WATCH: Jimmy Fallon & Paul Rudd Recreate Styx Music Video “Too Much Time on My Hands”

One of the strangest, and most iconic, music videos of the early MTV era was Styx video for “Too Much Time on My Hands.”  The song is the second single released from Styx’s 1981 triple-platinum album Paradise Theatre. and was written and sung by Tommy Shaw, who also plays the lead guitar solo during the break in the song. According to some reports, the inspiration for its lyrics came from Shaw’s experiences in a bar in Niles, Michigan, U.S. “Too Much Time on My Hands” eventually reached No. 9 on the US Billboard Hot 100,

Here’s more on the “revival” of this classic video from Wikipedia:

The song enjoyed a small revival when The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon started talking about the music video after hearing the song on the radio in April 2016. This culminated with the episode on April 29, 2016 when Fallon showed a shot-by-shot reenactment of the video with him and guest Paul Rudd on the show. In this video Fallon plays the part of Dennis DeYoung and Rudd plays Tommy Shaw, with A.D. Miles as James Young, Seth Herzog as John Panozzo, and Gerard Bradford as Chuck Panozzo. Tommy Shaw has commented positively and said he was impressed with Fallon’s vocals.

The Fallon/Rudd video below, the original from Styx below that.

 

 

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