Oh, Styx, I didn’t know this song until it showed up on BOB. And as a kid, I didn’t realize that you had such a long, storied career. It’s a shame, too, because I know you and I would have gotten along like gangbusters. This song is a perfect example, because it’s really damn great, and in the very brief reading up on this that I did, it sounds like this whole album was a concept album with a story and everything. But I didn’t meet you until 1990, when “Edge Of The Century” came out. I think I’d heard your name before, but that wasn’t why I bought your cassette. That’s right, Styx, I shelled out my hard-earned money to actually purchase a cassette instead of just hoping to record the whole thing off the radio. The whole cassette was excellent, but there was one song I bought it for: “Show Me The Way”. I LOOOOOVED “Show Me The Way”. I listened to it all the time. It very much appealed to the schmaltzy side of me who was always striving for a deeper meaning in life. As deep as a 15-year-old can get, anyway. This song and that song both have that striving for deeper meaning, though this one definitely rocks more. Sadly, I lost my “Edge Of The Century” tape somewhere along the way, and I never recorded “Show Me The Way” off the radio, so I think, to celebrate your introduction to my humble little blog, we’ll do a double dose of you today. Welcome, Styx!
Radio 74, side B, track 4: “Too Much Time On My Hands” by Styx