Monday, October 19, 2015

"Don't Let It End" by Styx

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1436
Date:  04/30/1983
Debut:  35
Peak:  6
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Styx's rock opera-ish album "Kilroy Was Here" got off to a solid start when the theatrical track "Mr. Roboto" reached #3 and went gold. This second single also did well getting into the Top 10 while also hitting #13 at AC. The dual Top 10's matched the same feat accomplished by their previous album "Paradise Theater."

ReduxReview:  I've always found it kind of odd and funny that the final Top 10 single from the prime era of Styx (with all members intact) was called "Don't Let It End." Unfortunately, it did. Dennis DeYoung certainly could write a good ballad and this one is no exception. He often bordered on the saccharine, but pulled back before crossing the line (at least with this main era of Styx). I wouldn't consider this among his very best, but it was a good single.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  The band's roots come from a group formed in Chicago by Dennis DeYoung and the Panozzo twins (Chuck and John). They became The Tradewinds in 1961. Later around 1965 the band had to revise their name due to another band called The Trade Winds hitting the Top 40 with "New York's a Lonely Town" (#32). They then became TW4 and stayed with that name until they signed with Wooden Nickel Records. At that point, they decided to get a new name. Apparently, hundreds were tossed about to the band and they didn't like any of them. At one point, Styx (the Greek mythological river) was suggested. It was the only name that all band members didn't hate, so they adopted the new moniker and issued a self-titled debut in 1972.


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