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Kilroy Was Here

Styx Audio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 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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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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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 Not as bad as everyone says it is, good Styx May 13 2004
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Buy it only for a laugh April 14 2004
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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 music due to Dennis Deyoung wanting to go towards that direction but Tommy Shaw wanted to go towards a heavier rock direction and I think that they should've went with what Tommy Shaw's idea instead of Dennis Deyoung cause I hear that he was having personality issues and I don't think that he should've forced the bandmates to do what he wanted to do and no wonder why Styx broke up the following year.
Overall I thought that the album was a little stupid but it's pretty enjoyable to listen to depending on what mood you're in and I think that Mr. Roboto is a really goofy song to listen to and I remember singing the 'Domo Arigato' part to somebody who was being rude to me so I can irritate him back and he thought that I was messed up, High Time and Heavy Metal Poisoning are also one of the bizarrest songs that I've ever heard also the latter has some great guitar playing and drumming but James Young's voice was creepy and it's something that makes you laugh, Cold War is not a bad song and Tommy Shaw takes the vocal duties on that one as well as Haven't We Been Here Before and Just Get Through the Night, Dennis Deyoung sings on Mr. Roboto (the album's first single which went Top 5 in early 1983), the balladry Don't Let it End (the album's other Top 10 hit and I refer it to the cheesy version of Babe), High Time and the closing track of Don't Let it End (reprise) which is actually a goofy jam song, James Young takes the vocals on Heavy Metal Poisoning and Double Life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
For the true Styx fan.
Published 1 month ago by kaswela
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!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars an underrated styx masterpiece
this is one of my favourite styx albums as it contained classic songs like mr roboto,high time and dont let it end. Read more
Published on June 20 2004 by statesboro blues
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
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
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