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Kilroy Was Here

Styx Audio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
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1. Mr. Roboto
2. Cold War
3. Don't Let It End
4. High Time
5. Heavy Metal Poisoning
6. Just Get Through This Night
7. Double Life
8. Haven't We Been Here Before
9. Don't Let It End (Reprise)

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A #3 LP in '83, this was one of the defining pop-rock concept albums of the '80s. The smash Mr. Roboto kicks off the album and its robot imagery, followed by the hit High Time and the smash ballad Don't Let It End . Domo arigato!

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Format:Audio CD
Styx released Kilroy Was Here in February of 1983. The album was the first album since 1981's Paradise Theatre. Kilroy was a concept album about censorship. The idea came to keyboardist/vocalist Dennis DeYoung whom read an article on two fundamentalist brothers whom burned rock records because they had Satanic messages. Dennis came up with a concept where rock music was banned by Dr Righteous(guitarist James "JY" Young) and the rock stars were put in prison. This concept proved prophetic when the PMRC would emerge a few years later and of course the Parental Advisory stickers became a way of life. Kilroy then breaks out of prison and meets rock rebel Jonathan Chance(guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw) and try to bring rock back. I first bought this album on CD in 1995 and loved it from first listen thanks to the Caught in the Act concert film which told the story of this album better. Highlights on this album are Dennis' huge hit singles Mr Roboto(peaked at #3) and Don't Let It End(peaked at #6), Tommy's Cold War and Haven't We Been Here Before and JY's Heavy Metal Poisoning. The album was a huge success peaking at #3 and was another Platinum seller for the band. Unfortunately, Tommy left the band during the Kilroy tour. Because of this, Dennis put Styx on hold. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars an underrated styx masterpiece June 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
this is one of my favourite styx albums as it contained classic songs like mr roboto,high time and dont let it end.this cd is very highly recommended to all fans who like progressive rock music like yes,elp and rush.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The End of Styx Jan. 26 2004
By Fred
Format:Audio CD
This album sealed the fate for what had once been an inspired classic rock band. At some point after 1978 (the year "Pieces of Eight" was released), aliens kidnapped Dennis DeYoung and returned him to earth with a transplanted brain that could only churn out the most Velveeta syrupy ballads and God awful cheap "jazzy" sounding songs with lots of horn-accompaniment. (See "High Time" on this album for one example). Gone was the Dennis of "Come Sail Away", "Lorelei", "Suite Madame Blue" and the cool rocker "Queen of Spades". We were now stuck with the Dennis DeYoung of "Babe", "First Time", "The Best of Times", "Mr. Roboto", and all sorts of crap in between.
"Kilroy Was Here" is the result of giving Dennis full control of the band's sound in his post-alien-transplant mode. Even a classic album like "Paradise Theater" suffered from some of the worst filler songs ever written (see "Nothing Ever Goes As Planned", and "Lonely People").
Dennis was kicked out in 1980, caused Tommy to leave in 1984, and was kicked out again in 2002. "Kilroy Was Here" is all the explanation you need for that.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Warning!! Danger!! Jan. 18 2004
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The absolute WORST thing that a fan of great music could do would be to spend his/her hard-earned money on this abysmally awful collection of tunes. I was loathe to rate it even ONE star...how's about "negative 5 stars". The best "concept" for this album would have been: "Do Not Release". I am a true Styx fan, having seen them perform live in 1977 at the Summit in Houston, Texas....it was an incredible performance. If you truly wish to own quality music by Styx, then buy Crystal Ball, Equinox, Pieces of Eight, and The Grand Illusion. Commercial success DOES NOT equate with great music....and 'Kilroy was Here' is proof of that axiom. Even the members of the band (not counting Dennis DeYoung) hated this rubbish.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My very first rock album, ever Dec 1 2009
By LeBrain HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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The year was 1983 and I was in the fifth grade. A buddy of mine had an album by a band called "Styx" ("like sticks," he said, "but with a Y!"). We played several songs over and over and over. A few months later, my mom took me to the store where I purchased Kilroy Was Here: the very first rock album I ever owned.

I kept coming back to the same songs, the "rockers" on the album: Mr. Roboto, Cold War, High Time, Heavy Metal Poisoning, Double Life, and Don't Let It End (Reprise). We always skipped the slow ones. I lost the LP in a move many years ago, and finally rebought the CD in 2005. It was only then that I finally heard the ballads!

One thing we loved about Kilroy Was Here was that it was a concept album, with a storyline written in the liner notes that we could follow. We thought it was so cool and so deep and futuristic! Now, of course, it seems silly and ridiculous. It is the near future. Music has been outlawed by Dr. Righteous (played by James Young) and Kilroy (Dennis DeYoung), a popular rock singer, has been imprisoned. He breaks out of jail by capturing a "Mr. Roboto", a robotic servant, and wears the robot's shell as a disguise. He meets up with Jonathan Chance (Tommy Shaw) and sets up a musical revolution. While the storyline had overtones that would foreshadow music stickering in the late 80's and early 90's, its futuristic predictions have obviously never come true, otherwise you wouldn't be able to buy this CD!

The music is very unlike older Styx (which I had never heard at the time) with synth and drum programs very prominent in the mix. This is an 80's album and will only appeal to rock fans who enjoy 80's music. The songs are fine, and yes, even the slow ones. Now I quite enjoy Shaw's Haven't We Been Here Before?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Styx - 'Kilroy Was Here' (A&M) 1 1/2 stars
Review no. 90. As most of you might remember, this was one of the worst lp's of the '80's - period! I mean, maybe it wasn't Styx's fault. Read more
Published on May 3 2009 by Mike Reed
1.0 out of 5 stars Styx hits bottom and never recovers
After steadily declining from their peak (Grand Illusion & Pieces of Eight), Styx hits bottom under the weight of Dennis DeYoung's ego and pretense, never to recover. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Likes STYX Anymore ? I DO...THAT'S WHO !
Long live good rock like this. While this album was probably not their "best", it still told its own story. "Mr. Roboto" was an absolute classic. Read more
Published on July 9 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars yuk!
MADONNA'S AMERICAN LIFE IS MUCH BETTER THAN THIS CRAP!!! to mr india..
Published on June 23 2004 by LATIN FOX!!!!
1.0 out of 5 stars Mystery Science Theater 3000 on vinyl.
Kilroy was Here was good for one thing and that is inspiring one of the g*ddamned FUNNIEST episodes of VH1's "Behind the Music." Many a concept album was made in the 70's. Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by John J. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as everyone says it is, good Styx
Styx released Kilroy Was Here in February of 1983. The album was the first album since 1981's Paradise Theatre. Kilroy was a concept album about censorship. Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by Terrence J. Reardon
1.0 out of 5 stars What if they made a cd and no one cared?
I'd call it styx. Kilroy WAS here, but even he relented and left. So should you. No stars.
Published on May 9 2004 by a music fan
5.0 out of 5 stars great styx cd
styx was a talented progressive rock band along with rush and asia and this was one of their good cd's featuring mr roboto and dont let it end.highly recommended.
Published on May 8 2004 by terrific guy
1.0 out of 5 stars Bottom of the list. . .
Not really sure what the boys were thinking when they released this. . . music in generally was in pretty sad shape during the early 80's and this is a prime example. Read more
Published on May 5 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy it only for a laugh
Man after a string of great albums from the mid to late 1970's Styx was on top of the rock heap and I noticed that sometime around 1979 Styx was starting to get more into lighter... Read more
Published on April 14 2004 by Darian Dennison
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