Kilroy Was Here
You know what's great? When a band known for putting out long sweeping proggy songs about sailing away and blue madames, balanced by rockers about renegades and blue collar men, decides to put out a cheezy 80s pop album under the guise of a Rock Opera about censorship. So great was the promise of this album and its cover art that my brother purchased not one, but two copies on vinyl (one of which made it onto my wall of records collage).
Mr Roboto starts the album off on it's only good note. Although it's cheesy and 80s, it did manage to come with one of the better videos of the era, complete with robot dancing. Well, maybe it wasnt the better videos, but certainly one of the most entertaining. Plus, it gave us that awesome Volkswagen commercial.
I think what makes this album so bad is the fact that Styx tries to follow up their #1 Album Paradise Theatre with songs that musically are in the same vein, but lyrically have to fit within Dennis DeYoung's really trite storyline about a Pat Robertsonesque figure crusading to ban music. Just Get Me Through This Night may acually be a good song, if it weren't sandwiched between two offerings by an emasculated JY delivering storyline with no subtlety.
Haven't We Been Here Before isn't really that bad either. I think the fact that the two of Tommy's songs that arent necessarily about the storyline are the only decent songs on the album (not couting the title track for 80s value), just goes to show that he never really bought into Dennis DeYoungs insanity that would eventually kill the band for seven years.
In conclusion, this album is a piece of crap. The only thing that came out of this album besides the aforementioned hillarity of the video and vw commercial, is that Tommy quit the band, providing the world Damn Yankees and allowing Glen Burtnik to get some national exposure when Styx decided to put out an album without Tommy.