It’s Muzak Time!

This is gonna be great guys, don't you think?  Guys?  Hello?

This is gonna be great guys, don’t you think? Guys? Um, Hello?

Greetings everyone from a time not so long ago!  I’m currently writing this post from nine days in your past, so let me start off by saying hello to the future world, and I hope you’re all enjoying your flying cars!  Since it’s also Monday where you are now, that means it’s time to dig up something that’s even in the past’s past straight out of the auditory time capsule we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy’s not worried about looking nine days older since she’s already got a face that was made for radio.  And the Sponkies…. well, they look so grown up now.  But they already have an adult job, and that task is to bring you this lost musical treasure that you won’t need a Delorean to enjoy…

dusty vinyl

Styx was one of the premier rock acts of the 1970’s and early 80’s, though these renegades don’t seem to get the credit they deserve for rocking out arenas and topping out charts back in the days when most people were donning polyester and hitting multi-colored dance floors.  Despite all of the success the quintet enjoyed since bringing guitarist Tommy Shaw into the fold in 1976, keyboardist Dennis DeYoung wanted the band to venture into more artsy type of rock as the 80’s unfolded.  That led to the love-it-or-hate-it concept album Kilroy Was Here in 1983… an attempt at musical theater which wound up being the final straw that broke the band’s back..

You're fooling yourselves...

You’re fooling yourselves, guys…

You didn’t need a crystal ball to see that the band’s harmony was just a grand illusion by 1984.  But…… they did release one more album before Shaw and DeYoung both departed, effectively breaking up the group for five years.  1984’s Caught in the Act was basically a live album of a concert they did the year before… except for the lead track.  That was the last song Styx’s classic lineup recorded together, and it also happens to be one of my favorites from the band.  Hey everybody, it’s “Music Time!”

While I absolutely adore this quirky music video (It’s one of my all-time MTV favorites), it’s easy to see why everyone in the band not named Dennis DeYoung felt entirely uncomfortable with it.  Tommy Shaw, in fact, pretty much refused to participate in filming any of the corny scenes that are rampant in the video… in particular, he told the band where it could get bent in thinking he was going to stick his head through the salad plate near the end…

The headcheese is served...

The headcheese is served…

And all I can say to that is boooooo to Shaw.  I happen to be one of the few who like and appreciate both Shaw’s and DeYoung’s vision of what Styx should be, and this four minutes of pure, unadulterated fun is the best of times to me…

This is the kind of stuff rockers don't ever let leave the hotel room...

Though there are some things that, quite frankly, should’ve been left on the cutting room floor…

I won’t let it end.  But you’ll have to wait until Monday for another lost earworm, Babe…

Domo arigato for listening, everyone!

Domo arigato for listening, everyone!

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21 Responses to It’s Muzak Time!

  1. That truly is one wacky video…….haven’t seen it before so it was fun morning entertainment! So much going on you have to watch it more than once to catch it all!! Thanks for the ear-worm to start off my week………..

    Pam

    • You’re definitely right about having to watch it multiple times to catch everything. As many times as I’ve seen this video, I just noticed while previewing it for this post the cute scene in the background at 2:03 with the shadow of the boy looking up at the shadow of the very big bosomed lady. Who knows what else is buried in this treasure trove of absurdity?

  2. Every time you write one of these, I realize I missed a whole decade of American culture. This was one of the things I missed. Along with, apparently, a LOT of polyester.

  3. Holly says:

    Well, you have to appreciate their visions meant that the band could never work with both of them in it.

    Rock on…or whatever it is Mr. DeYoung would have us do.

    #TeamTommy

  4. ody & biskit….for sum kinda reezon…..mizturr roboto iz now playin In R minds eye ~~~~ ☺☺☺♥♥3

  5. I’m not sure what will rid my head of this ear worm. Yikes! And I was actually a Styx fan! LOL

  6. I always liked Dennis DeYoung even if he was full of himself. I loved Mr. Roboto.

  7. Small wonder that they never played this song in their live concerts (I was fortunate to have seen them twice.) Maybe Tommy Shaw had his blonde boy heart throb reputation to hold up, and I bet he was already working on “Girls with Guns” and didn’t want to add any silly vibes to his solo act. I know this is far fetched, but maybe not, but that video makes me thing of everybody’s favorite movie “The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T.”

    • That sounds like an interesting movie….

      I always thought that the blonde boy heart throb didn’t appear in this video (At least outside of the headless guitar solo guy… which actually might not be him after all), but that’s Shaw waving to the guys all alone (And 3,000 miles from where the video was being shot… he really didn’t want any part of it) near the end. I always thought that was a chick…

  8. Trisha says:

    Oh my, that’s one crazy video! These Monday Music posts make me realize that I didn’t ever spend much time watching MTV. It’s possible that I’ve just forgotten many of them but I think I would remember this!

    • If you ever get some time and want to challenge your MTV memory, do a search for “MTV” on my blog. Three “MTV Classic” posts should pop up that have five interesting and mostly obscure music videos in them. One of the best things about 80’s videos were just how fucked up a lot of them really were!

  9. draliman says:

    You wrote that a lot longer ago than 9 days in the past by the time I get round to it 🙂
    That was fun! There’s nothing like inviting a couple of young ladies over so you can dress up as a doggy…

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