Straight out of a Billboard magazine issue from February 1979 comes this groovy beauty: Laugh all you want, but this made total sense in '79. Styx was huge at the time, having released the successful Pieces of Eight album in September 1978. It was one in a string of multi-platinum records for the band. So who wouldn't want to rock the paradise with a painted Styx van featuring album art from Pieces of Eight and The Grand Illusion? I'd like one of the tour jackets too, please. Hell, I'd drive one of those bad boys around today. You can keep the Betamax player though.
Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days: A rundown of the 15 best Burger King ad campaigns by Crispin Porter + Bogusky: Long live the Burger King! (AdFreak) Tommy Shaw sits down for an awesomely candid and funny interview about his career in Styx. Hint -- it involves lots of drugs. (The AV Club) It came from Reddit -- the Good Intentions Axe Murderer / Dating Site Murderer Meme. (Next Round) Here's a less-than-memorable Budweiser slogan from 1922: "Stimulates the Appetite - Assimilates the Food." (Shorpy) You just know this couple owns every Meat Loaf album and knows all the words. (Awkward Family Photos) So how does Libya's air force compare to the coalition's? (National Post) A series of excellent "Historically Hardcor
SI.com published a photo gallery of Wayne Gretzky today. Most of it is pretty unremarkable unless you're already a big fan of the Great One. But there is one exception, this little nugget of concentrated awesome. Oh yeah, Wayne Gretzky spinning Styx on the bangin' hi-fi system, complete with record player and 8-track deck. And you just know he loves all those cheesy Dennis DeYoung ballads. I mean, check out that Elton John poster.
Although Styx is now shorthand among music snobs for cheesy '70s arena rock (heavy on the syrupy ballads, please), there was a time that this wasn't so. Released before they broke big in America, 1975's Equinox marked the creative apex of the band's early period. On this album they did a much better job at melding their prog rock aspirations with the crisp, straightforward hard rock they were much better at handling. Other than the excellent music contained therein, Equinox is notable for being the last studio album to feature Styx co-founder and guitarist John Curulewski. He left prior to the supporting tour and was replaced by Tommy Shaw. Within a few years, Styx was one of the biggest bands in the land. The whole fire/ice thing has been played out countless times on album
Ever been on a blind date that you knew was a disaster right from the start, yet you felt obligated to see it through to the bitter end? Such seems to be the recurring fate of the Monarch, forced to endure a supremely lame archenemy pairing at the beginning of "Tears of a Sea Cow" (working title "Murder O'Clock"). But soon the misery is over, and he turns his attention back to his true hate...Dr. Venture. After quickly (and permanently) dispatching his newest and lamest foe, Dr. Dugong, a frustrated and bored Monarch can't restrain himself any longer - with Doc Venture away showing his Vacuum Boom-Broom, he gives in to his true feelings and takes #21 and #24 out to f&*@ up an empty Venture compound. The Monarch and #21 take a hilarious slide down to the Monarchmobile (#24 wisely