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Song of the Day #1771

Song of the Day: Mr. Roboto, words and music by Dennis DeYoung, was released as a single from the 1983 album "Kilroy Was Here" by the band, Styx. A quintessential mash-up of prog-rock and synth-pop styles, the song went to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is part of a rock opera of sorts, in response to anti-rock religious groups who pushed various bills demanding record manufacturers to label albums that might include "subliminal" messages through "backward masking" (see the "Paul is Dead" controversy that emerged from various Beatles' recordings [YouTube link]). The Styx album tells the story of a futuristic society run by a theocratic fascist state and the "Majority for Musical Morality" [YouTube link]. This rebellious song sports an infectious hook and a memorable video [YouTube link]. Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto! [Yarn link].