Mr Roboto

web_image-styx-kilroy-was-here-lp-471628831Styx had one of their most enduring hits in 1983 with the conceptual "Mr Roboto". In it the band introduced audiences to Kilroy, who, according to the album, Was Here, and apparently stayed just long enough to tell an inadequate  fragment of a science fiction story and teach America two words in Japanese. Those words were "Domo Arigato" and, after a concept album, a film, a live stage show, and 33 years to ponder, it's still unclear why Styx wanted us to say 'thank you" to a robot. Guest Tim Young dials in direct from Tokyo, Japan to make sense out of racist robot masks, music censorship and the other Japanese words in the song that no Americans ever bothered to learn.

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