116. Styx

116. Styx
If you are a baseball fan you might remember the sad tale of Bill Buckner whose solid career was completely overshadowed by the ground ball that dribbled through his legs that cost the Boston Red Sox the World Series in 1986. It is a very melodramatic analogy but a couple of us at NIHOF wondered aloud if Mr. Roboto may have been the error that overshadowed the career of Styx.   Okay, that was a reach. Granted, at the time the aforementioned song was considered a little pompous and unintentional cheesy compared to their Hard Rock efforts, but the fact remained that Styx had delivered radio staples for ten years previous. Originally, an artsy Progressive Rock band, Styx broke away from that mold with the addition of Tommy Shaw and delivered many significant Hard Rock tunes and power ballads. Styx does have a series of hits that keeps them in the public consciousness, but considering they either often labeled a Progressive Rock or Arena Rock band (both of which appear to be looked down upon by the voting committee) will likely keep them out of Cleveland.   The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1997   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Chicago, IL)   Why They Will Get In: A series of hit songs that have staying power helps their cause.   Why They Won’t Get In: Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto!   Nominated In: Never   Essential Albums: The Grand Illusion (1977) Pieces of Eight (1978) Cornerstone (1979) Paradise Theatre (1981)     Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Crystal Ball (From Crystal Ball, 1976) Come Sail Away (From The Grand Illusion, 1977) Blue Collar Man (From Pieces of Eight, 1978) Renegade (From Pieces of Eight, 1978) Too Much Time on My Hands (From Paradise Theatre, 1981)   www.styxworld.com {youtube}S0YZTYci5yo{/youtube}{youtube}e5MAg_yWsq8{/youtube}{youtube}H-TQWFqWqsc{/youtube}{youtube}wB8QoNe0bvQ{/youtube}{acepolls 115}

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