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Steely Dan

Most rock & roll bands are a tightly wound unit that developed their music through years of playing in garages and clubs around their hometown. Steely Dan never subscribed to that aesthetic. As the vehicle for the songwriting of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan defied all rock & roll conventions. Becker and Fagen never truly enjoyed rock -- with their ironic humor and cryptic lyrics, their eclectic body of work shows some debt to Bob Dylan -- preferring jazz, traditional pop, blues, and R&B. Steely Dan created a sophisticated, distinctive sound with accessible melodic hooks, complex harmonies and time signatures, and a devotion to the recording studio. With producer Gary Katz, Becker and Fagen gradually changed Steely Dan from a performing band to a studio project, hiring professional musicians to record their compositions. Though the band didn't perform live after 1974, Steely Dan's popularity continued to grow throughout the decade, as their albums became critical favorites and their singles became staples of AOR and pop radio stations. Even after the group disbanded in the early '80s, their records retained a cult following, as proven by the massive success of their unlikely return to the stage in the early '90s.

Walter Becker (bass) and Donald Fagen (vocals, keyboards) were the core members of Steely Dan throughout its variety of incarnations. The two met at Bard College in New York in 1967 and began playing in bands together shortly afterward. The duo played in a number of groups -- including the Bad Rock Group, which featured future comedic actor Chevy Chase on drums -- which ranged from jazz to progressive rock. Eventually, Becker and Fagen began composing songs together, hoping to become professional songwriters in the tradition of the Brill Building. In 1970, the pair joined Jay & the Americans' backing band, performing under pseudonyms; Becker chose Gustav Mahler, while Fagen used Tristan Fabriani. They stayed with Jay & the Americans until halfway through 1971, when they recorded the soundtrack for the low-budget film You Gotta Walk It Like You Talk It, which was produced by the Americans' Kenny Vance. Following the recording of the soundtrack, Becker and Fagen attempted to start a band with Denny Dias, but the venture was unsuccessful. Barbra Streisand recorded the Fagen/Becker composition ‘I Mean to Shine’ on her album Barbra Joan Streisand, released in August 1971, and the duo met producer Gary Katz, who hired them as staff songwriters for ABC/Dunhill in Los Angeles, where he had just become a staff producer. Katz suggested that Becker and Fagen form a band as a way to record their songs, and Steely Dan -- who took their name from a dildo in William Burroughs' Naked Lunch -- was formed shortly afterward.

Recruiting guitarists Denny Dias and Skunk Baxter, drummer Jim Hodder, and keyboardist/vocalist David Palmer, Becker and Fagen officially formed Steely Dan in 1972, releasing their debut, Can't Buy a Thrill, shortly afterward. Palmer and Fagen shared lead vocals on the album, but the record's two hit singles -- the Top Ten "Do It Again" and "Reeling in the Years" -- were sung by Fagen. Can't Buy a Thrill was a critical and commercial success, but its supporting tour was a disaster, hampered by an under-rehearsed band and unappreciative audiences. Palmer left the band following the tour. Countdown to Ecstasy, released in 1973, was a critical hit, but it failed to generate a hit single, even though the band supported it with a tour.

Steely Dan replaced Hodder with Jeff Porcaro and added keyboardist/backup vocalist Michael McDonald prior to recording their third album, Pretzel Logic. Released in the spring of 1974, Pretzel Logic returned Steely Dan to the Top Ten on the strength of the single "Rikki Don't Lose That Number." 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. For their next album, 1975's Katy Lied, the duo hired a variety of studio musicians -- including Dias, Porcaro, guitarist Elliot Randall, saxophonists Phil Woods, bassist Wilton Felder, percussionist Victor Feldman, keyboardist Michael Omartian, and guitarist Larry Carlton -- as supporting musicians. Katy Lied was another hit, as was 1976's The Royal Scam, which continued in the vein of its predecessor. On 1977's Aja, Steely Dan's sound became more polished and jazzy, as they hired jazz fusion artists like Wayne Shorter, Lee Ritenour, and the Crusaders as support. Aja became their biggest hit, reaching the Top Five within three weeks of release and becoming one of the first albums to be certified platinum. Aja also gained the respect of many jazz musicians, as evidenced by Woody Herman recording an album of Becker/Fagen songs in 1978.

Following the release of Aja, ABC was bought out by MCA Records, resulting in a contractual dispute with the label that delayed until 1980 the release of their follow-up album. During the interim, the group had a hit with the theme song for the film FM in 1978. Steely Dan finally released Gaucho, the follow-up to Aja, in late 1980, and it became another Top Ten hit for the group. During the summer of 1981, Becker and Fagen announced that they were parting ways. The following year, Fagen released his solo debut, The Nightfly, which became a critical and commercial hit.

Fagen didn't record another album until 1993, when he reunited with Becker, who produced Kamakiriad. The album was promoted by the first Steely Dan tour in nearly 20 years, and while the record failed to sell, the concerts were very popular. In 1994, Becker released his solo debut, 11 Tracks of Whack, which was produced by Fagen. The following year, Steely Dan mounted another reunion tour, and in early 2000 the duo issued Two Against Nature, their first new studio album in two decades. It won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Steely Dan followed it in 2003 with Everything Must Go. Fagan’s solo album Morph the Cat was released in 2006, and Becker released Circus Money in 2008 as Steely Dan embarked on another tour. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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and I am solarsteam1 not 15
timeless amazement and genius ness the ole dan is
Im thank full that the guys that write the Biographies don't do public speaking. They would love to hear themselves. But then again, maybe he are forced to ad filler.
jakobpelleti e r
I saw them play live in 1993 or 94, they were outstanding.
Can't Buy a Thrill was a critical and commercial success, but its supporting tour was a disaster, hampered by an under-rehear s e d band and unappreciati v e audiences.
I saw them at Tampa Stadium (old sombero) and they opened for CHICAGO, came out wearing old White Sox uniforms- RDBru
this the beginnings of aja album.... could fit nicely on that record
This song bring back good times when I hang around with my best friend.
gthomerson
Check out The Dukes of September DVD. Very cool.
just a great song
The song peg brings back a lot of memories
Saw them in concert in Fort Wayne, IN last year. Great concert. Having been a fan since the '70s, it allowed me to check one off of my bucket list.
These guys are incredible and Brilliant musicians.
Love these guys! Grew up w/ them so have tons of memories w/ them in the background.
No
fixie1950
Love all their stuff. Don't know if they ever made a clunker. The 30 second guitar solo on Bad Sneakers I could put on a continuous loop and I still don't think I'd ever tire of it. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
mikepascarel l o
Your Gold Teeth - Awesome, pure genius!
One of favorite groups- Aja a great album.
I probably don't know how, but still can't find out the year produced , on an album, 70's please Pandora and your magic box let me know when these songs were on the radio or playing on my turntable long time ago
neelyii
All hail The Dan !
Easily my favorite album of all time. Will make a bad day much better....an d a good day even greater.
....., I want a name when I lose,....... . Call me DBlues!
johnmargie6
Their music or lyrics will never be forgotten... . . . a l l are my favorites
Some of the best songs in our lifetime
♫ ....make tonight a wonderful thing
they certainly figure in my soundtrack
jones.st.cro i x
I see no more lyrics guess that cost to much!
GREAT SONG!!
Great band! SMMOOOTTTHH!
trinijr
Caves of Altamira - awesome.
Do it again and again. Love Steely Dan :)
dpat80
Steely Dan my favorite band with reeling in the years and my old school my forever favs. They will play these at my funeral. My brother will make sure. 1974
My Old School Rockalicious . . . . .
Love this band! Just takes me down great memory lane. ��
☆☆☆
SD is one of the premier entertainers EVER! Takes me back to my youth.
Please excuse me
Can't buy a Thrill, the best SD album!
SD- Had some of the greatest drummers of All Time- Porcaro, Gadd, Keltner, Purdie, Marotta, Gordon, et al on their albums. Imagine being Jeffrey Porcaro at 19 years old and playing on Katy Lied. That would be a huge rush! From below- a lot of Boz's songs were actually written by his back up band members that would become TOTO- Paich, Porcaro, Lukathur, etc. Great stuff!
amye45
I didn't know Chevy Chase was a drummer but I did know that Phil Hartman designed album covers for a few bands in the 70's including the logo for CSNY. RIP-Phil Hartman
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Walter Becker played guitar, not bass!
Not enough DAN, on THE STEELY
DAN Station. MORE OF THE NEW STUFF. ..LOVE "ROYAL SCAM!!"
FM: Please, Pandora, play the version with Walter Becker's guitar solo! One the best solos of all time!
Yes dodea48, they also wrote a few songs about cradle robbing and the good ole' days. I've seen Steely Dan half a dozen times in the last 25 years, including Donald's Dukes of September group - which is amazing. Fagen is about as brilliant as they come in the music world.
alohakghi
These gentlemen are the quintessenti a l studio artists of the 20th century. Their work, in many cases, cannot be duplicated live. The AOR radio format suited them perfectly. After the revolution of the 60's, the teens in the 70s (the ones paying attention), developed a more refined listening ear. The popularity of Steely Dan is one of the examples of this. No image packaging here, just pure talent.
1632mcadam
Saw Steely Dan in Phoenix this summer. Best concert ever!
dodea48
Did they ever write any songs that are not about hookers, drugs, and drinking
johnmargie6
When I'm earthed..... . j u s t by chance you crossed the diamond with the pearl....get along, get along Kid Charlemagne. . . . . . . Y e s , there's gas in the car....They are the best song writers...be s i d e s Boz Scaggs!!
Donald Fagan was one of the best of the change in music same as some bridge of sighs.... fly like an eagle... now some of Lamb of God. Help me; it keeps progressing. Not to belittle steely Dan.

(Smoothee) bless his a##. Aja ; Badass.

Ozzie classic as well.
This guy's tunes are true classic.

He is strange yet cool as s###.
Awesome man. DEACON BLUES!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Hammer 721.....Brin g s me way back!!
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