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Steely Dan

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(1972 – 1981, 1993 – present)

Steely Dan is an American band which formed in 1972. The band was formed by Donald Fagen (vocals, keyboards) and Walter Becker (guitar, bass), who met in 1967 while both attended Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, and began a songwriting partnership shortly thereafter.

Their music is characterized by dark, witty lyrical narratives, obscure lyrical allusions and complex, jazz-influenced instrumentation and chord sequences, overlying more ordinary popular song structures. Their fastidious standards in the studio and use of world-class sessions players has also been a hallmark of their work. For this, special credit should be given to their long-time producer Gary Katz and engineer Roger Nichols.

The band was originally a six-piece consisting of Fagen, Becker, David Palmer (vocals), Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (guitar), Denny Dias (guitar) and Jim Hodder (drums), but by 1975, only Fagen and Becker remained.

The band’s history can be divided into three stages. In its original conception, the group was a relatively conventional rock band that toured from 1972 to 1974, releasing the singles-chart successes, ‘Do It Again’, ‘Reelin’ In The Years’, ‘My Old School’ and ‘Rikki Don’t Lose That Number’. The group’s name was derived from a series of dildos in the 1959 novel, ‘Naked Lunch’ by the avant-garde writer, William S. Burroughs; the phrase first used in the lyrics of an early, pre-Steely Dan Fagen/Becker song, Soul Ram.

In its second stage (1975 - 1980) the group, now consisting solely of Fagen and Becker, became a purely studio-based act, their album releases showing a growing obsession with polished production values

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  • mands_chaplin

    Fagen's voice will always bring me this thrilling sensation

    4 Sep 4:37pm Reply
  • cjfreckles

    great concert in Cincinnati

    13 Aug 9:11pm Reply
  • Nakkinak

    There is a depiction of pegging in the William S. Burroughs 1959 novel Naked Lunch. The dildo used in the scene is called a Steely Dan III, and is the source from which the musical group Steely Dan takes its name.[6][7]

    2 Aug 6:06pm Reply
  • Sculpy

    mrmocha, there's no such thing as 'deathmetal facepaint'.

    19 Jul 5:44pm Reply
  • agacinco

    What are those sun mountain vol. 1 & 2? Can't find info anywhere :P

    19 Jul 3:04am Reply
  • bobo9390

    I know I'm 40 years late to the party, but this band is awesome.

    18 Jul 9:26pm Reply
  • Hallshaster

    I use to put on Aja for my dogs and they absolutely hated it. One is a doberman and the other is a mutt with hints of german shepherd and a trace of border collie. As for the rest, I honestly can't determine.

    1 May 2:42am Reply
  • reagan0

    Looking at my charts, I guess my favorite SD songs are Your Gold Teeth, and Your Gold Teeth II. But, if someone were to ask, I probably would have said Dr. Wu, or Charlie Freak.

    1 Apr 11:15pm Reply
  • mrmocha

    The thumbnail of the default makes them look like they have deathmetal facepaint on... lerls

    1 Apr 7:04pm Reply
  • SrdjanLGuitar

    Aja has probably the best musician line up on any album,impressive how many greats contributed on this one

    31 Mar 9:46pm Reply
  • Marpul23

    Elliott Randall, member of original Steely Dan line-up played at the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival (7-9 March 2014). Review and photos! http://www.laboratoriummuzycznychfuzji.com/2014/03/spr-koncertownia-bristol-international.html http://www.laboratoriummuzycznychfuzji.com/p/galeria_2.html

    28 Mar 7:46pm Reply
  • agacinco

    If your dad listens to steely dan you should be proud of your dad's taste in music

    21 Feb 11:27pm Reply
  • Rissacakes

    It's always a good time for Steely Dan.

    21 Feb 8:47pm Reply
  • GuilhermeBilau

    American Hustle!

    16 Feb 8:18pm Reply
  • CBNetRadio

    Their music is unique & timeless. I bought every one of their LP's in the day!

    10 Feb 4:41pm Reply
  • llamagesicht

    so very good

    2 Feb 6:14am Reply
  • traficsound

    lo mejor de la musica

    26 Jan 5:20pm Reply
  • Sekhem

    i'm a dad band

    15 Jan 12:40pm Reply
  • RodneyPWelch

    If Steely Dan is a "dad band," I guess that means "enduring classic that still gets played 40 years later." How many bands around today will be remembered in 2054? About a fraction of a half-percent, maybe?

    13 Jan 4:43am Reply
  • viklahiri

    Jeff Baxter surely did an amazing job through My Old School's bridges. I just keep listening to it over and over...

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
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