However, since then, the only Asia songs I've heard that I can stand at all are "The Heat Goes On" and maybe "Countdown To Zero." "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes" is pretty bad. "Only Time Will Tell" verges on tolerable but not really. Oh wait, I forgot "One Step Closer"--the only other song on Asia that I cared for. Since I didn't like the debut, I won't be going anywhere near their other albums; the only one people seem to really care about is the debut, except for George Starostin's strange defense of Alpha, the follow-up.
I don't know when Howe started looking really terrible. Probably ABWH. It was really Downes' band, IMO--he had some sort of Guinness record for most keyboards on stage with something like 28.