I remember seeing Clint Black on an episode of Austin City Limits back in maybe the early 2000’s, and randomly Clint and the band decided to launch into a straight, uninterpreted version of Steely Dan’s “Josie.” It was even one of those Steely Dan songs that veers uncomfortably close to funk or disco. And just to get this on the record, yes, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were the frontmen of Steely Dan, but the musicians they had with them came from a wide swath of the L.A. session mafia of the 1970s, including Michael McDonald (of the Doobie Brothers), drummer Rick Marotta, and keyboardist Don Grolnick (the latter two of whom worked with Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt), to name just three. You hear songs like Do it Again or Stealers Wheels’ Stuck in the Middle and wander what in sam hell their talking about?! Because Steely Dan was cool. 6:00 am. September 5, 2017 @ BrushHawg. Good speakers and a subwoofer are essential. It's the only one you own The man is a genius songwriter. I guess you kind of scared yourself, you turn and run [Intro] For me when I was in HS and for much of college (late 70’s), I wanted my rock-n-roll, straight-forward, guitar heavy and loud. All of a sudden, despite the continued coolness of bagging on Steely Dan and Supertramp as the denizens of uncool on the classic rock format, you began to understand why they were essential. Get ’em right back with H&O, but you can’t help but notice it. Maybe you knew that despite the narrow playlist on the radio, Steely Dan had even better deep cuts, or hadn’t stopped recording in the 70’s, despite the radio ignoring it. Not sure if that is normal or a sign of the quality of new music or a combination of the two. I think they’re a group that some people who know me as a rootsy/rock music enthusiast would be surprised to find how much I love them, but I think that’s because of how they’ve classified/written off as soulless jazz pop by so many. A little too slick and sterile for me. Why Don't You Tell Me So 11. It's the only one you own. When you get home You might use it if you feel better 12.1k members in the SteelyDan community. when their album two against nature came out almost 20 years ago a friend I used to carpool to work with played it every other day when he had command of the cd player. Your results may vary. Steely Dan never was my bag, but I will readily admit they were supremely talented, as were the musicians who backed them. Don’t expect any audience interaction. Trigger After completing the supporting tour for Pretzel Logic , Becker and Fagen decided to retire from live performances and make Steely Dan a studio-based band. I mean ‘clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right’ is such a classic line. Sheets”. Trying educate myself about Van Morrison (because we are going to go see him open for Willie Nelson this Sunday), I came across these guys. Your right, the sax is killer on that one! So Rikki, don't lose that number,867-5309. Send it off in a letter to yourself I appreciate their talent and artistry but have to admit after their first album and a few singles here and there, I never got Steely Dan. Gumslasher They were the smartasses in the back of class who made wisecracks, but in their case, they really were smarter than the teacher. September 5, 2017 @ "Hey Nineteen" was the first single from Steely Dan's 1980 release, Gaucho. But you didn’t like it. I could be wrong but I have seen your face before She Said She Will 14. That being said, I loathe them for their snarky, unabashed hatred of middle America, and the South specifically. September 8, 2017 @ 6:55 am. Until it wasn’t. Be Sure 12. Ok, so you managed to write a piece about one of my favorites and you even mentioned one of my other favorites (Supertramp). Perfect time. Saturate before using. Brett 5:29 pm. Jack Williams 6:09 pm. I vaguely remember their songs being played at Pirates games. 1:23 am. Les Archer Earbuds or computer speakers won’t cut it. [Guitar Solo] Concert can be good or bad depending on his mood. September 5, 2017 @ 3 . 8:55 pm. Doug anyway, intersting viewpoint of one of the great bands. Six String Richie Rikki, don't lose that number After Becker passed the other day, pulled up some SD on Spotify to give them another listen. And underneath it all? Perfect groove. At some point you started craving those guitar licks on “Reelin’ In The Years.” “Deacon Blues” seemed to encapsulate a depressed mood better than most. When you get home Welcome to r/SteelyDan, the best place on the internet to discuss Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, the … And you could have a change of heart With a gun They set benchmarks and high standards. I will never understand the backlash. September 5, 2017 @ (Rikki, don't lose that number) Robert Hill Si comme le rappelait Le Monde récemment "le lien n'est pas établi entre rap et psychopathes", les tarés sont partis en … With you 100% about loving many styles. 12:55 pm. 6:22 am. Acca Dacca Corncaster Rikki, don't lose that number. Instead of Baby Mozart, my wife and I played Van Morrison all night long for our daughter for years. (Steely Dan’s highest-charting single, 1974’s “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” peaked at #4. It was just uncool to like them. September 5, 2017 @ 1:52 pm. It was the most successful single of the group's career, peaking at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1974. For me personally I’ve found it more and more difficult to get into any new music as I’ve gotten older. It’s because of Steely Dan that two or three generations of hipsters, psychedelics etc. Sharp. Set In Stone 13. hotkeys: D = random, W = upvote, S = downvote, A = back. September 5, 2017 @ This promptly satisfies the mandatory requirement to mention Chevy Chase in any article or entry on Steely Dan. 5:05 am, Jack Williams Jim Great horns. Parker's Band. These guys could write. Extremely talented song-writers and musicians. September 6, 2017 @ 1:52 pm. 12:33 pm, ‘That’s ‘Retha Franklin she don’t remember the Queen of Soul’, Sean Murphy But you don't even know your mind Dragging pop music into its high modernist phase, Becker and Fagen took musical ideas from the entire American spectrum, especially jazz, and compressed them into immediately accessible three-minute vignettes. Ahhh….yet another cool thing that Clint did on accident that Garth could never do on purpose. [Chorus] If your life’s purpose is to throw up the devil horns every chance you get, when a song like Steely Dan’s “Peg” comes on, you don’t know what to do with yourself. Hence the (delicious) expression, pretzel logic.The term is evidenced by at least 1967 in American Opinion, a magazine of the far-right, anticommunist John Birch Society.. Pretzel logic is used to describe inconsistent, illogical thinking that, once scrutinized, doesn’t stand up. [Bridge] You tell yourself you're not my kind Steely Dan is probably right up at the top as a studio band and as someone who has never really been that into hearing live music I always gravitate to performers that take recorded music seriously and that was really true with Steely Dan. The two-disk set Philosopher’s Stone is an outstanding work that is later than what is mostly know of him. You may also dig this band too…A title dusting of Fagen & Becker. As for songs, I still love “T.B. My wife enjoys them, and I appreciate them for their talent even if I wouldn’t make any effort on my own to attend their shows. Don't try to call me when they finally run you down Just give fair warning any time you come around With a gun With a gun ... Rikki Don't Lose That Number. Thanks lentigogirl! They were like The Band. Feb 28, 2020 - TRAILER PARK BOYS. September 5, 2017 @ [Chorus] You might use it if you feel better [Verse 1] Great setlist, tight band and a soundman who knew his stuff. September 7, 2017 @ It would be an understatement to say that it had a good run. It’s so much fun to find new styles of music! Steely Dan is Jimmy buffet level elevator music at best. So there you were being force fed “Reelin’ In The Years” and “Do It Again” over and over again with no recourse, and telling your fellow classic rock buddies how much Steely Dan sucked. [Verse 2] I have a friend in town, he's heard your name. Created with the Imgflip Meme Generator. And yes, that’s probably classic rock radio’s fault. A lot of their music…. They were the Hunter S. Thompson of American pop music. A couple of Jimmy Buffet’s songs: School Boy Heart and Scarlet Begonias [Verse 2] September 5, 2017 @ Pat Padua September 28, 2010 at 10:27 am. Look, Steely Dan is not for everyone. I love Van Morrison. Scotty J As I got older and started appreciating more music including jazz, I found their music much more interesting. Caption this Meme. September 8, 2017 @ And also “The Fez” and “F.M. When you get home. Some of their songs are so overwhelmingly enticing that I get mesmerized: “Do It Again,” “Reelin' In the Years,” “Rikki Don't Lose That Number,” “FM (No Static at All),” “Hey Nineteen.” Those are probably their most played songs on the radio, and I bet most have heard of them. They were superficially goofy and very eclectic, but I quite enjoy their music myself. See our events page. They were the cynics, sure, but they also paid real tribute to the Queen of Soul. 10:27 am. I’m too young to have found them in their prime, but I picked up “The Royal Scam” used for $1.99 when I was in high school and didn’t even know anything about them beyond it was a cool cover. September 5, 2017 @ Steely Dan is part of what i like to call the “thinking mans rock.” Along with others like the Blue Oyster Cult Dire Straits (who i really dig) or Supertramp, very insightful lyrics with intricate instrumentation. Rikki Don't Lose That Number 10. They’ll never be my favorite band. Let’s face it, it’s sort of a weird band that’s too jazzy to be progressive rock, and too rock to be considered jazz, that was slotted into the slosh pit of the classic rock space by Clear Channel some 35 years ago, and asked to fend for itself among legacy AC/DC and Lynyrd Skynyrd cuts. 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