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Steely Dan Band

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by cshadows2887, Aug 22, 2016.

  1. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Steely Dan is an American jazz rock band whose music also blends elements of funk, R&B, and pop.[2] Founded by core members Walter Becker and Donald ***en in 1972, the band enjoyed great critical and commercial success starting from the early 1970s until breaking up in 1981. Rolling Stone has called them "the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies".[3] Steely Dan reunited in 1993 and has toured steadily ever since.

  2. cshadows2887 Aug 22, 2016
    (Last edited: Aug 23, 2016)

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Steely Dan
    Masters of studio craft and purveyors of smart, ironic songwriting, Steely Dan had a fantastic run in the 70s. Eschewing popular trends and music industry conventions (having a band, touring, etc.) they made a unique mark on pop music. Their incorporation of jazz was also a fairly major crossover of the genre to radio.

    Recommended Listen:

    Crash Course:
    1. Aja
    2. Can't Buy a Thrill
    3. Pretzel Logic

    Compilation Replacement:
    A Decade of Steely Dan

    Signature Songs:
    1. "Reelin' in the Years"
    2. "Do It Again"
    3. "Rikki Don't Lose That Number"
    4. "Aja"
    5. "Peg"

    Personal Note:
    I'm not an expert here. I have also heard Katy Lied which is on the same level of excellence. Countdown to Ecstasy is similarly adored, and Gaucho has its following too. We'll all be discovering a little together this week.
  3. nohandstoholdonto

    problem addict Prestigious

    Loving Aja right now.
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  4. Ben

    Trusted Prestigious

    Ayyyyyyy, gonna be listening to a fair amount of these this week!
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  5. Nathan

    Always do the right thing. Supporter

    To add to the trend I saw in the unpopular opinions thread, my old roommate also studied Aja in his audio production classes, or at least one of them. My brother was listening to the vinyl we inherited from our parents the other night. I'm not super into vinyl but we have a nice setup and it sounds so stellar.
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  6. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    I feel like I need to own it in that format. It would jump right out of the speakers.
  7. iCarly Rae Jepsen

    run away with me Platinum

    Reelin' In The Years is a jam
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  8. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Fun fact:

    Both Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and Michael McDonald started their careers with Steely Dan before defecting to the Doobie Brothers.

    They must have hated The Doobie Brothers.
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  9. iCarly Rae Jepsen

    run away with me Platinum

    Chevy Chase also played in band with them in college
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  10. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

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  11. iCarly Rae Jepsen

    run away with me Platinum

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  12. George

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    Cool. I've heard Aja once a while ago, and I remember being impressed by it and respecting the production a lot, but not really engaging with the songs. I'll revisit and see how I feel now.

    I'm in Venice this week though, so won't have the chance until the weekend at the earliest.
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  13. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Listening to Countdown to Ecstasy for the first time. Definitely the straightest they ever played it as a "rock" band, I feel like. Some killer songs. I've known "Bodhisattva" for ever, but stuff like "The Boston Rag" and "My Old School" is just as good. Not as exceptional as Aja and Pretzel Logic but still part of a hell of a run for them in the 70s.
  14. Ben

    Trusted Prestigious

    Aja is so so good. "Peg" is probably my favorite, just such a jam.
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  15. Ben

    Trusted Prestigious

    How crazy is it that "Do It Again" is the first song off the band's debut album? Wow.

    (i'm listening to that album now. still on track 1)
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  16. Ben

    Trusted Prestigious

    I didn't enjoy this as much as Aja but the singles are absolutely killer. Also it's a very very strong showing for a debut. I'm looking forward to listening to the albums between this and Aja to hear the progression.
  17. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    I do like they they were less developed and perfectionist and they were more of a band. Gives it a distinct appeal. You'll prob like Pretzel Logic more
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  18. Aregala

    Blistering Guitar Lead

    Countdown to Ecstasy fucking owns

    Finally starting to get into this band
  19. Steve_JustAGuy


    Anyway, been grooving to these guys hard today.
  20. PauLo

    43% Burnt

    Been having a Steely Dan sesh recently. Making my way through in order. Listened to Countdown to Ecstasy yesterday and I love the jazzy feel to some of it.
  21. elphshelf

    100% made of farts Supporter

    Bodhisattva rips.
  22. Steve_JustAGuy


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  23. riotspray

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  24. phaynes12 Prestigious

    oh hell yes
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  25. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    That page is bizarrely addictive.
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