Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man) (5:30)

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“Fooling Yourself” is the second single released from Styx’s The Grand Illusion album.

The song was written by guitarist Tommy Shaw. Shaw has said many time in interviews that “Fooling Yourself” was originally based on Shaw’s initial perception of Styx keyboardist Dennis DeYoung — an “angry young man” who viewed the group’s successes with a wary eye and grew angry or depressed with every setback. It was only in later years, Shaw noted, that he began to see himself in the lyrics, and the song took on a more personal meaning to him.

In addition to Shaw’s driving guitar tracks during the verse and chorus, DeYoung performs two intricate synthesizer solos, the first, in the middle of the song, is performed in 7/8 time, an unusual and somewhat difficult rhythm for a pop song. The second solo, as the song fades out, is performed in 6/8 time.


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  • ZorianaYudin


    22 Mar 2014 Reply
  • gemijo

    "Seems like there's a lot of angry young men around these days" I agree frearson10

    7 Feb 2014 Reply
  • frearson10

    Seems like there's a lot of angry young men around these days.

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • gemijo

    Such a great song...and it still is.

    15 Nov 2013 Reply

    Who says some good things can't come out of Chicago? ...politics notwithstanding.

    3 Oct 2013 Reply

    One of their best songs. And there were several!!!

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • frearson10

    Classic Styx primetime song! Like all good things, they come to an end (except the Stones....they must be mummies!)

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • greenvillepa


    13 Jul 2013 Reply
  • CanYouBlush

    mr. roboto says hell yeahhhh!!!! haha

    27 Feb 2013 Reply
  • maryannmassacre


    19 Feb 2013 Reply
  • MIKEH3875

    can't beat illusion/PO8 era styx,great time for the far as cornerstone goes its not one of their best but they did bounce back with paradise theater which is the last great album they did.don't get me started on kilroy was here

    29 Dec 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    @ClassicRockur...Agreed and with all the shit that went down in that Band..I mean they all finally went to court to "divorce" Dennis DeYoung from the band..I bet down thru the years everybody self-medicated..Tommy Shaw did..I know I would have!

    12 Jul 2012 Reply
  • lisabemine


    1 Jul 2012 Reply
  • nick_honest

    great song

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • jimmyeppley

    The synth on this song<3

    29 Apr 2012 Reply
  • supermediadave

    Playing this Saturday at Billy Bob's in beautiful Fort Worth, TX.

    3 Jan 2012 Reply
  • gemini222


    12 Oct 2011 Reply
  • orses4corses

    Styx is the greatest band of all time. They wrote some of the greatest and most powerful rock tracks (sadly which are not aired on the radio too often!)

    26 Sep 2011 Reply
  • ClassicRockur

    Yep, Tommy Shaw knew Dennis for about a year at that point and it was an incredibly tough time for Styx. They had Tommy but they needed a hit record. Dennis gave up his entire life for the band, he was married and had a family and he wanted to be successful. Luckily Grand Illusion was a smash hit, but then sadly for Dennis the pressures of touring constantly and being away from his family got to him too. Oh and a fun fact, when Tommy says "come on, doctor" before the Synth solo, it was a nickname he gave to Dennis because Dennis took pills all the time, and he always thought he was sick with this or that so they started calling him "The Doctor"!

    9 Aug 2011 Reply
  • lisabemine

    LOVE LOVE LOVE STYX The lead singer is soooooo damn cute.

    3 Aug 2011 Reply
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