Author Topic: I'm Really Going To Get Into Steely Dan During This Lockdown  (Read 2843 times)

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Re: I'm Really Going To Get Into Steely Dan During This Lockdown
« Reply #30 on: November 12, 2020, 06:13:05 PM »
great instrumental version of Black Friday

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Re: I'm Really Going To Get Into Steely Dan During This Lockdown
« Reply #31 on: November 12, 2020, 06:23:59 PM »
Always loved a bit of Steely! Hey Nineteen, Gaucho and Deacon Blue are choons!

Re: I'm Really Going To Get Into Steely Dan During This Lockdown
« Reply #32 on: November 13, 2020, 12:17:03 PM »
I've now bought both the first two LPs despite having owned them previously. I remember taking the piss out of the state of them on the back cover of "Countdown To Ecstasy"


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Re: I'm Really Going To Get Into Steely Dan During This Lockdown
« Reply #33 on: November 13, 2020, 12:30:21 PM »
You can download the stems from quite a few Steely Dan tracks here.

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Re: I'm Really Going To Get Into Steely Dan During This Lockdown
« Reply #34 on: November 17, 2020, 05:22:33 PM »
You should ring into The Best Show tonight, SteveDave!

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Re: I'm Really Going To Get Into Steely Dan During This Lockdown
« Reply #35 on: November 18, 2020, 02:00:11 PM »
It appears that I only like the first two LPs. Everything after that gets a bit clean and clinical.

Re: I'm Really Going To Get Into Steely Dan During This Lockdown
« Reply #36 on: November 19, 2020, 11:01:02 AM »
It appears that I only like the first two LPs. Everything after that gets a bit clean and clinical.

Their later stuff rewards multiple listens in a way that few bands do. I found them too slick and polished at first but now they're one of my favourite bands and have been for about ten years. What made them really click for me was probably the lyrics on the later stuff. Some of the best cryptic storytelling I have ever heard in music.

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Re: I'm Really Going To Get Into Steely Dan During This Lockdown
« Reply #37 on: November 19, 2020, 02:26:15 PM »
^ Yeah, I remember first working through their discography and finding each new album a bit too slick, but perseverance revealing it to be just as good as or better than the last.

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Re: I'm Really Going To Get Into Steely Dan During This Lockdown
« Reply #38 on: November 22, 2020, 03:17:35 PM »
At 6pm UK time, my favourite local radio station KSHE 95 is doing their "Vinyl Exam" show about "Can't Buy A Thrill". You can listen online, it's pretty good.

Re: I'm Really Going To Get Into Steely Dan During This Lockdown
« Reply #39 on: November 23, 2020, 02:08:26 AM »
It appears that I only like the first two LPs. Everything after that gets a bit clean and clinical.

Me too.I think it's because they are not a real band anymore,Skunk's gone,and they just use any available session people.

Re: I'm Really Going To Get Into Steely Dan During This Lockdown
« Reply #40 on: November 23, 2020, 10:27:59 AM »
The real Gregg Turkington discusses why he finds Steely Dan hilarious and great:
https://thebestshow.net/episode/tom-vs-dan-jon-daly-gregg-turkington-kurt-vile-shep-in-great-newbridge-shoals/

(appears around the last hour I think)

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Re: I'm Really Going To Get Into Steely Dan During This Lockdown
« Reply #41 on: November 23, 2020, 01:26:40 PM »
It appears that I only like the first two LPs. Everything after that gets a bit clean and clinical.

Me too.I think it's because they are not a real band anymore,Skunk's gone,and they just use any available session people.

Small point, but he was still there for the third album - eg playing the steel solo on East St Louis and the main solo on Rikki.

Re: I'm Really Going To Get Into Steely Dan During This Lockdown
« Reply #42 on: November 23, 2020, 01:45:53 PM »
Small point, but he was still there for the third album - eg playing the steel solo on East St Louis and the main solo on Rikki.
And then he went off to sail the waves of smooth grooves with the Doobie Brothers...

I think the other guitarist, the chap with the hillbilly beard, popped up once or twice on the later albums.

Re: I'm Really Going To Get Into Steely Dan During This Lockdown
« Reply #43 on: November 23, 2020, 03:24:43 PM »
they just use any available session people.

lol

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« Reply #44 on: November 23, 2020, 03:42:50 PM »
And then he went off to sail the waves of smooth grooves with the Doobie Brothers...

I think the other guitarist, the chap with the hillbilly beard, popped up once or twice on the later albums.

Yes Denny Dias pops up on Aja on the tracks Aja and Home At Last I think. You can normally tell it's a Denny solo as he never uses bends or vibrato.

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Re: I'm Really Going To Get Into Steely Dan During This Lockdown
« Reply #45 on: November 23, 2020, 04:01:55 PM »
Their later stuff rewards multiple listens in a way that few bands do. I found them too slick and polished at first but now they're one of my favourite bands and have been for about ten years. What made them really click for me was probably the lyrics on the later stuff. Some of the best cryptic storytelling I have ever heard in music.
Absolutely. "Deacon Blues" is the pinnacle, he shoulda won the nobel prize for literature with those lyrics. Just incredible narrative.

I love the sarky stuff too though, or at least the stuff I read as sarky. "Charlie Freak" for example. It feels like he's taking the piss out of his own earnestness, I love it.

Has anyone mentioned the unreleased (except on the Greatest Hits, weirdly)  Here at the Western World? That's pretty funny. I think it's Katy Lied-era, it certainly seems to be of a piece with "Daddy Don't Live" and "Rose Darling" (another of my favourites, weird lyric which I took to be about his schooldays jazz-pamphlet collection.  Lovely demo version here.

EDIT Western World is in fact from the Royal Scam sessions, oops.

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Re: I'm Really Going To Get Into Steely Dan During This Lockdown
« Reply #46 on: November 24, 2020, 11:30:37 AM »
Bill Callahan & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Deacon Blues

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