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matthew25
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Also have to add Hey Nineteen.


Spock's Eyebrow
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This thread got me thinking... It should be noted that Oct 29 is the 30 year anniversary of "The Nightfly", Fagen's superb first solo album.


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Cdawg
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Am I the only one who prefers to listen to Steely Dan off an actual album?


My wife treated (physical therapy) Walter Becker. He shared a lot of cool stories with her. She said he would just ramble on about a lot of different stuff mainly about family. I know it sounds like a CSB, but they were some cool stories.


Jester
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I liken sie Dan


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AlxTgr
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I did not discover that I loved this band until WAY after they were current. For that reason, I never bothered to get albums. I probably have them on my hard drive(Pretty sure I have Aja and Katy Lied), but I tend to just hit play all on my mp3 player which just has their better known songs.


Cdawg
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It just reminds me of being younger and dad playing them on the record player. the cracks, hiss, bumps, etc. So when I hear their songs now or on the radio, I think of the missing scratches.

I'm that way with the Doobie Brothers too.


TFTC
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Member since May 2010
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yeah, I remember my cousin playing this on his turntable... I wasn't a huge fan, although some songs were irresistible then (Dirty Work)...

ELO is another band I'd put in this category...


oompaw
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Member since Dec 2007
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Skunk Baxter...the guitar man with both Steely Dan & Doobie Brothers. Great guitarist
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AlxTgr
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(Dirty Work)...
Does not get the love it deserves.


I did not know until recently, but for a while, Michael McDonald was basically a member of the band. Can't miss his background work on a few songs.


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Tigris
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Steely Dan off an actual album?


My college roommates and I wore out Can't Buy a Thrill, Kay Lied, Pretzel Logic, and the Royal Scam. If that vinyl is still in use it must sound like Jiffy Pop.


parrotdr
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Member since Oct 2003
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I hear a lot of they "were" a great band, and "had" a lot of good stuff.

They are still around, recording and touring. The most recent album is a solo by Fagen, "Sunken Condos". Sounds good and classic.

Great Interview with Donald Fagen here,, and link to streaming the new album here. To be released on October 16th.

New Single: I'm Not the Same Without You
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dukke v
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quote:

Steely Dan Aja is one of my all time favorite songs of any kind.


The whole album is incredible. When I need some relaxation, Just pop it in and wow. Do It Again is just a premo ROCK SONG!!!!!!!!!!


parrotdr
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The whole album is incredible. When I need some relaxation, Just pop it in and wow.


Exactly...Black Cow/Deacon Blues/Aja--side 1 on vinyl--is one of my top 5 album sides of all-time (side 2 of Beatles--Abbey Road is #1).

Relaxing is the perfect description...i usually listen to it on the way home from work--it's the perfect length for my commute.


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Boondock Saint
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Deacon Blues is a favorite (the Aja album is a masterpiece).

Does anyone know the meaning behind the lyrics for the chorus, especially pertaining to the lyrics in bold:

I'll learn to work the saxophone
I'll play just what I feel
Drink Scotch whisky all night long
And die behind the wheel
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

What's with the Bama reference? I've been singing along to that song most of my life and have no idea.....(I suck at interpreting lyrics).
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oompaw
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In piney hill country...
Member since Dec 2007
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The song, while contrasting winning and losing in life, does so by taking as an image the contrast between the perennial powerhouse, Crimson Tide football team, and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. In the five years before the song was written, the Crimson Tide had lost only 8 games total, while Wake Forest had a losing record every season. Group member Donald Fagen said, "Walter (Becker) and I had been working on that song at a house in Malibu. I played him that line, and he said, 'You mean it's like, they call these cracker a-holes this grandiose name like the Crimson Tide, and I'm this loser, so they call me this other grandiose name, Deacon Blues?' And I said, 'Yeah!' He said, 'Cool! Let's finish it!'"


Deacon Blues


Boondock Saint
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Thanks for the answer! Good old Wikipedia, I should have known......

ETA: I love that they called Bama "a-holes".....
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ReauxlTide222
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Dad lives em and played their music while I was growing up. I HATED them. I'm 22 now and absolutely love their music now.


S
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musical geniuses IMHO


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H-Town Tiger
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Member since Nov 2003
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Steely Dan is easily one of my favorite bands of all time. I really got into them in college its great to hear that college guys are still listening to them.

Katy Lied, The Royal Scam and Aja are my favorite albums but all are good.

So many great songs some that don't get talked about as much: Kings, Dr Wu, Haitian Divorce, Babylon Sisters.

And Fagen's first Solo album The nightfly is also awesome.

LINK


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Bunk Moreland
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The video about the making of Peg always cracks me up.
LINK


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