tommy Shaw left the band in 1984, But after a five-year hiatus; DeYoung and several other members of Styx began discussing a possible reunion in 1989. By December 1989 Styx had unofficially reformed minus Tommy Shaw. Dennis De Young wrote and produced the entire 1990 album Edge of the Century which "Show Me the Way" was on, its a track written by DeYoung for his son Matthew, I don't think DeYoung left until 1999 when they toured without him
There is an amazing documentary VH1's Behind the Music on youtube that's well worth a watch
If you have next to no interest in the music of Styx, then their back story is actually rather entertaining as it is like an American black comedy.
In essence there were three key members to the group lead guitarist James "J.Y." Young; keyboardist & lead singer Dennis DeYoung; and rhythm guitarist & second singer Tommy Shaw.
In simplistic terms all three were principle songwriters for the band, but DeYoung had slightly camp Broadway musical leanings and wrote most of their commercial hit power ballads; Shaw wrote redneck blue collar southern boogie rock & country rock tracks; and Young wrote the hard & progressive rock tracks. In short Young was the mediator in the ongoing friction and cultural & personal clashes between DeYoung & Shaw; and the various him or me bickering of the pair with one or other of their egos trying to take over the band at different times is somewhat hilarious in a Spinal Tap meets Pink Floyd sort of way.
PS. Great to see Jellyfish at #1. Their first album Bellybutton was great; their second & final album Spilt Milk was even better. (Alas an attempt in the mid 2000s to reform under a new band moniker as TV Eyes, only this time remaining 20-25 years out of time by being inspired by post punk & new wave music (circa 1977-1985) with bassist Jason Falkner replacing drummer Andy Sturmer as the lead singer as his voice was better suited to that musical genre) came to next to nothing before ithe albums sessions were belated released in 2014). Falkner moonlights today between playing with Beck; Paul McCartney; & Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.