I agree, OP, but they've been so overplayed for so long that most people just don't realize it. It's like white noise to them.
Aja is one of the best albums of the 70s.
I also love Steely Dan and I'm in my 30's. A co-worker of mine turned me on to them a few years ago; I wish bands today could make music this good.
I always "read" Rikki Don't Lose That Number as a song about two gay men. The lyrics really make sense in that context.
This is the day of the expanding man
That shape is my shade
There where I used to stand
It seems like only yesterday ...
Steely Dan was great.
Music is just not the same anymore.
I feel quite sorry for today's young people.
There are no equals.
Name one "artist" today.
You do know they named themselves after a dildo.
I've always liked this band.
R8 - From William Burroughs' "Naked Lunch.
I fucking love Steely Dan.
But, I hate music threads on DL, because they're full of know-nothings like this eldergay:
[quote]Music is just not the same anymore. I feel quite sorry for today's young people. There are no equals. Name one "artist" today.
"Deacon Blues" is one of greatest pieces of music ever. I have been listening to that for over 30 years and I'm still not tired of hearing it.
R3, I never read "Rikki" as gay but I totally think "Gaucho" is!
bodacious cowboys such as your friend
will never be welcome here
Dreadful band. Pretentious to the max. Smooth elevator music that adds up to a big nothing. The greatest band of the 70's was The Clash. The second greatest 70's band was the much troubled, much neglected, and so soulful, so strange Big City.
Alex Chilton? Mad genius. Dan Fagen and Walker Becker. Meh.
Um, are you talking about Big *Star*, r15?
Favorite Song....Dirty Work
Big Star. My error. Was thinking of "Heart of the City," which borrows from Steely Dan (in fact, Nick Lowe admits he has "nicked" the band). Good for Lowe!
They always deliver. Love them. "Any World That I'm Welcome To" is one of my favorites.
They are one of my favorites.
Very complex song structures. Almost jazz. I love them but I see why some people are not enthused.
Did this band tour? I can't remember ever seeing them on tour.
I've always loved the story of how the band got its name - "Steely Dan" was the name of a particular kind of dildo that was advertised in a porn magazine that Donald Fagen was whacking off to at the time.
My old school is about a drug bust at Bard.
" Show business kids makin' movies of themselves
The don't give a FUCK about anybody else! "
[quote]Very complex song structures. Almost jazz. I love them but I see why some people are not enthused.
I agree. They are an acquired taste.
What was the name of that cousin fucking song they did?
I had a couple of their albums a few years ago.
Too bad their pompous bullshit letters have put some people off. I honestly think they locked themselves in the recording studio smoking top grade bud for too long. Or maybe they are just paranoid.
One letter to director Wes Anderson indicates that they saved Owen Wilson from the brink of disaster. They then pick apart the director's career and say he is suffering from malaise which can be cured if Anderson hires Steely Dan to put one of their songs in his movie.
No, sorry, I refuse to believe it's a joke. These boneheads are humorless and think they are god's gift to music.
The letter is linked below.
This is the letter those nut jobs wrote to Luke Wilson accusing the writer and producers of "You, Me and Dupree" of plagiarism because they had previous written a song called, "Cousin Dupree".
Hey, I attended high school with a chick whose last name named Dupree. Maybe she should sue them for ripping off her name? That makes about as much sense.
If they are joking, it's lame and the joke went on far too long.
Why don't you steal away, steal away, take it from the whites.
Ricky was a guy you know, that makes Steely Dan a bunch of homos.
"Languid and bittersweet". I always loved that in "Deacon Blues". Some of my favorites:
Caves of Altamira
Daddy Don't Live in that New York City No More
Ricardo don't lose my number
It's written on the stall
You might need it if you get horny
When you get home, get home, get home, get home.
"Dreadful band. Pretentious to the max. Smooth elevator music that adds up to a big nothing."
You are indeed a big, fat, brainless idiot. You wouldn't know good music if it bit you on your pimply ass.
The name is not from a porn mag, r22, it's from William Burrough's "Naked Lunch".
Saw Fagen on the street a few years ago, really old and fugly looking. He's also a letch, into very young girls.
Is there gas in the car? Is there gas in the car?
They only had one hit, then milked it for ten years.
Toto was better'n Steely Dan, I say!
Donald has a new album out called Sunken Condos. He does sound a little like a dirty old man now but he addresses that in the song Slinky Thing. Great album. I've been a fan for 30 years. My favorites:
Babylon Sisters, My Old School, Aja, Sign In Stranger and, strangely, The Fez. I also liked his solo Trans Island Skyway.
Love them and my favorite album is Pretzel Logic. Terrific tunes on that one.
Steely Dan is a great band. Period.
r36, thanks for explaining the inspiration for "Hey Nineteen".
Superb musicianship but that highly compressed production style on some of their records (particularly the later albums) leaves me cold. No "air" around the sound.
R37, I think the people down the hall know who you are.
Saw Fagen in the Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald concert and he was the best performer and actually looked the best on stage. He doesn't have a good voice, but he worked it. Boz sounded great but seemed bored. McDonald's voice didn't sound strong and he's fat. At least Fagen rocked it, bouncing around and dancing.
Michael McDonald aged all of a sudden. I was very sad.
R27/R28 is a fucking idiot. R38 is even stupider.
I love Steely Dan. I saw the Fagen/Scaggs/McDonald tour and was pretty disappointed. Fagen's a crazy little old man with no voice. I swore I'd never waste my time on him live again, but then saw Steely Dan a year or two ago (free tickets). So disappointing. Still love the records, though.
[quote]Superb musicianship but that highly compressed production style on some of their records (particularly the later albums) leaves me cold. No "air" around the sound.
I saw them live a number of years ago (something I never thought would happen considering the transitory musicians)
and I was actually kind of disappointed.
I don't know if it was lack of "air"
exactly but my feeling was it was too
perfect if that makes sense. They didn't
jam or play one note that wasn't in the original recording. No improvising I
guess. No soul. Something was missing
while still being musically perfect.