The Grand Illusion

They were recording music before I was born…..  Styx was the first band to have four consecutive albums go multi-platinum (1977-81).  Nowadays,  they are more famous for having been covered by South Park’s Cartman in his manic rendition of Come Sail Away and  Babe, their contribution to the near bottomless pool of love songs.

I recently discovered The Grand Illusion, the 1977 album whose lyrics still hold true to this day.   According to Dennis de Young,  the album’s theme  was “the struggle to overcome self-deluding superficiality in order to affirm one’s genuine value.  This is reflected in the lyrics to the album’s title track:

don’t be fooled by the radio, the TV, or the magazines
they show you photographs of how your life should be
but they’re just someone else’s fantasy
so if you think your life’s complete confusion
’cause your neighbor’s got it made
just remember that it’s a grand illusion
and deep inside we’re all the same

Pink echoes this lament in Stupid Girls….

Where, oh where, have the smart people gone? 
Oh where, oh where could they be?


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