Pieces of Eight

The jig is up — the news is out — Styx releases “Pieces of Eight” on September 8, 1978.

It’s a recognizable 70’s classic with the hits “Renegade” and “Blue Collar Man” and it’s hard not to turn it up now and then. But the great rock-writer Lester Bangs wasn’t impressed:

What’s really interesting is not that such narcissistic slop should get recorded, but what must be going on in the minds of the people who support it in such amazing numbers. Gall, nerve and ego have never been far from great rock & roll. Yet there’s a thin but crucial line between those qualities and what it takes to fill arenas today: sheer self-aggrandizement on the most puerile level. If these are the champions, gimme the cripples.”[