I love Steely Dan
|by Anonymous||reply 49||01/11/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 1||01/10/2013|
Aja is one of the best albums of the 70s.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||01/10/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 3||01/10/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 5||01/10/2013|
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.
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|by Anonymous||reply 7||01/10/2013|
You do know they named themselves after a dildo.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||01/10/2013|
I've always liked this band.
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|by Anonymous||reply 10||01/10/2013|
R8 - From William Burroughs' "Naked Lunch.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||01/10/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 12||01/10/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 13||01/10/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 14||01/10/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||01/10/2013|
Um, are you talking about Big *Star*, r15?
|by Anonymous||reply 16||01/10/2013|
Favorite Song....Dirty Work
|by Anonymous||reply 17||01/10/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 18||01/10/2013|
They always deliver. Love them. "Any World That I'm Welcome To" is one of my favorites.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||01/10/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 20||01/10/2013|
Did this band tour? I can't remember ever seeing them on tour.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||01/10/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 22||01/10/2013|
My old school is about a drug bust at Bard.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||01/10/2013|
" Show business kids makin' movies of themselves
The don't give a FUCK about anybody else! "
|by Anonymous||reply 24||01/10/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 25||01/10/2013|
What was the name of that cousin fucking song they did?
|by Anonymous||reply 26||01/10/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 27||01/10/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 28||01/10/2013|
That's fag shit.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||01/10/2013|
Why don't you steal away, steal away, take it from the whites.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||01/10/2013|
Ricky was a guy you know, that makes Steely Dan a bunch of homos.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||01/10/2013|
"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
|by Anonymous||reply 32||01/10/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 33||01/11/2013|
"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 Anonymous||reply 34||01/11/2013|
The name is not from a porn mag, r22, it's from William Burrough's "Naked Lunch".
|by Anonymous||reply 35||01/11/2013|
Saw Fagen on the street a few years ago, really old and fugly looking. He's also a letch, into very young girls.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||01/11/2013|
Is there gas in the car? Is there gas in the car?
|by Anonymous||reply 37||01/11/2013|
They only had one hit, then milked it for ten years.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||01/11/2013|
Toto was better'n Steely Dan, I say!
|by Anonymous||reply 39||01/11/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 40||01/11/2013|
Love them and my favorite album is Pretzel Logic. Terrific tunes on that one.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||01/11/2013|
Steely Dan is a great band. Period.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||01/11/2013|
r36, thanks for explaining the inspiration for "Hey Nineteen".
|by Anonymous||reply 43||01/11/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 44||01/11/2013|
R37, I think the people down the hall know who you are.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||01/11/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 46||01/11/2013|
Michael McDonald aged all of a sudden. I was very sad.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||01/11/2013|
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 Anonymous||reply 48||01/11/2013|
[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 Anonymous||reply 49||01/11/2013|