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TGIF Rock-n-Roll Oldies: STEELY DAN
Reaganite Republican ^ | May 27, 2011 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 05/27/2011 11:40:04 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican

"Sue me if I play too long..."

Steely Dan


Steely Dan is an American pop band who developed refined and highly-original compositions blending elements of rock, funk, blues, jazz, and R-n-B, among other influences. Executed to perfection by founders Donald Fagen and Walter Becker -along with the finest studio musicians on the planet- there simply never was a band like Steely Dan before, and it's unlikely there ever will be, not like this...

The music that they brought was complex and well orchestrated, with most songs displaying a significant jazz influence. Fagan's unique voice backed by sweet harmonies and irresistible musical hooks made the sound beautiful and timeless, and the cerebral and ironic lyrics were hip, sarcastic, and witty- touching on topics such as international crime, affairs, personal demons, regrets, society, and lost love.

Initially -pre Steely Dan- the two played in a handful of bands together, including Bad Rock Group, featuring comedic actor Chevy Chase on drums (!). They also performed under pseudonyms in Jay and the Americans' backing band, but a real break came when Babara Streisand chose to record the Fagan/Becker-penned "I Mean to Shine" in 1971.  

Interestingly, Donald Fagan initially lacked confidence in his voice and suffered from substantial stage-fright... it took some effort to convince him that he could -and should- sing lead later in the newly-formed band.



Steely Dan also strove to go against the prevailing late 60s/early 70s hippy culture, seeming to think they were above the earthy San Francisco scene- in fact, they despised it. The two had become fast friends at college in upstate NY after Fagan heard Becker playing guitar at a coffee shop he was strolling by, and after some collaboration had a whole other take on what was cool, musically: they then proceeded to go out and create it.

In contrast to hippy icon Janis Joplin falling-down drunk at Woodstock, Fagan and Becker are known for near-obsessive perfectionism in the recording studio, very difficult to work with... they really took their business and art seriously.

The Dan toured for a couple years in the early 1970s, but by 1975 had gone studio-only. After seven albums the pair disbanded in 1981, leaving the music world for a decade. But in the early 90s, the group (surprisingly) resumed playing live concerts: since, they've released two albums of new material, the first of which earned a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. As it stands, Steely Dan has now sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. 

And in my humble opinion, the songs below are nothing short of musical masterpieces- but not unusual for Steely Dan, pretty much the only kind of stuff they ever did, including Fagan's solo album The Nightfly.

Yeah, in case you can't tell: 
I absolutely adore this band, always have: can't imagine ever getting sick of listening to such towering greatness... what a class act.


Steely Dan: Deacon Blues [video]

Steely Dan: Black Cow [video]

Video/more at Reaganite Republican
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Previous Rock n Roll Oldies features -here-

Steely Dan.com   Allmusic  Wikipedia



TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: music; oldies; seventies; steelydan; video
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1 posted on 05/27/2011 11:40:08 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Jeff “Skunk” Baxter - my favorite rock trivia answer!


2 posted on 05/27/2011 11:44:55 AM PDT by PhilosopherStone1000
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To: Reaganite Republican
Ricky Don't Lose That Number
3 posted on 05/27/2011 11:44:55 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I own exactly one Steely Dan album - Aja.


4 posted on 05/27/2011 11:45:32 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: PhilosopherStone1000

Yep!


5 posted on 05/27/2011 11:45:53 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Great band - Fagen’s solo album The Nightfly is one my all time favorites.

Looking forward to seeing them in August when they play in Indy!


6 posted on 05/27/2011 11:46:43 AM PDT by bagadonutz
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To: Disambiguator

You should at least add Can’t But a Thrill.


7 posted on 05/27/2011 11:47:24 AM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: Reaganite Republican

Bodhisattva live at the Santa Monica Civic = their finest moment.


8 posted on 05/27/2011 11:49:17 AM PDT by moehoward
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To: Reaganite Republican

Fagen: Florida Room...masterful!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-JDwLJhQf4


9 posted on 05/27/2011 11:53:46 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: moehoward

I’m jealous, Moe!

Why you, I oughta... lol


10 posted on 05/27/2011 11:56:01 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Best band ever. One of my favorites that is obscure is “Daddy Don’t Live In That NYC No More”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmOMcUm2JK8

I have seen them more times in concert than even the Dead. They are awesome. Coming the Bethlehem PA this summer live. Can’t wait. Good thread here Reaganite.


11 posted on 05/27/2011 12:00:04 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Thanks Lazlo, tho I’ve only seen ‘em once... agreed on ALL points


12 posted on 05/27/2011 12:06:08 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

I saw Steely Dan live in 1974 in Long Beach Calif on their Pretzel Logic tour. Never have I heard a band that could play their music so closely to the original studio versions. They were amazing!


13 posted on 05/27/2011 12:06:58 PM PDT by Bullish (the golfer gets all the credit while the jet fighter pilot gets all the blame.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

hey nineteen, my old school, reeling in the years, black friday, Peg, midnight cruiser.

There are no bad Steely Dan songs. Takes me back to my college years.


14 posted on 05/27/2011 12:09:13 PM PDT by wordsofearnest (Evan Bayh gave Indiana a twofer.)
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To: bagadonutz
Great band - Fagen’s solo album The Nightfly is one my all time favorites.

One of the best solo albums ever. A favorite of mine as well.

15 posted on 05/27/2011 12:09:26 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("It's hard to take the president seriously." - Jim DeMint)
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To: Bullish

Never have I heard a band that could play their music so closely to the original studio versions


I was JUST thinking that exact same thing watching these clips I posted, REAL bands can play live- an almost non existent skill from the mediocre rubbish out there today


16 posted on 05/27/2011 12:19:16 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: moehoward

The live version of Bodhisattva I heard was, IMHO, the most impressive single display of complex precision I have ever witnessed. It simply blew me away.


17 posted on 05/27/2011 12:24:54 PM PDT by jjsheridan5
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To: Reaganite Republican

You don’t happen to know of a good live version of Kid Charlemagne (for sale, or for free, doesn’t matter). I am not a fan of the one from their live album (it didn’t have the hard kick of the studio version). I have heard a much better version in person, but obviously have no recording of it.


18 posted on 05/27/2011 12:29:23 PM PDT by jjsheridan5
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To: Reaganite Republican

“The things that pass for knowledge
I just can’t understand.”


19 posted on 05/27/2011 12:31:15 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Reaganite Republican

Josie
Show Biz Kids

great stuff!


20 posted on 05/27/2011 12:32:13 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: Disambiguator
"I own exactly one Steely Dan album - Aja."

I own two, if you count the complilation A Decade of Steely Dan, but if not I only own one. In my case, it's The Royal Scam.

21 posted on 05/27/2011 12:32:15 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (PAVE THE PLANET!!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Love them! I can listen to any of their stuff and it never gets old. Saw them several years ago in Dallas.


22 posted on 05/27/2011 12:33:55 PM PDT by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Seems that every Steely Dan LP sounds like the next...


23 posted on 05/27/2011 12:34:35 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: Reaganite Republican

SD—Mix compilation, just click and chill, very nice.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsrI_mIT6PQ


24 posted on 05/27/2011 12:35:38 PM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: Bullish
Never have I heard a band that could play their music so closely to the original studio versions. They were amazing!

I had a similar experience back in early 1980. The band, interestingly enough, was Styx. They were actually unbelievable in concert, and I don't even like them that much (which begs the question, why did I go to the concert in the first place? To be honest, I don't really remember.).

25 posted on 05/27/2011 12:36:22 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Lazlo in PA

Barrytown is my favorite...especially now with the current WH occupant... “Barrytown people got to be from another world....”


26 posted on 05/27/2011 12:37:10 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Reaganite Republican
I posted this not more than a week ago on another Steely Dan thread:

Taipei, Taiwan June 1977:

Walked with my Chinese doll into a record store. No copywrite, so all new albums were 50 cents US. Didn't know Steely Dan other than the top 40 stuff - reeling up the rears - bought Aja.

Returned to her family's noodle shop and had a listen. 45 minutes later, in shock, speechless, I told Ling I was gonna take a walk.

That was some kind of rock album. Few had the immediate, and long-lasting, impact of that one.
27 posted on 05/27/2011 12:37:27 PM PDT by jobim
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To: PhilosopherStone1000
Probably the closest thing they ever did to a love song

Pearl of the Quarter

Some great Skunkster pedal steel on this one.

28 posted on 05/27/2011 12:40:03 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Bullish

“I saw Steely Dan live in 1974 in Long Beach Calif on their Pretzel Logic tour. Never have I heard a band that could play their music so closely to the original studio versions. They were amazing!”

I’ve seen Rush twice. They are also quite good at reproducing the studio versions of their songs in concert, although they do have to tune the guitars down a step so Geddy can sing some of the older ones. :)


29 posted on 05/27/2011 12:41:36 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (PAVE THE PLANET!!)
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To: jjsheridan5

I haven’t seen one, just went through dozens on YouTube in the compilation of this piece, fwiw

Got to be one out there, or so you’d think


30 posted on 05/27/2011 12:53:14 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

“They got a name for the winners in the world,
I want a name when I lose.
They call Alabama the Crimson Tide,
Call me ‘Deacon Blues.’”


31 posted on 05/27/2011 12:56:38 PM PDT by CholeraJoe (13% better than placebo? Really? You call that an effective treatment?)
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To: Reaganite Republican
Amen.

Like a castle in his corner
in a medieval game
I foresee terrible trouble
And I stay here just the same....

Dirty Work

Any Major Dude Will Tell You

The Royal Scam

Kid Charlemagne

32 posted on 05/27/2011 1:06:54 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: jobim

Not many bands that put out albums with so little filler as Steely Dan... like none, not a second


33 posted on 05/27/2011 1:11:48 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: bagadonutz

“New Frontier” from that album... who doesn’t have a crush on Tuesday Weld or Ruby?


34 posted on 05/27/2011 1:12:07 PM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: Trajan88
My favorite from "The Nightfly"

Walk Between the Raindrops

35 posted on 05/27/2011 1:18:29 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: bagadonutz
Great band - Fagen’s solo album The Nightfly is one my all time favorites.

(Jingle:)
"
An independent station
W-J-A-Z
With news and information
From the foot of Mt. Belzoni
"

Pretty much everything on that album's a sardonic gem, including the above-quoted title song, and the album cover (depicting a time and place where I misspent part of my youth).

36 posted on 05/27/2011 1:26:33 PM PDT by Erasmus (I love "The Raven," but then what do I know? I'm just a poetaster.)
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To: Trajan88


I hear you’re mad about Brubeck
I love your hair I like him too
He’s an artist, a pioneer
We’ve got to have some music on the new frontier


37 posted on 05/27/2011 1:31:40 PM PDT by Erasmus (I love "The Raven," but then what do I know? I'm just a poetaster.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

The Cuervo Gold
The fine Colombian
Make tonight a wonderful thing.


38 posted on 05/27/2011 2:02:10 PM PDT by rhoda_penmark
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To: jjsheridan5

It was shows like the 73/74 Santa Monica Civic that was largely credited with them stopping to tour. IIRC their first number immediately following a severely inebriated announcer, who kept referring to “Mr Steeley Dan, whatever” was Bodhisattva.


39 posted on 05/27/2011 2:11:32 PM PDT by moehoward
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To: rhoda_penmark

Uh... that was in my PRE Republican days lol


40 posted on 05/27/2011 3:06:13 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: moehoward

If I was Becker and Fagan in 1974... I wouldn’t be taking any disrespect from a drunken goofball, didn’t need to


41 posted on 05/27/2011 3:15:00 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: bagadonutz

I love “Nightfly” too. We saw them at Great Woods about 5 or 6 years ago. They were amazing!


42 posted on 05/27/2011 3:19:25 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Reaganite Republican
I was a pretty big Steely Dan fan back in high school in the 70s. I had all of their releases up to Aja.

I recently purchased Pretzel Logic again, but it sounded a little dated to me. Can't Buy A Thrill still sounds good to my ears tho, David Palmer notwithstanding.

43 posted on 05/27/2011 3:31:04 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Reaganite Republican

Move along, move along, Kid Charlemagne, move along, Kid Charlemagne!!

And I did not think the girl could be so cruel,
and I’m never going back to my old school!!

They got a namer the winners in the world, I want a name when lose.


44 posted on 05/27/2011 3:56:59 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: jjsheridan5; Reaganite Republican

Enjoy....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKp91yyKBSw


45 posted on 05/27/2011 5:26:50 PM PDT by moehoward
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To: moehoward

Thanks, but “not available in my country” (US).


46 posted on 05/27/2011 5:30:45 PM PDT by jjsheridan5
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To: Reaganite Republican
I haven’t seen one, just went through dozens on YouTube in the compilation of this piece, fwiw Got to be one out there, or so you’d think

Most just don't seem to have that driving bass, and the drums seem more subdued. It just loses that heavy feel that defines the song.

Kind of a rarity for Steely Dan, in that most of their songs lose nothing at all when performed live. Unfortunately, KC seems to be the exception, at least for me.
47 posted on 05/27/2011 5:40:47 PM PDT by jjsheridan5
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To: dfwgator
Probably the closest thing they ever did to a love song

Pearl of the Quarter


Wouldn't that be "I got the news"?
48 posted on 05/27/2011 5:49:03 PM PDT by jjsheridan5
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To: jjsheridan5; Reaganite Republican
More than one way to skin a cat I suppose... Here's the live recording.
49 posted on 05/27/2011 6:00:10 PM PDT by moehoward
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To: moehoward
Thanks. I haven't heard that version in a long time. I think I just lost an eardrum. Oh well, that's why we have two of them.
50 posted on 05/27/2011 6:09:00 PM PDT by jjsheridan5
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