The Grand Illusion – Styx

The band originally formed in the Chicago, Illinois area in 1961 as “The Tradewinds”. The band played local bars while attending Chicago State University. This early line-up included brothers Chuck Panozzo and John Panozzo on guitar and drums, respectively; and Dennis DeYoung on vocals and keyboards. Changing their name briefly to “TW4″, Chuck switched to bass guitar and the band added guitarists/vocalists James “J.Y.” Young and John Curulewski.

In the early 70’s, the band members decided to choose a new name for the band and several suggestions were made and according to DeYoung, Styx was chosen because it was “the only one that none of us hated”.

They released their first album, Styx in 1972 and went nowhere. In 1973 they released Styx II, but didn’t get much of a play until one of the songs on that album, “Lady” broke through in 1975.

After that hit finally popped and went gold two years after its release, they released Equinox, which yielded instant success with “Lorelei” and “Light Up”.

The Grand Illusion


Welcome to the grand illusion
Come on in and see what’s happening
Pay the price, get your tickets for the show

The stage is set, the band starts playing
Suddenly your heart is pounding
Wishing secretly you were a star

But 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 is complete confusion
Because you never win the game
Just remember that it’s a grand illusion
‘Cause deep inside we’re all the same, all the same

So, if you think your life is complete confusion
‘Cause your neighbors got it made
Just remember that it’s a grand illusion
And deep inside we’re all the same

America spells competition
Join us in our blind ambition
Get yourself a brand new motor car

Someday soon, we’ll stop to ponder
What on earth’s this spell we’re under
We made the grade and still we wonder
Who the hell we are?

  • Audio from the 1977 album, The Grand Illusion:


About DJ Allyn

DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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