«Too Much Time on My Hands» is the second single released from Styx‘s 1981 triple-platinum album Paradise Theatre. It was written and sung by Tommy Shaw, who also plays the lead guitar solo during the break in the song. The song is centered on a new wave-styled synthesizer bass line. It reached No. 9 on the US Billboard Hot 100, No. 2 on the Top Rock Tracks chart, and No. 4 on the RPM Top Singles chart of Canada.
This Classic Rock staple was written by Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw, who also sang lead on the track. Shaw says he was asked to write one more song for the album, which followed the theme of a fictional 1920s concert hall rising to prominence and then crumbling. Shaw liked the concept, but was having trouble writing songs that fit, which is why this one doesn’t follow the theme. Shaw says that the song came into his head when he was driving to the recording studio, and when he arrived, he quickly had the band record what was in his head so he wouldn’t lose it. He found himself calling out chord changes as they played, which laid the groundwork for the track.
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