Skip to comments.Whatever happened to Steely Dan?
Posted on 05/23/2014 6:12:07 PM PDT by SamAdams76
They were good. Was there ever a Steely Dan song that was bad?
Just heard "Deacon Blues" on the radio. Timeless.
Back in the day, they were derided as a "Fern bar" band. I have no idea what that even means. But back in 1977, upscale men apparently went to these "fern bars" in their leisure suits and picked up women with the dulcet tones of Steely Dan in the background. Maybe a bit of Spyra Gyra and Chuck Mangione as well. But let's not talk about them, shall we. This thread is about Steely Dan.
“here comes those Santa Ana winds again.”
Are we allowed to discuss those on FR (snickering with a British accent)?
William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch:
Mary is strapping on a rubber penis. "Steely Dan III from Yokohama," she says, caressing the shaft.
"What happen to Steely Dan I?"
"He was torn in two by a bull dyke. She could cave in a lead pipe."
"And Steely Dan II?"
"Chewed to bits by a famished candiru in the Upper Baboonsa**hole. And don't say 'wheeeeeeee!' this time."
Mystery of the thread ruined by a cleaver Google search.
My husband told me that they were a studio band. I’ve always liked their music.
Donald Fagen is still working...
Great Performances Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs: The Dukes of September
Icon: Donald Fagen
“Deacon Blues” is one of those songs that plays in your head over and over. And you don’t mind it.
I'm dropping "Pretzel Logic" on the turntable and mixing up some martinis.
They’ll be at Winstar Casino just inside Oklahoma about an hour from us but too expensive at $60 a ticket.
They were very polished and played as a tight band. Unlike Chicago, which often became known as the band for the lead singer. Steely was able to fuse light jazz with alternative rock, not at all easy to mix in a good way. These days, less people listen to jazz. One reason is the songs or pieces are usually rather long by today’s standards. Anything longer than a ringtone without being followed by a chorus might lose the average listener. There are exceptions, of course. The right movie or the right performer may begin a new wave of appreciation. The production quality of Steely Dan was always excellent. I think most the members were already experienced recording artists and mixing engineers. I enjoyed Chick Corea too, who was similar to Santana.
Always wondered if “Deacon Blues” had anything to do with Wake Forest.
Wake had a pretty lousy football team in those days, but Steely Dan never struck me as the “college football fan” type.
I own a grand total of 8 CDs.
“Best of Steely Dan” is one of them
I can’t help but to see a resemblance between Donald Fagen and Freddie Mercury.
“I’mma fool ta do youw doity woik, oh yeaah.”
I saw them a few years ago at the Beacon Theater in NYC. They sang “The Royal Scam” album in its entirety.
One of the best concerts I’ve ever attended.
Looks like there on tour this year!
I never can get enough of S.D.
Their summer tours are in medium-sized venues with good acoustics and great audiences.
Last summer in Charlottesville, NC, politics was discussed among quite a few [eople around us waiting for the show to start. No libs seemed to be in attendance