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Salt In The Eyes: Styx

16 Feb

Where did it all go so wrong for Styx?

They had talented rock guitarists in James Young and Tommy Shaw, and they had early solid hits with the Top Ten ‘Lady’ and Top 40 with ‘Lorelei’. In ’77 they had breakthrough triple gold with ‘The Grand Illusion’ in which spawned ‘Come Sail Away’, ‘Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man)’ and my favorite ‘Miss America’. Following that monster album, ‘Pieces of Eight’ was released in ’78 and yielded ‘Renegade’. In ’79 yet another big album was ‘Cornerstone’ and the #1 hit ‘Babe’.

Then came 1981’s ‘Paradise Theater’, a golden example of a band making the choice to move away from their bread and butter and taking themselves much too seriously. Come on, seriously, “The Best of Times’? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

I still enjoy listening to Styx every so often, especially The Grand Illusion. They originally hailed from the Midwest, so I wonder what those blogs that originate from that area remember about the good that was Styx and what they think about Styx and their demise. It’s probably only me that thinks of them in those terms, because they sold enough copies of schlock to clog the airways for years. So, the joke is on me.

For me personally, their jumping the shark episode came with ‘Kilroy Was Here’ in 1981. Supposedly a rock opera set in the future where rock music has been outlawed, and their ensuing musical struggles with the man. Ugh. And they then turned the blender filled blasé into a stage show. Ugh².

However, the video – oy!, the video. But, don’t wonder and fret for no good reason fans, they did indeed leave behind video proof of what surely had to have been legendary bloated production costs for the visual that must have caused their record label executives to carry a travel tankard of antacids.

So, for this episode of Salt in The Eyes, I present to you the splendor that is Styx and Mr. Roboto.

Salt In The Eyes: David Hasselhoff

18 Feb

In my quest to show off (or simply provide more public disgrace) the worst videos of all time, I present you with David Hasselhoff’s Hooked On A Feeling.

If I remember correctly, this was done by B.J. Thomas and then by Blue Suede. And you know what? I liked both versions! But, who knows what I would have thought if either had a video attached to it? The links are from live performances by both, but feel free to search again and listen to the audio for both in all their glory without the audience fanfare.

Check David flying through the air, David doing the pogo with an African tribe, David joining himself onscreen and David surfing the ice dressed in an Eskimo suit.

The only thing more sad about the video has to be the poor extras, who for the rest of their lives, live with the burdensome knowledge that the highlight of their fame was as an extra in a David Hasselhoff video.

Enjoy. Or not (as my daughter would say).

Salt in the Eyes

16 Jan

I’m starting a new category today, one that’s based on bad videos. You know, the videos that have some meaningless song attached to an even less meaningful song. Or it could be perhaps a good track with a dumb video.

To kick it off, I’m going with Journey. Yea, I know, Journey’s considered a guilty pleasure out there to the masses, but honestly, I never got the appeal! On the other hand, I’m obviously the minority.

Here for your viewing displeasure is “Open Arms“. Ugh.

Agree? Disagree? Comments are welcome.