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I love Steely Dan


by Anonymousreply 4901/11/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 101/10/2013

Aja is one of the best albums of the 70s.

by Anonymousreply 201/10/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 301/10/2013

deacon blues

great lyrics

This is the day of the expanding man That shape is my shade There where I used to stand It seems like only yesterday ...

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by Anonymousreply 501/10/2013

Yup! 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.

by Anonymousreply 601/10/2013


Deacon Blues

Good music

by Anonymousreply 701/10/2013

You do know they named themselves after a dildo.

by Anonymousreply 801/10/2013

Hey nineteen!

I've always liked this band.

by Anonymousreply 901/10/2013

beautiful sounds

by Anonymousreply 1001/10/2013

R8 - From William Burroughs' "Naked Lunch.

by Anonymousreply 1101/10/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1201/10/2013

"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.

by Anonymousreply 1301/10/2013

R3, I never read "Rikki" as gay but I totally think "Gaucho" is!

bodacious cowboys such as your friend will never be welcome here

by Anonymousreply 1401/10/2013

Um, are you talking about Big *Star*, r15?

by Anonymousreply 1601/10/2013

Favorite Song....Dirty Work

by Anonymousreply 1701/10/2013

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!

by Anonymousreply 1801/10/2013

They always deliver. Love them. "Any World That I'm Welcome To" is one of my favorites.

by Anonymousreply 1901/10/2013

They are one of my favorites.

Very complex song structures. Almost jazz. I love them but I see why some people are not enthused.

by Anonymousreply 2001/10/2013

Did this band tour? I can't remember ever seeing them on tour.

by Anonymousreply 2101/10/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2201/11/2013

My old school is about a drug bust at Bard.

by Anonymousreply 2301/11/2013

" Show business kids makin' movies of themselves

The don't give a FUCK about anybody else! "

by Anonymousreply 2401/11/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 2501/11/2013

What was the name of that cousin fucking song they did?

by Anonymousreply 2601/11/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2701/11/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2801/11/2013

Why don't you steal away, steal away, take it from the whites.

by Anonymousreply 3001/11/2013

Ricky was a guy you know, that makes Steely Dan a bunch of homos.

by Anonymousreply 3101/11/2013

"Languid and bittersweet". I always loved that in "Deacon Blues". Some of my favorites:

Black Cow

Babylon Sisters

Caves of Altamira

Pretzel Logic

Daddy Don't Live in that New York City No More


Haitian Divorce

by Anonymousreply 3201/11/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3301/11/2013

"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.

by Anonymousreply 3401/11/2013

The name is not from a porn mag, r22, it's from William Burrough's "Naked Lunch".

by Anonymousreply 3501/11/2013

Saw Fagen on the street a few years ago, really old and fugly looking. He's also a letch, into very young girls.

by Anonymousreply 3601/11/2013

Is there gas in the car? Is there gas in the car?

by Anonymousreply 3701/11/2013

They only had one hit, then milked it for ten years.

by Anonymousreply 3801/11/2013

Toto was better'n Steely Dan, I say!

by Anonymousreply 3901/11/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4001/11/2013

Love them and my favorite album is Pretzel Logic. Terrific tunes on that one.

by Anonymousreply 4101/11/2013

Steely Dan is a great band. Period.

by Anonymousreply 4201/11/2013

r36, thanks for explaining the inspiration for "Hey Nineteen".

by Anonymousreply 4301/11/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4401/11/2013

R37, I think the people down the hall know who you are.

by Anonymousreply 4501/11/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4601/11/2013

Michael McDonald aged all of a sudden. I was very sad.

by Anonymousreply 4701/11/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4801/11/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 4901/11/2013
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