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100.  Styx

Top 5 Albums from Last.FM

  • Greatest Hits

  • Come Sail Away: The Styx Anthology

  • Pieces Of Eight

  • The Grand Illusion

  • Return to Paradise (disc 2)

If you are a baseball fan you might remember the sad tale of Bill Buckner whose solid career was completely overshadowed by the ground ball that dribbled through his legs that cost the Boston Red Sox the World Series in 1986. It is a very melodramatic analogy but a couple of us at NIHOF wondered aloud if Mr. Roboto may have been the error that overshadowed the career of Styx.

Okay, that was a reach.Granted, at the time the aforementioned song was considered a little pompous and unintentional cheesy compared to their Hard Rock efforts, but the fact remained that Styx had delivered radio staples for ten years previous.Originally, an artsy Progressive Rock band, Styx broke away from that mold with the addition of Tommy Shaw and delivered many significant Hard Rock tunes and power ballads.Styx does have a series of hits that keeps them in the public consciousness, but considering they either often labeled a Progressive Rock or Arena Rock band (both of which appear to be looked down upon by the voting committee) will likely keep them out of Cleveland.

 


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Should Styx be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 92.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 5.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 1.3%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2016: 107
  • Eligible Since: Wednesday, 01 January 1997
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Chicago, IL)
  • Why they will get in: A series of hit songs that have staying power helps their cause.
  • Why they won't get in: Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto!
  • Essential Albums: The Grand Illusion (1977)
    Pieces of Eight (1978)
    Cornerstone (1979)
    Paradise Theatre (1981)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Crystal Ball (From Crystal Ball, 1976)
    Come Sail Away (From The Grand Illusion, 1977)
    Blue Collar Man (From Pieces of Eight, 1978)
    Renegade (From Pieces of Eight, 1978)
    Too Much Time on My Hands (From Paradise Theatre, 1981)

Should Styx be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 92.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 5.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 1.3%

STYX AT BANCORPSOUTH ARENA IN TUPELO, MS

Jan 18, 2018

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Styx

BOSTYX - TRIBUTE TO BOSTON AND STYX AT TEMPLE THEATER SAGINAW IN SAGINAW, MI

Apr 20, 2018

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Bostyx - Tribute To Boston And Styx

BOSTYX - TRIBUTE TO BOSTON AND STYX AT NISWONGER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IN VAN WERT, OH

Apr 21, 2018

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Bostyx - Tribute To Boston And Styx

STYX AT KALAMAZOO STATE THEATRE IN KALAMAZOO, MI

Nov 15, 2018

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0 #13 Gleep Wurp 2017-11-08 01:07
If they let Journey in, they might as well let in Styx. Like Journey, Styx blows, but since they are running out of 'rock' acts to put in the Hall, Styx will probably eventually get in.
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+1 #12 Darryl Tahirali 2017-08-31 01:53
Quoting Glenn:
I can see that ignorance is not keeping some of you from posting your comments about Styx. From 1977 to 1981, Styx released four consecutive albums that have been certified Multi-Platinum -: The Grand Illusion (1977), Pieces of Eight (1978), Cornerstone (1978) and Paradise Theater (1981).[33]. Uh, how many groups in the HOF can claim that? In fact, Styx was the first band to release four consecutive Triple-Platinum albums, signifying at least 3 million units sold.

RIAA did not create the "Multi-Platinum " or "Triple Platinum" categories until 1984, and then labels such as A&M, Styx's label, submitted their artists' most popular albums for retrospective certification. And although three of those Styx albums are triple, Cornerstone is not, despite what A&M might claim.

Because RIAA did not begin to recognize plateaus greater than one million units sold ("Platinum") until 1984, it is impossible to determine which artist is actually "the first band to release four consecutive Triple-Platinum albums" without investigation. Bands such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, or Led Zeppelin would be more likely to have accomplished this. Styx might have been the first to apply for the status--but, as noted, they still didn't make it, according to RIAA.

But even if this were the case, so what? All it signifies is that the band moved a lot of units and P.T. Barnum's dictum about the birth rate of suckers is true. Commercial success can be a factor in evaluating legacy, but it is not the only one, or even the primary one. The Rock Hall states: "Besides demonstrating unquestionable musical excellence and talent, inductees will have had a significant impact on the development, evolution and preservation of rock & roll." Nothing there about needing huge sales.
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+3 #11 Bruno 2016-01-01 20:18
I liked Styx well enough and there's definitely songs I could listen to and enjoy a lot today ("Renegade" "Lady" "Too Much Time on My Hands"). The argument in favor of REO Speedwagon as popularizing the power ballad should really also work in favor of Styx. "Lady" might have been the very first quintessential 70's/80's pop power ballad. It predated REO's "Time for Me to Fly" and other artists by a good few years. That said, mega-record sales considered, I don't think there's enough influence here to merit an inclusion.
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+5 #10 Glenn 2014-12-28 16:49
I can see that ignorance is not keeping some of you from posting your comments about Styx. From 1977 to 1981, Styx released four consecutive albums that have been certified Multi-Platinum -: The Grand Illusion (1977), Pieces of Eight (1978), Cornerstone (1978) and Paradise Theater (1981).[33]. Uh, how many groups in the HOF can claim that? In fact, Styx was the first band to release four consecutive Triple-Platinum albums, signifying at least 3 million units sold. Great harmonies and excellent riffs, with not one lead singer, but three, which added variety to their repertoire. It is a joke that they aren't in. Just another reason why I won't visit the HOF. Oh, and the fact that it's located in the mistake-by-the -lake....Clevel and? Really???
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+5 #9 ClassicRockExpert 2014-10-18 07:53
Anyone who doesn't like Styx and/or thinks that they don't belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an idiot with poor music taste and doesn't know anything about rock. 8)
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-13 #8 NoStyxEver 2013-10-16 19:31
Styx is on a list of bands both successful and practically unlistenable. Only the guitar work of Tommy Shaw -- workmanlike, but unable to save the band, after all -- keeps this bunch from sinking under the sheer mass of their own pretense. And DeYoung's voice? Sheer torture. They'll probably get into the Hall if we live long enough, but they will never belong there.
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-11 #7 Lee Roschen 2013-08-30 01:20
Styx? NO. Absolutely not.
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+15 #6 Styx1 2013-05-13 02:28
Originality seems to be the problem with most of you that want to keep Styx out of the Hall. From their complex musical notes to original lyrics, they are probably one of the most recognizable Rock groups in history. They write ALL of their own music and every nite they play live you get what you hear on the album. Hardly Corporate Rock. No lipsinc , no recorded music at any of their concerts. They are one of the cornerstones of Rock and keeping them out only leaves a big whole in the Hall.
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+8 #5 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
i totally agree with your statemetns about evaluating versus liking DDT. I too do not like the Beatles but have no doubt they are the greatest group of all time. with that bein said my evaluation of styx is that they should without question be in the rock adn roll hall of fame. their popularity and inventiveness were cornerstones of the rock architecture during the 70's and 80's They like many groups did not finish well and went off on tangents that offended theri fan bases (SEE THE STEVE MILLER BAND AND ABRACADABRA) i do believe the joke of a song that was mr. roboto has hurt their chances but i also believe that their overall catalogue of music is too good not to be included in the hall. hey even Zepp's later stuff wasn't as good as their first 4 albums.
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-7 #4 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
You're right, Musicologist999 , I don't like Styx, and I don't think that they belong in the Hall. But let me emphasize that I think Styx does not belong in the Hall because I don't like them."Liki ng" is a matter of taste and preference, while "evaluatin g" is, one hopes, a more objective exercise that involves critical thinking and eliminating bias. For example, I like ZZ Top, but I don't think it belongs in the Hall. Conversely, I don't like the Beatles, but I think they do belong in the Hall.As for Styx specifically, it was one of the '70s prog bands such as Kansas, Supertramp, and even Rush that streamlined its complex arrangements into more listener-friend ly vehicles. Of that lot, Rush was the most adept at it, and thus they do get my nod for the Hall. And this despite the fact that I find the voices of both Dennis DeYoung and Geddy Lee annoying!Nevert heless, I do agree that Styx was stronger with DeYoung at the helm. And as far as the "liking&qu ot; thing goes, I've been discussing/deba ting/arguing/pl eading/cajoling /etc. music with people for 30 years, and I've noticed that just about everybody gets defensive at some point because taste and liking is subjective and music appreciation is ultimately an emotional reaction.Hey, I've had to explain my mania for Frank Zappa for 25 years, when most people ask first, "Isn't he the guy who a] took a crap onstage or b] ate somebody else's crap onstage?" (This is an urban legend--please check Snopes for the refutation: www.snopes.com/music/artists/grossout.asp)So, yeah, we differ--but please don't take it personally. Besides, I've agreed with you in a few other places.
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