Too Much Time on My Hands

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"Too Much Time on My Hands"
Single by Styx
from the album Paradise Theatre
Released March 1981
Format 7"
Recorded 1980
Genre Hard rock, new wave
Length 4:31
Label A&M
Writer(s) Tommy Shaw
Styx singles chronology
"The Best of Times"
"Too Much Time on My Hands"
"Nothing Ever Goes as Planned"

"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,[1] No. 2 on the Top Rock Tracks chart, and No. 4 on the RPM Top Singles chart of Canada.


In popular culture[edit]

The song enjoyed a small revival when The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon started talking about the music video in April 2016.[2][3] 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.[4] In this video Fallon plays the part of Dennis DeYoung and Rudd plays Tommy Shaw.[5][6] Tommy Shaw has commented positively and said he was impressed with Fallon's vocals.[7]


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