I identify Skunk more with the Doobies than I do with Steely Dan, but that’s just me. And so much beyond because of the beautiful lyrics. 7) Aja ( Aja) Steely Dan are without a doubt the best band I have ever heard and still today I love all tracks. I think supermarket playlists have the same Steely Dan Factor that Seven Levy discovered on his iPod shuffle. Steely Dan. Over the past ten or fifteen years they have served a welcomed role as a recurring interest that unexpectedly returns every other year or so, always bringing new lyrics to unpack, unusually crafty musical phrases to discover, a previously buried yet thoroughly riveting guitar solo or even an entire song that, for some reason, chose to remain hidden on previous listens. Steely Dan’s fascinating fourth album, from 1975, lives at the midpoint of the band’s first act. they lay there side by side for a while, not speaking, then the roommate switched on the radio. Spending a lifetime defending Dan them from the ZZ Top “they suck” crowd has had its rewards. So although it *might* fit - I think it is the late Mr. Evans, not the self-named "Hollywood" Henderson. For the most part though, I find them a little too cold for my taste. Whores: (A man that is impotent tries to regain his virility by having a 3-way with some hookers) 2. Drink scotch whiskey all night long Yes I did that. When Steely Dan arrived on the scene in 1972, “progressive rock” was in vogue, with bands like Yes, ELP, and Genesis catching the fancy of many listeners. Steely Dan is an American jazz rock band founded by core members Walter Becker (guitars, bass, backing vocals) and Donald Fagen (keyboards, lead vocals) in 1972. Which is not to say that there was never a drug bust at Bard College. Still, everyone new Peg was the shit. They must be … The 10 Best War On Drugs Songs. Becker and Fagen are whimsical, often sarcastic lyricists, having written "cerebral, wry and eccentric" songs about drugs, love affairs, and crime. Steely Dan’s a band that likes puzzles. Here are a few possibilities: The Caves of Altamira -- Prehistoric cave paintings. If you view the 1970s as the brutal crash after the previous decade’s brief period of love and optimism — of social change and elevated consciousness — then Steely Dan is the soundtrack for how the whole thing went to hell. Rolling Stone has called them "the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies". So proceed with caution but now your self-actualization will be complete if you survive these great artists! 4) Don’t Take Me Alive (Royal Scam) When things turn weird, the weird turn pro! If you’ve never been a Danfan but have wondered what the appeal is, I recommend the following mix to get you started. Chuck said, “Man, this is really good. Got to see the Dan touring in support of “Countdown” years ago. As the hipsters discover Steely Dan, one must ask if they are ready for the intellectual debauchery that Walter and Donald explore? Walter Becker died today and I already have my tickets for an October show. Countdown to Ecstasy. Morph the Cat (Morph the Cat) Log in now to tell us what you think this song means. @jazzamezza Amazingly, the person I thought it was, Robert Evans, died a couple of days ago. Pretty much across their oeuvre, the material works - perfectly. It’s the Steely Dan album for people who don’t want a horse’s head on every page. Steely Dan’s Quiet Hero: Inside Walter Becker’s Troubled Life, Wry Genius He was a brilliant perfectionist behind one of rock’s most eccentric bands – even if he preferred life in the shadows West of Hollywood (Two Against Nature) Yeah, Steely Dan are sort of the anti-Motorhead. 13) Tomorrow’s Girls (Kamakiriad) Steely Dan (Donald Fagen & Walter Becker along with many incredibly talented contributing musicians) deserve their own playlist. Nor are the pair without their more famous and talented admirers in the black music community, including De La Soul, Ice Cube and MF Doom. This tutorial nearly made my head explode. I like a number of Steely Dan's songs and tip my hat to their musicianship as expressed on their albums. Or maybe it wasn’t. I’ve spent years perfecting my Steely Dan playlist and, amazingly enough, it shares only one cut with yours. Somebody cued up a copy of the “Royal Scam”. The guy drinking scotch whiskey all night long is not being glorified. I suppose as long as I’m advertising myself, I should point out that I recently published a longer-form article about Steely Dan at The Nervous Breakdown. Steely Dan is an American jazz rock band whose music also blends elements of crossover jazz, latin music, blue-eyed soul, R&B, boogie, and pop. Seven records with nary a bad track among them later, the pair fractured, before reforming 20 years later to record lesser material on self-aware and self-absorbed albums. The world of a Steely Dan song is one of sleeping off a Scotch bender in the trunk of a Cadillac car, still dressed in a cheap suit with one last bump of C tucked in your coat pocket to chase the hangover away come morning. He stopped using drugs, which he had used for most of his career. after a few moments, andy joined him, and the two of them just danced around the room, asses hanging out of their gowns, very happy to be alive. Steely Dan have an artistic voice that is more akin to Nabokov and Delillo than Jagger and Richards. […] I don’t relate to all the drug references—too square, I guess—in this piece from The Nervous Breakdown called It Takes a Lot of Cocaine to Be as Smooth as Steely Dan, I’ve been a Steely Dan fan […]. Steely Dan: 10 Essential Songs In honor of the late Walter Becker, we look back at some of the sly jazz-rockers’ best. Hank Shteamer Hank Shteamer Senior Music Editor Steely Dan's Walter Becker "had the gift of relative anonymity in a field where celebrity can do incalculable damage." You can’t help but respect a guy who is so musically accomplished, yet who defines the sublime perfection of “less is more” guitar playing. Blending elements of jazz, R&B, traditional pop, and sophisticated studio production with ironic and cryptic lyrics, the band enjoyed critical and commercial success starting from the early 1970s until breaking up in 1981. The band's popularity peaked in the late 1970s, and their seven albums over that period of time blended elements of jazz, rock, funk,R&B, and pop. I read this same article about a year and a half ago and within a couple months had downloaded every album of theirs on iTunes. Steely Dan Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine + Follow Artist. 9) FM (FM movie soundtrack or Citizen Steely Dan) It is a funny split, in any case, this leap between the anger in many of Steely Dan’s songs over the years and the easier-listening strains the group … But you’re all way too hard on Fagen’s solo albums and later Dan tunes. Plus, you need to be mellow and almost meditative to “get” it. (Countdown to Ecstasy) Two people owned a clinic, one was embezzling, got caught by the other, and shot him. 14) On the Dunes (Kamakiriad) Two songs recorded during the Can't Buy a Thrill sessions were left off the album and released as a single: "Dallas" b/w "Sail the Waterway". Steely Dan is an American jazz rock band whose music also blends elements of funk, R&B, and pop. Great show. While other bands have attempted to be literary, few have succeeded. A bit of trivia good for a free pint at almost any bar equipped with a jukebox. In Kid Charlemagne "the stuff" clearly refers to LSD, as the whole song is about Owsley Stanley, the famous LSD-chemist. Rob Sheffield mourns Steely Dan's elusive genius Walter Becker, who died the same day as the United States' greatest living writer, poet John Ashbery. The Dan, however, don’t waste time or insult your intelligence by name checking allegedly “obscure” works from the realm of the written word. Danland is a place where LSD manufacturers are folk heroes and old men raid college campuses with a bag of snow and a bottle of tequila looking for a mate. (2) jazzy rock band from the 70's, most of whom's subtle lyrics are about heavy heavy drug use, ludacrus sex and suicide. I do think Fagen’s voice is under-rated. I agree that the first run of albums has no bad songs. Read More » They write the family back home to tell them how well everything is going for them, describing either a phony job or a dead-end welfare job. Recorded with a revolving cast of session musicians, Steely Dan's music is characterized by complex jazz-influenced structures and harmonies. TAGS: 70s rock, Donald Fagen, hipsters, jazz, jazz rock, Nicholas Pell, Steely Dan, Walter Becker. 15) The Goodbye Look (The Nightfly), Their post-reunion stuff doesn’t do anything for me. This song can't be about both members recovering from their addiction - it would be another 5 years or so before Becker finally crashed and burned on heroin, and his girlfriend od'd. “Dr. The death of Steely Dan’s guitarist and founding member Walter Becker has classic rock fans reminiscing on the band’s legacy, and others reconsidering it. Let’s go back and explore each of those records, from the beginning. "Kid Charlemagne" is a song by the rock group Steely Dan, which was released as a single from their 1976 album The Royal Scam and reached number 82 in the Billboard charts. – Ed] Becker: Not that I know of, no. ‘peg’ was playing, and he started to dance. They also find themselves to be ill-suited for the northern climate, and too vulnerable to the attractions of drug addiction. It is a world of pure, unrelenting sleaze, worthy of the Burroughs novel from which the band takes its name. My heroes yes, but I lived, thrived and survived this unsavory world! Some may say they’re also a bit yacht rock. Just as long as they’re not warning Rikki to lose that number…. That’s definitely part of the appeal of the later stuff. It’s hard to relate this music to the current generation because the beat just has zero in common with typical hip hop or R&B. Steely Dan were, at the time, still riding the huge success of their sixth studio album Aja, released the previous September. Steely Dan is a weird band. by Timothy Willis Sanders, 'Two Prose Poems,' by Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle, 'I Have a Terrible Feeling,' by Adam Soldofsky, 'Wayne Koestenbaum: The TNB Self-Interview,' by Wayne Koestenbaum. Who is it?” We all looked at one another and said, “Dude, among others, this is you.” He laughed and allowed as how he had played on so much different stuff that it was hard to keep up. Most recently, it was one of the most famous art critics in America, Jerry Saltz, taking a dump on the group. Everything Must Go (Everything Must Go) Which is not to say that I was not rounded up at that drug bust. While it is instructve and satisfying to explore great music of years past, be careful with The Dan as you may fall into their trap! It’s the Steely Dan album for people who don’t want a horse’s head on every page. A total treat to read…, […] The Best of Steely Dan (“It Takes a Lot of Cocaine to Be as Smooth as Steely Dan“) […], Enjoyed your article, Nicholas. Not going to research 40-year-old microfiches to find out if this is a specific incident, but those of you are career Investigative Reporters should do so. The people in Zevon’s “Lawyers, Guns and Money,” for instance, feel like they’d fit right at home among the collection of screw-ups you find in Steely Dan songs. [And ‘My Old School’ is not about a drug bust at Bard? My Top 10 Steely Dan Songs Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. It may be great, but it won’t be the same. Steely Dan co-founder, guitarist and bassist Walter Becker died Sunday at the age of 67, leaving an extensive catalog of memorable hits. 5) Haitian Divorce (Royal Scam) 1) Josie (Live — from Alive in America) Your email address will not be published. When Steely Dan arrived on the scene in 1972, “progressive rock” was in vogue, with bands like Yes, ELP, and Genesis catching the fancy of many listeners. What I Do (Morph the Cat). Although Steely Dan isn't above some misdirection, Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson never played for an LA team or got into any legal trouble over dealing cocaine in Hollywood. from Katy Lied, 1975 Steely Dan’s fourth album Katy Lied marks their first with Becker and Fagen as the only official members, augmented by session musicians. Released in July 1973 on ABC (catalog no. Walter Becker died today. Has anyone heard the “Lost” track called “Wet Side Story” ? Required fields are marked *, © THE NERVOUS BREAKDOWN ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. As the clerk rings up your responsible, locally grown produce you realize the tune you’ve been enjoying is about smoking heroin. It is a fusion of a funk rhythm and jazz harmonies with rock and roll instrumentals and lyrical style. Fun Steely Dan Game: Try to see how many songs you can find that are about drugs and/or whores. Fagen isn’t much of a singer, and while the backup band smokes, the fact that 20 or so takes have been spliced together probably doesn’t hurt matters much. Numbers refer not to my personal preferences, but to track order for your entree into the world of Danfandom. The name comes from an old novel, “Naked Lunch,” by William S. Burroughs and refers to a steam-powered dildo! I’ve never really thought of this before, but it seems true. They’re worth a re-listen. one of my favorite dan stories: a friend woke up in the hospital after a massive heroin overdose. Like Billy Joel, another famously disliked famous songwriter who found fame in the 1970s, trashing Steely Dan is practically a sport. Countdown to Ecstasy, an Album by Steely Dan. I always hate Steely Dan until one of their songs comes on the radio. This is not rock and roll. Blending elements of jazz, R&B, traditional pop, and sophisticated studio production with ironic and cryptic lyrics, the band enjoyed critical and commercial success starting from the early 1970s until breaking up in 1981. I've heard Aja like this: "The hill" is a reference to San Francisco's Hippy Hill, a notorious drug sales hotspot. My parents are huge steely dan fans and I remember this line going right over my head until I was in seventh or eighth grade, at a steely dan concert, and Walter talked about "all those great nights" before diving into that part. Listen to the demos some time. You abruptly stop and load your groceries, shifting your attention to the vocals. Like Elvis Costello, it may be an acquired taste, but no voice expresses skeevy yearning better than Fagen’s. Their songs have everything — compelling protagonists, lovably repellent anti-heroes, femme fatales, vibrant settings and evocative language. Oh my God – I just Googled this and it sounds awesome! There is no guy named Dan, as some non-fans think. his roommate was a 6’7″ black man recovering from something similar. Becker and Fagen were passionate devotees of jazz, obviously, but in the mix there is also some blues and numerous songs that would fit perfectly into the Great American Songbook, plus smaller amounts of rock, bossa, reggae, etc. Steely Dan songs are always more cryptic than the surface meaning would suggest. However, Steely Dan’s huge success proved difficult to handle for Becker, who became addicted to drugs, endured a series of crises and withdrew from the band to regain his sanity. you be watchin’ you some Hollywood Steve, Simon? To record the album, the band used at least 42 different musicians, spent over a year in the studio, and far exceeded the original monetary advance … If you are unable to attend the new date, you will be able to request a refund. And, as I listen to their music over and over through the years, new songs emerge as favorites all the time. Becker and Fagen are the antithesis of everything I believe rock and roll to be about, but I’ll be damned if their stupid, power chord-free songs aren’t the perfect, catchy, gentle antidotes to Motorhead-related whiplash. Wu’ as “kind of a love-dope triangle… in ‘Dr. They wrote those strange songs about sex, drugs, death, etc., for Steely Dan and recorded with studio musicians after the original band line-up disbanded. Shane from De Moines, Ia This song is about drug addiction and recovery. Janie Runaway fits into Danland as well as anything mentioned above. Recording. A final point–one of the earliest Dan iterations had Chevy Chase as its drummer. It’s super easy, we promise! This is a solid piece of music appreciation. Rolling Stone has called them "the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies". Countdown to Ecstasy was the only album written by Steely Dan for a live band. Love may not exist in Danland, but infidelity (“Haitian Divorce”), child molestation (“Everyone’s Gone to the Movies”) and lust resulting in self-loathing (“Dirty Work”) do. I agree with you … there are very, very few artists / groups who sound anything like as cool. 3) Show Biz Kids (the funkiest SD cut ever!) Steely Dan was a band formed around a songwriting collaboration, that of Becker & Fagen – Walter Becker & Donald Fagen. There are few, if any, love songs in the Steely Dan catalog. Fortunately, I’m not in my right mind? The world of a Steely Dan song is one of sleeping off a Scotch bender in the trunk of a Cadillac car, still dressed in a cheap suit with one last bump of C tucked in your coat pocket to chase the hangover away come morning. My OpinionSo many Steely Dan songs are about specific people or incidents, this one probably is too. […] I picked this song second because I just finished reading A Walk on the Wild Side. Recorded with a revolving cast of session musicians, Steely Dan's music is characterized by complex jazz-influenced structures and harmonies. I’m a mellow old soul of decades past (although I am young enough to have been born a couple years after Gaucho). 1977 Aja Album "Peg"Audiio FormatMichael McDonald's Coolest One Word Liner In A Steely Dan Tune Was, "Peg." That bugged me because I’m so in love with rock music. Genres: Pop Rock. I grew up on Steely Dan, but I was the rare acolyte at an all-Black college. It was a collection of songs about drugs, time travel, hustlers, sex pests and jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker. ... Steely Dan: 10 Essential Songs … Um, “New Frontier” isn’t a Steely Dan song, it’s on Fagen’s solo Nightfly. Book of Liars (from Becker’s solo album, 11 Tracks of Whack) The H Gang (Morph the Cat) After two records the interlopers fired their band mates, relying exclusively on the cream of Los Angeles-based studio musicians to craft an obsessively perfect brand of rock. Don’t have an account? So you’re standing around at the supermarket, getting your organic arugula and fair trade coffee when you hear music — unbelievably smooth music. The 10 Best War On Drugs Songs . Perhaps it’s better just to enjoy the tunes—a bit rock, a bit jazz. I am 55 now and have done ok in life But as soon as I play a Dan song I drift back and back. It’s a world of washed-up jazz musicians getting by on their name and style in a world that has passed them over. It’s messier, less sure of itself, besotted neither with youthful confidence nor veteran polish. Steely Dan Karaoke Songs. Notes 327-652; Notes 653-978; Notes 979-Steely Dan (page 1) Home. Stephen Kendall Gadd (born April 9, 1945) is an American drummer, percussionist, and session musician.Gadd is one of the most well-known and highly regarded session and studio drummers in the industry, recognized by his induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1984. Eventually I started playing “Pearl of the Quarter” whenever I’d do an open mic night, and to this day, it’s my all time fave Steely Dan song. The moral point of view expressed in Steely Dan songs reinforces traditional values, that substance abuse and sexual promiscuity lead to ruin.Template:Cn. Great essay on a classic band. Rolling Stone has called them "the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies". And so when I roomed with a relentless Steely Dan head some years ago, I was more than happy to let him walk me through their catalog. well put, mr. pell. I really like Steely Dan. When you listen to a record like Aja or Gaucho it’s easy to picture the pair breaking down and rebuilding a preamp from scratch in a fit of cocaine-induced manic productivity. The notes he doesn’t play are often more powerful than the ones he does, and the way he floats around genres within their songs makes their sound so unpredictable. The band’s influences come primarily from soul and jazz, but there are also flirtations with funk, reggae and just about every style of African-American since R&B. The bass player in his band at the time was Chuck Rainey. Together with Donald Fagen, Becker founded Steely Dan out of a college meeting, and found great success. It Takes a Lot of Cocaine to Be as Smooth as Steely Dan, Thoughts on Steely Dan | James Russell Ament, Steely Dan: “Pearl of the Quarter” « The Blog, 'Memories of my friend Alex, who is dead.' 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