Styx - "Babe"

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Does this make me a bad person?

sundar subramanian (sundar), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 04:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

YES.

Kim (Kim), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 04:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Can I still have your album?

sundar subramanian (sundar), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 04:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Sure. It's a greatest hits - bought at Zellers ten years ago. What do I get? (yeah aah aah...)

Kim (Kim), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 04:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

STrife to thread!

David R. (popshots75`), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 04:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

What do you want? Wasn't I supposed to bring you something anyway? (My own stuff?)

If it's any consolation, I downloaded a Cure song as well.

To sum up, it's one of the most embarrassing hits of a middling hard rock band who were neither hard nor rock by this point. An almost adult-contemporary ballad built over ridiculous panned bell-like synth sounds. About how she means everything to him and how he's sad he has to leave her. It was the only track by them on mp3mtv.com. And I've played it probably five times today. I think it's all about the hooks in the airbrushed chorus (the switch at "had enough" then repeated at "giving up").

sundar subramanian (sundar), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 05:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

'Cornerstone' was a tremendous, vertiginous letdown after 'Pieces of Eight'

dave q, Tuesday, 14 January 2003 11:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"ridiculous panned bell-like synth sounds" = Fender Rhodes electric piano (the kind Portishead likes to use a lot).

rh, Tuesday, 14 January 2003 12:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

oh man. Cornerstone was one of the last records I bought before going new wave/punk. You listen to it now (theoretically - I sold it well before college) and marvel at how full of themselves they were. If I recall, "Lights" was about how they'll continue to rock and roll, even as their friends and colleagues tell them to slow down and pace themselves. And there are at least a couple of post-baby-boomer cautionary tales, and one of the worst political rhymes ever written ("I had my car and I made the scene/Didn't give a damn about no gasoline/Oh no/Well, they can go to hell"). Am I making this more interesting than it actually was?

mike a (mike a), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 16:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

If it's any consolation, I downloaded a Cure song as well.

To sum up, it's one of the most embarrassing hits of a middling hard rock band who were neither hard nor rock by this point.

That's no way to talk about the Cure.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 16:28 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I do remember being impressed by the laser etchings on Paradise Theatre, though. Even if Split Enz did it first and better.

mike a (mike a), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 16:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

True Enz! Split Colours! Seriously, didn't they come out almost simultaneously?

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 16:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Babe" works on Roller Skates.

christoff (christoff), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 17:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Mike A - how about that other political number where they REALLY stick it to the man in uncompromising punk terms! (The one where they suggest Ted Kennedy to reconsider his candidacy. I swear I am not fucking making this up. Expect "Al Gore, the country needs you" or something soon from them...)

dave q, Tuesday, 14 January 2003 18:04 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I've got dozens of friends, and the fun never ends - that is, as long as I'm buying. Is it any wonder I've got too much time on my hands?

mike a (mike a), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 18:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

True Colours was earlier, 1980. (Yes I'm a closet Split Enz fan)

Sundar - You were supposed to give me a cd of your own stuff? I suppose we might have had that conversation and I just can't remember it due to beer (though I'm surprised that you would either!) - that trade works in any case. My one and only Styx CD now has your name on it.

Kim (Kim), Wednesday, 15 January 2003 03:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Does this make me a bad person?
The only way it could be worse is if this thread was titled Styx - "Lady"

Lord Custos Omega (Lord Custos Omega), Wednesday, 15 January 2003 15:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Ned: You're right. They never rocked.

Kim: Do you have any Kansas?

This song is now second only to "Sk8er Boi" on my iTunes most played list.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Wednesday, 15 January 2003 22:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I sold my only Kansas CD back in '96 to buy food. So, no.

Kim (Kim), Wednesday, 15 January 2003 22:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hm, they WERE very close together, but you're right about True Colours coming first...but only by a couple months (Paradise Theatre was released in January of 1981, and Split Enz was in late October of 1980). They were both from A&M though, which is probably why they both got the laser etching.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Wednesday, 15 January 2003 22:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Ned: You're right. They never rocked.

Mean.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 16 January 2003 02:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

fifteen years pass...

That ABBA moment reminds me of when on Styx' "Behind the Music", Tommy Shaw brags that he got the nod to join the band because he could hit the high note on "Lady". Nice one, Al. Oh, and speaking of "Al"...one of the worst songs ever is "You Can Call Me Al."

Joe Gargan (dandydonweiner), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 18:28 (one week ago) Permalink

Take That - 'Babe' >>> Styx - 'Babe'

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 18:41 (one week ago) Permalink

you can call me al rules!!!!!!!!!!!

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 18:49 (one week ago) Permalink

no, and that whole Graceland debacle...

Joe Gargan (dandydonweiner), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 18:52 (one week ago) Permalink


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