- Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
Name = Fooling Yourself
(The Angry Young Man)
from Album = The Grand Illusion
B-side = The Grand Finale
Genre = Rock
Label = A&M
Chart position =
* #29 (US
Billboard Hot 100)
Last single = "
Come Sail Away"
This single = "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)"
Next single = "
Blue Collar Man"
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.Fact|date=February 2008
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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