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Kilroy Was Here
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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)|
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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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?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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 morePublished on May 3 2009 by Mike Reed
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 morePublished on July 17 2004 by Mike
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 morePublished on July 9 2004
MADONNA'S AMERICAN LIFE IS MUCH BETTER THAN THIS CRAP!!! to mr india..Published on June 23 2004 by LATIN FOX!!!!
this is one of my favourite styx albums as it contained classic songs like mr roboto,high time and dont let it end. Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by statesboro blues
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 morePublished on May 19 2004 by John J. Baker
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 afl
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