James ‘JY’ Young Talks About The Most Requested Styx Song
A list of songs that rockers hate the most recently came out and surprisingly enough, “Mr. Roboto” by Styx came in at number 2! Well, it just so happened that The Mike & Carla Morning Show got the chance to catch up with Styx guitarist James Young and asked him about this. How ironic, because “JY”, as he is known, said that song just happens to be the number one requested song on tour!
The song itself, “Mr. Roboto”, from the album “Kilroy Was Here”, a conceptual LP was released in 1983. Being one of the bands biggest hits peaking at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was on the charts for eighteen weeks before falling off in April of that year.
The song features the classic line, “…My heart is human, my blood is boiling, my brain I.B.M”, but when talking about the song, Young told M&C he never was wasn’t a big fan from the beginning. In fact, didn’t think it even belonged on the album, but decided to trust bandmate Dennis DeYoung, who wrote the song.
Of course, when DeYoung decided that he was no longer going back on the road, Young talked to the other band members and they decided to drop it from future concerts. However, a couple of years ago, the band had a sit down. They asked their people who were in the arena during shows what was the one song fans wanted to hear and guess what? It was “MR. ROBOTO”!
With that said, James Young decided it was time to put the hit back in the show! Sometimes it’s best to just give the fans what they want. Styx does now does the song as a part of their encore. So, if you have the time, take a couple of minutes and listen to James Young first hand talking about the song. And if you want to see the full list of “The Most Hated Rock Songs” scroll down a little further…and enjoy!
Rocks Most Hated Songs -- Is Yours On The Short List?
What are rock’s most hated songs and albums?Ultimate Classic Rock has ranked them. Their opinion, of course, but you might agree.
First off, there is definitely a difference between rock’s worst records and rock’s most hated records. There could certainly be crossover, that’s for sure, as you’ll see in on this list of Rock’s Most Hated Records, but there’s a whole different place for records that aren’t just bad, but also totally despised!
Terrible records can be ignored, and often they just disappear after their short life span. But hated records? Ohhhh – they can live forever. my friend. FOR-EVER! Younger music fans may not know a single thing about Terry Jacks god-awful 70’s song “Seasons in the Sun,“ or that she ran calling “Wildfire”– wait, it’s a horse?? But they can probably tell you that The Beach Boys“Kokomo” from the following decade is all sorts of awful. And that they really, really hate it.
Neil Young shifted gears, as he had several times in his career, with his Trans album. He did all-in, speaker-shredding rock ‘n’ roll, and acoustic country ballads – sometimes on the same album. He’s made LPs dedicated to rockabilly, big-band, R&B and grunge music. Many of his albums are adored; and many just ignored. Trans, was exploration into synth sounds, and it’s downright hated – by many Neil Young fans – because of its whiplash-inducing shift.
That’s what you’ll find on this list of Rock’s Most Hated Records. Some of these albums and songs were really just dives into ego-inflating excess. Remember the album Gregg Allman and Cher made together? (I actually thought it was fun – especially for the time it was released – late 70’s, disco, etc. And then there’s “Mr. Roboto”! Why STYX, why?
As I looked at this list of Albums and records it looks more like music that you have a love-hate relationship with, as opposed to just hating. But you decide.
Before we look at the records, here are the “most hated” albums:
The story goes, “Silly Love Songs” was written as a rebuttal to music critics who had criticized McCartney for writing lightweight love songs. McCartney is inviting his audience to have a laugh on him.
"Mr. Roboto" - Styx
What was the story behind Mr. Roboto? In jail, workers have been replaced by robots called “Robotos,” and Kilroy escapes inside a robot costume (thus, Mr. Roboto). This song is about his escape from jail. It makes a statement about the dehumanizing of the working class.
"We Built This City" - Starship
What city was Starship talking about in We Built This City? Band members said “Everybody thought we were talking about San Francisco (as the city built by rock ‘n’ roll).” “First of all, it’s written by a British guy about Los Angeles sung by a San Francisco group. It’s talking about the clubs closing, or being closed down, in Los Angeles.
"Shiny Happy People", R.E.M. featuring Kate Pierson of The B-52's
Michael Stipe hated Shiny Happy People. He called it “A really fruity, kind of bubblegum song.” In one interview, he said that he was a bit embarrassed when it became a big hit, but it’s an important song because it shows a different side of him. Stipe said: “Many people’s idea of R.E.M, and me in particular, is very serious, with me being a very serious kind of poet. But I’m also actually quite funny – hey, my bandmates think so, my family thinks so, my boyfriend thinks so, so I must be – but that doesn’t always come through in the music!”
We Didn't Start the Fire" - Billy Joel
What did Billy Joel mean by “we didn’t start the fire?” Billy Joel came up with the idea for the song when he turned 40 years old. A chance meeting with Sean Lennon, son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, made him realize how each subsequent generation feels things are getting worse and worse while ignoring the troubles of the past.
Sussudio - Phil Collins
Sussudiodoesn’t actually have a particular meaning. It was something Phil Collins made up. The song itself is about a crush he had on a girl at school. Is the song annoying? Maybe -but it’s a catchy song to hate!
Kokomo - The Beach Boys
Kokomo is a city in the middle of Indiana and is also a small resort owned by Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay. The title was made up. It was supposed to represent all the tropical places and images that people think of when wishing to get away to some paradise island to escape the dreary work life. John Phillips thought the name sounded good and wanted to use it for the title.
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” was originally supposed to be a radio-only single from Armageddon: The Album, but due to popular demand, Columbia Records issued the song commercially in August 1998. It subsequently debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Aerosmith their first and only number-one single in their home country.