Former Styx singer and keyboardist Dennis DeYoung celebrates his 72nd birthday today (February 18th). He gets deep in his songwriting in fact Mr. Roboto pretty much caused him to leave Styx. Or caused the band to leave him. “The Best of Times” is a song he wrote for Paradise Theater and it made to number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981. He explains what inspired it.
“In 1980, when the album was constructed, we’d just come through the Iranian crisis — remember when they held the hostages. We’d just come through, really, in my mind, the end of the Vietnam War, Watergate, the oil embargo, and now we had taking hostages. And ‘The Best of Times’ was a song about trying to rationalize in my own mind, having grown up, really, in the late ‘50s-early ‘60s in probably the greatest time to be alive in the history of mankind — to be in this country at that time — and then to go through the turmoil of the late ‘60s and all through the ‘70s.”
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