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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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  • Alin_

    if only more people my age would appreciate the greatness of this band, i'm happy that i get to live in the same period as these two legends. i bet seeing them live is bliss, "Plush TV Jazz-Rock Party" is awesome.

    21 Mar 6:51pm Reply
  • zoraxx

    overflowing with the kind of cynicism and story telling that many felt but few could articulate anywhere near as well as Fagen/Becker in the mid- to late-70s. except RAY DAVIS.... your Library isn't complete. story telling at its best..

    26 Feb 12:30am Reply
  • StratkatBlue

    Love reading that people are recently discovering and enjoying this band I've listened to for decades. Great music is truly timeless :)

    14 Feb 9:57pm Reply
  • Alin_

    the more i hear from them, the more i love this band.

    13 Feb 7:32pm Reply
  • Niuu33

    Dorgas ? larguei agora estou ouvindo Steely Dan !

    2 Feb 12:42am Reply
  • PowersauceBar

    If you want a good rock band to chillax to, you can't beat Steely Dan.

    1 Jan 5:26am Reply
  • panterdeet

    v Better late than never!

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • mauesndkj

    I know I'm 40 years late to the party, but this band is awesome. [2]

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Irokyo

    in some ways steely dan albums are like kubrick's films, the more you listen you realize theres always something going on in the story being told thats much darker then it appears on the surface

    30 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Kawww

    How had I not listened to them before now

    14 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Scarabeus56

    ..Steely Dan 2 off the Greatest Musicians I've ever had the pleasure of seeing Live and their band is as much responsible for their Success and may Donald &7 Walter keep their amazing musk alive for this new generation for many years to come, Blessings of Peace always guys. P.S. I hope to see you all in Tulsa-Town again real soon, thanks again..:)

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Lone__Wolf

    such a cool band

    5 Oct 2014 Reply
  • mands_chaplin

    Fagen's voice will always bring me this thrilling sensation

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • cjfreckles

    great concert in Cincinnati

    13 Aug 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • Sculpy

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

    19 Jul 2014 Reply
  • agacinco

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

    19 Jul 2014 Reply
  • bobo9390

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

    18 Jul 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
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