Re: Do prog fans generally hate Kansas more than Styx?
Posted by B. D. on 12/20/2016, 5:42 pm, in reply to "Do prog fans generally hate Kansas more than Styx? "
I've never heard a Styx album in full. I love "Carry On Wayward Son" and see no shame in that, but I sold my CD of Leftoverture because the rest of the album was almost totally godawful, something I only realized when I began seeing Kansas hate all over review sites. I think Styx are probably the cheesier band overall, but they may have more good songs than Kansas. Kansas' prog epics are all disastrously bad except for "Icarus, Borne On Wings Of Steel" from 1975. The worst Kansas songs I've heard were "Questions Of My Childhood" and "Cheyenne Anthem" from Leftoverture. Those were just plain sh*tty. "Mr. Roboto" is so bad it's good on the other hand. That said Dennis DeYoung's voice is really bad and along with his terrible keyboards, sinks a lot of otherwise decent Styx melodies.
I wish I could show you the back covers of Kansas' albums from the early 80s--seeing these hick prog guys wearing New Wave skinny ties and dressed like Geoff Downes and shit was pretty hilarious.
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