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Kilroy Was Here

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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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  • Audio CD (December 19, 1983)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GF6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By D. Hunter on October 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
First, understand that I wasn't around in the beginning, so I don't know Styx from their Wooden Nickel days. I was still in diapers, so sue me. I came in when Styx was reaching the height of poularity with Pieces of Eight, Paradise Theatre, Grand Illusion, Crystal Ball, et al. So when someone mentions the band Styx to me, that's what jumps to mind.

Now, I'm guessing the detractors of this album were around from the beginning, because I really don't see how Kilroy was that big a departure for Styx. Yes, it was experimental, but lighter? As if to say "Just Get Through This Night" is lighter than "Man in the Wilderness?" Or "Haven't We Been Here Before" is lighter than "Suite Madame Blue?" Please. This *is* Styx!

And while I like Styx' racier stuff (I'm the only one I know that loves "Half-Penny Two-Penny") most of the tracks on Kilroy are very well arranged and performed. I say most, because "Heavy Metal Poisoning" does suffer far too much from the "goofiness factor" another reviewer mentions. It reminds me too much of a cross between hard rock and showtunes, which is *not* a good thing. They definitely would have been better off keeping that track serious. And frankly, I think Styx' live version of "Don't Let It End" is far superior than the album version. As for the rest:

<li>Mr. Roboto: Synth heavy, not unpleasant, thought provoking lyrics

<li>Cold War: Catchy rhythym; almost rap-like

<li>High Time: Best adrenaline song on the album

<li>Just Get Through...: Quite possibly the best song on the album; very mellow and heartfelt. Tommy pours his soul out on this one.

<li>Double Life: My personal fave from this album; nothing complex about it, but best harmonies on the album. "Masquerade...
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Chess and Music on March 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I had been listening to Styx for 6 years and had all of their releases when Kilroy came crashing through with Mr Roboto. I'm not putting anybody down for liking that song, but it and the majority of the rest had such a negative impact on the longtime fans. Mr Roboto in retrospect isn't *horrible*, it just isn't Styx if you know what I mean. Cold War is absolutely the worst Styx song of all time. I can't believe Tommy would write or allow such garbage. Don't Let It End is respectable. High Time is more garbage. Heavy Metal Poisoning and Double Life are the best 2 songs (written by JY of course). Just Get Through the Night is actually pretty decent. Haven't We Been Here Before might be acceptable if there weren't so many light songs already here. The real shame is they had the talent, proven guitar work and awesome drumming by John to avoid such a quick fall from grace.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Magnetic on December 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The irony of the song "Don't let it end" is the key here. The Styx empire of classic rock ended with this album. I will state my status as a Styx fan prior to "Kilroy Was Here" and after. Prior to KWH I had the "Paradise Theater" album and I did enjoy it as a kid back then. It may not have been the best Styx album of all time but it was their most popular and pretty consistent as an album. Before "Paradise Theater", I only knew of Styx from the singles of that era. Back in the 45 rpm era, those were what really sold in that time. I have the 45s of "Babe" and "Lights" and I think I have "Why me" also. Anyway, I was a limited Styx fan at the point of time when "Paradise Theater" came out.

As for the "Kilroy Was Here" days of Styx, I was just getting into being a Rush fan so honestly KWH was not on my musical radar at the time. With me the controversial side of the release of the album doesn't even have a say in my musical history so no story from me here about that. I really only know of the controversy from seeing the VH1 special in the 90s.

On to the review, I think a two-star rating is fair enough. After just now listening to the album in it's entirety for the first time in a year or so, the weak songs are still weak to me. I do happen to love "Mr. Roboto", I do like "Don't let it end" very much and "Heavy Metal Poisoning" is a pretty good rocker, but the rest of the songs are just not good, IMHO. I know some people on here list other tracks and they have stated their opinions of them and I respect that, but honestly the rest of the tracks are weak in comparison to the three mentioned above.

Get this cd only for completist purposes only.
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39 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Art E. Rocker on February 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
What were they thinking? Or should I ask what was Dennis DeYoung thinking? His ever-expanding ego and arrogance finally took its toll on the band with this album which drove Tommy Shaw away for 13 years! He got away with the concept-driven Paradise Theater because the catchy "The Best of Times" and Tommy Shaw's "Too Much Time on My Hands" helped it sell a few million. Not to mention it was 1981 and popular music was at its worst.
But then along came 1983 and "Kilroy Was Here". It came with a storyline that could have easily been penned by a 7th grader, and a live show filled with some of the most vomit-inducing dialogue that ever graced a stage. Dennis' character was named Robert Orin Charles Kilroy. His initials were R.O.C.K. Get it??? Are you sure?
Dennis, Dennis, Dennis. This album was all you. All your idea, all your fault! This is why you've been kicked out of the band....TWICE. Long gone was the Dennis DeYoung of "Come Sail Away" and "Lady". We were introduced to the new persona that stays with us to this day. It started with the Paradise Theater's "Billy-Joel-meets-Liza-Minelli" persona, and on Kilroy became the "Andrew-Lloyd-Weber-swallows-a-robot" Dennis.
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