Social Experiment:Steely Dan

May 2013
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Huh. I like their earlier albums better than Aja and Gaucho. Different strokes for different folks, I guess. I suppose my personal favorite is Katy Lied, although I am also very fond of both Pretzel Logic and Countdown to Ecstasy.
Katy lied is my favorite album - Here's a cool cover of Rose Darling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPcLXqxGFMk

[video=youtube;CPcLXqxGFMk]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPcLXqxGFMk[/video]
 
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Um. social commentary... What Do You Have To Say?

Simple, but so complicated a question...

Thx :) Your social commentary combined with awesome music thread setter. :)

Bonus> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzrDs_Vaho4
Becker & Fagen lived in LA during this period -

For me (GREAT song btw) it's just about knocking around town in a pair of worn out sneakers sipping on a pina colada in the mid-70s checking out all the characters.

My favorite lyric:

You fellah, you tearin' up the street
You wear that white tuxedo
How you gonna beat the heat
Do you take me for a fool
Do you think that I don't see
That ditch out in the valley
That they're digging just for me

What it means exactly is somewhat of a mystery - but like so many of their tunes .. the lyrics (and music) paint a picture

RIP Walter Becker
 
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Becker & Fagen lived in LA during this period -

For me (GREAT song btw) it's just about knocking around town in a pair of worn out sneakers sipping on a pina colada in the mid-70s checking out all the characters.

My favorite lyric:

You fellah, you tearin' up the street
You wear that white tuxedo
How you gonna beat the heat
Do you take me for a fool
Do you think that I don't see
That ditch out in the valley
That they're digging just for me

What it means exactly is somewhat of a mystery - but like so many of their tunes .. the lyrics (and music) paint a picture

RIP Walter Becker
Used to drive cross country occasionally, about 2000 miles each way.

SD on tape was the plan, others, too, but as much SD as any group.

In the days before satellite radio that was as good as it got...
 
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I've probably listened to em all, and every one has some good tracks.

Some more than others, of course.

As with all bands.

Even the Beatles turned out some stuff I didn't care for.
I can only think of 4 or 5 songs by the Beatles that I didn't care for. Revolution #9 from the White Album is unlistenable. Not even 'music'.
 
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Used to drive cross country occasionally, about 2000 miles each way.

SD on tape was the plan, others, too, but as much SD as any group.

In the days before satellite radio that was as good as it got...
Well, SD was plenty good right?

Funny, their first - Can't Buy a Thrill dropped in '72. Heard a couple of the songs (Reelin' in the Years, etc) on the radio ...
But I honestly didn't fully discover The Dan until around 3 years later when I saw them in concert at the Whiskey a Go Go in HollyNormalwood.
By then I think they had two more out and I went and bought 'em all.

Hell, I even bought all of Fagen's solo stuff - An entire drawer in my CD storage cabinet is filled to overflowing by SD and Fagen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBruAooXPNU

[video=youtube;qBruAooXPNU]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBruAooXPNU[/video]
 
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I can only think of 4 or 5 songs by the Beatles that I didn't care for. Revolution #9 from the White Album is unlistenable. Not even 'music'.
Oh - is that the one that played backwards said "Paul is dead" and other crazy shit?

LoL - I'd have to say that the only Beatles songs I didn't care for much were Ringo's - Yellow Submarine is goofy IMHO :cool:

I'm the only guy I know my age who saw the Beatles Live - Dodger Stadium in 1964 first North American tour.

Dad took my sister and I because she was insane over 'em .. Think I would have been 7 years old.

It was very exciting - a helicopter landed out in right field and the boys ran with their guitars from there to the stage around second base, took the stage, plugged in and launched into Twist & Shout.

One of those things ya never forget even though the screams from teenage girls kinda drowned out the music.
 
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Well, SD was plenty good right?

Funny, their first - Can't Buy a Thrill dropped in '72. Heard a couple of the songs (Reelin' in the Years, etc) on the radio ...
But I honestly didn't fully discover The Dan until around 3 years later when I saw them in concert at the Whiskey a Go Go in HollyNormalwood.
By then I think they had two more out and I went and bought 'em all.

Hell, I even bought all of Fagen's solo stuff - An entire drawer in my CD storage cabinet is filled to overflowing by SD and Fagen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBruAooXPNU

[video=youtube;qBruAooXPNU]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBruAooXPNU[/video]
I don't think there was any other music as good to drive with.

I musta had nearly all their albums on tape.

When I was driving, I'd go about 18 hours at a time so great music was a must.

SD was Rock, but also Jazz, some funk, great instrumentals...everything I like, a great fusion.

I even bought one of Fagans albums, too.

It don't remember it being great, you could hear some SD in it but I never bought another one, don't even know how many solo albums he did.

RIP Steely Dan...
 
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[video=youtube;eDcFIdJRvA8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDcFIdJRvA8https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDcFIdJRvA8[/video] Best song of all time with Elliot Randall on Guitar playing best solo of all time
 
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Oh - is that the one that played backwards said "Paul is dead" and other crazy shit?

LoL - I'd have to say that the only Beatles songs I didn't care for much were Ringo's - Yellow Submarine is goofy IMHO :cool:

I'm the only guy I know my age who saw the Beatles Live - Dodger Stadium in 1964 first North American tour.

Dad took my sister and I because she was insane over 'em .. Think I would have been 7 years old.

It was very exciting - a helicopter landed out in right field and the boys ran with their guitars from there to the stage around second base, took the stage, plugged in and launched into Twist & Shout.

One of those things ya never forget even though the screams from teenage girls kinda drowned out the music.
Wow, I LOVE the song 'Yellow Submarine'!! There is SOOO much going on in that song, in terms of background noises and weird sound effects, and it ALL WORKS! It is nothing less than BRILLIANT! And it's a great SING-ALONG song! When that song first came out, it seemed like EVERYONE was singing along to it for like three months! "We all live in a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine...." Ha!

I don't care for some of their REALLY early stuff. It's blasphemy to some Beatles fans, but I think the song "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" is, well, just juvenile. Come on, girl, you think ALL he wants to do is to hold your hand?!?? HA! I scoff in your general direction!!
 

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