History Music / SteelyDan

20th Sep '16 4:55:39 PM jedidarrick
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-->The first part goes on for 17 bars, one in 2/4, as the other musicians vamp on staccato chords beneath. The interlude chords briefly return, and Gadd resumes keep the beat, with a few more flourishes, while Shorter's solo continues. Then the vamp and drum solo resume for another 17-bar section, this one including one bar in 3/4, that ends with a descending chord progression that takes us back into the intro.
::The last word of the chorus ("you") also inserts 3/4 into an otherwise 4/4 section.

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-->The --> The first part goes on for 17 bars, one in 2/4, as the other musicians vamp on staccato chords beneath. The interlude chords briefly return, and Gadd resumes keep the beat, with a few more flourishes, while Shorter's solo continues. Then the vamp and drum solo resume for another 17-bar section, this one including one bar in 3/4, that ends with a descending chord progression that takes us back into the intro.
::The ** The last word of the chorus ("you") also inserts 3/4 into an otherwise 4/4 section.
3rd Aug '16 3:45:38 AM onionmaster
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** "Haitian Divorce"'s plot involves the protagonist, Babs, getting drunk on a Zombie (a highly alcoholic cocktail) at a bar at a good hotel, then heads to a dive bar so she can get even more drunk on cheap alcohol. At this dive bar, she meets a man who is also drunk and they later have sex, resulting in her becoming pregnant, and forgetting about who the father was until the kid was actually born.
9th Apr '16 11:47:57 AM CassandraLeo
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** Also, "Only a Fool Would Say That" seems to be a deconstructive critique of Music/JohnLennon's Music/{{Imagine}}."

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** Also, "Only a Fool Would Say That" seems to be a deconstructive critique of Music/JohnLennon's Music/{{Imagine}}.""Music/{{Imagine}}".
9th Apr '16 11:47:18 AM CassandraLeo
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* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can%27t_Buy_a_Thrill Can't Buy A Thrill]]'' (1972)
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Countdown_to_Ecstasy Countdown To Ecstasy]]'' (1973)

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* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can%27t_Buy_a_Thrill Can't Buy A a Thrill]]'' (1972)
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Countdown_to_Ecstasy Countdown To to Ecstasy]]'' (1973)



* "Reelin' In The Years"

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* "Reelin' In The in the Years"



* "FM (No Static At All)"

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* "FM (No Static At at All)"



* CallBack: Walter Becker's solo track Down In The Bottom includes the line "Down in the suburbs where it's hard to tell - if I got the bear or the bear got me". This is a reference to a Steely Dan outtake called "You Got The Bear" of which the chorus is "only time will tell, if you got the bear or the bear got you".
** Their second album has a song called "Your Gold Teeth" and their fourth has a song called "Your Gold Teeth II". The songs are unrelated musically, but share a chorus of "throw out your gold teeth, see how they roll" (or a variation thereof).
* CanonDiscontinuity: The two songs the band released before ''Can't Buy A Thrill'', "Dallas" and "Sail the Waterway". Aside from their original release as the two sides of their first single, they've been released on the Japanese compilation "Steely Dan" and the UK "Plus Fours" EP. But the band have never allowed them to be released on CD. Fagen and Becker are on record as calling the songs "stinko".

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* CallBack: Walter Becker's solo track Down In The Bottom "Down in the Bottom" includes the line "Down in the suburbs where it's hard to tell - if I got the bear or the bear got me". This is a reference to a Steely Dan outtake called "You Got The the Bear" of which the chorus is "only time will tell, if you got the bear or the bear got you".
** Their second album has a song called "Your Gold Teeth" and their fourth has a song called "Your Gold Teeth II". The songs are unrelated musically, but share a each song's chorus of contains the line "throw out your gold teeth, see how they roll" (or a variation thereof).
* CanonDiscontinuity: The two songs the band released before ''Can't Buy A a Thrill'', "Dallas" and "Sail the Waterway". Aside from their original release as the two sides of their first single, they've been released on the Japanese compilation "Steely Dan" and the UK "Plus Fours" EP. But the band have never allowed them to be released on CD. Fagen and Becker are on record as calling the songs "stinko".



** "Reeling In The Years" and "The Boston Rag" have these as well.

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** "Reeling In The "Reelin' in the Years" and "The Boston Rag" have these as well.



** They have never been ones to cut their songs short - roughly a quarter of their songs run 5 minutes or higher, surprisingly including some of their biggest radio hits ("Do It Again," "FM," "Hey Nineteen")
** Other 6-minute or longer songs include "The Royal Scam," "Glamour Profession," and "Jack of Speed."

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** They have never been ones to cut their songs short - roughly a quarter of their songs run 5 minutes or higher, surprisingly including some of their biggest radio hits ("Do It Again," "FM," Again", "FM (No Static at All)", "Hey Nineteen")
Nineteen") .
** Other 6-minute or longer songs include "The Royal Scam," Scam", "Glamour Profession," Profession", and "Jack of Speed."Speed".



* GetTheeToANunnery: "The Fez": Although it can be guessed from context, nobody calls a condom a "fez" anymore. This song, incidentally, has a good bit of ValuesDissonance.

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* GetTheeToANunnery: "The Fez": Although it can be guessed from context, nobody calls a condom a "fez" anymore. This song, incidentally, has a good bit of ValuesDissonance.ValuesDissonance, mostly due to the HIV/AIDS crisis.



** "{{Gaslighting}} Abbie" is about a man and his mistress plotting to do {{Exactly What It Says On The Tin}} to his wife.

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** "{{Gaslighting}} Abbie" is about a man and his mistress plotting to do {{Exactly What It Says On The Tin}} ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin to his wife.



** "Everyone's Gone To The Movies", which is even more upbeat sounding, is about a creepy neighborhood guy inviting teenagers to his house to watch porno movies. It's hinted that Mr. [=LaPage=] is planning on filming the teens as well.

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** "Everyone's Gone To The to the Movies", which is even more upbeat sounding, is about a creepy neighborhood guy inviting teenagers to his house to watch porno movies. It's hinted that Mr. [=LaPage=] is planning on filming the teens as well.



** Not nearly as squicky but also notable is "Daddy Don't Live in that New York City No More", a very cheery and bouncy song about [[MoralityBallad all of the various amoral activities]] that Daddy will no longer be involved in, now that he's died. The nonchalant delivery suggests that the singer thinks the world might be better off without Daddy in it. It's been posited that "Daddy" is a mob boss that the narrator didn't want around anymore.

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** Not nearly as squicky but also notable is "Daddy Don't Live in that That New York City No More", a very cheery and bouncy song about [[MoralityBallad all of the various amoral activities]] that Daddy will no longer be involved in, now that he's died. The nonchalant delivery suggests that the singer thinks the world might be better off without Daddy in it. It's been posited that "Daddy" is a mob boss that the narrator didn't want around anymore.



** "Time Out Of Mind" is a song entirely about heroin and various methods of consuming it.
** "Jack Of Speed" is most certainly ''not'' discussing a guy moving at high velocity.

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** "Time Out Of of Mind" is a song entirely about heroin and various methods of consuming it.
** "Jack Of of Speed" is most certainly ''not'' discussing a guy moving at high velocity.



* RealSongThemeTune: There was a syndicated classic rock radio show in the 80s and 90s called ''Reelin' In The Years''. Guess what the theme song was.

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* RealSongThemeTune: There was a syndicated classic rock radio show in the 80s and 90s called ''Reelin' In The in the Years''. Guess what the theme song was.



** ''Can't Buy a Thrill'' is named after a line from Music/BobDylan's "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry", from ''Music/Highway61Revisited''.



* StepUpToTheMicrophone: "Slang of Ages" from ''Everything Must Go'' and "Book of Liars" from the band's one live album, ''Alive in America'' are Walter Becker's only lead vocal credits in the band's history. He also sings half of the lead vocal for "Turn That Heartbeat Over Again" on ''Can't Buy a Thrill''.
** "Midnite Cruiser" is sung by Jim Hodder, the band's drummer during the ''Can't Buy A Thrill'' "actual band" era. So is "Dallas", the A side of the band's first single.
** Subverted by "Dirty Work", "Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me)" and "Turn That Heartbeat Over Again", the three songs sung by David Palmer on ''Can't Buy A Thrill''. As mentioned before, he was intended to be the singer for the band. Technically, the ''rest'' of ''Can't Buy A Thrill'' would have been a StepUpToTheMicrophone example for Donald Fagen if he and Becker didn't become unsatisfied with Palmer's live performances during the ensuing tour.
*** Several demo songs like "Undecided", "Soul Ram", "The Mock Turtle Song", "A Horse In Town", one version of "Sun Mountain" and "Brooklyn" are all sung by either David Palmer or Jim Hodder. With the sound quality it is sometime hard to tell.

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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: "Slang of Ages" from ''Everything Must Go'' and "Book of Liars" from the band's one live album, ''Alive in America'' America'', are Walter Becker's only lead vocal credits in the band's history. He also sings half of the lead vocal for "Turn That Heartbeat Over Again" on ''Can't Buy a Thrill''.
** "Midnite Cruiser" is sung by Jim Hodder, the band's drummer during the ''Can't Buy A a Thrill'' "actual band" era. So is "Dallas", the A side A-side of the band's first single.
** Subverted by "Dirty Work", "Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me)" and "Turn That Heartbeat Over Again", the three songs sung by David Palmer on ''Can't Buy A a Thrill''. As mentioned before, he was intended to be the singer for the band. Technically, the ''rest'' of ''Can't Buy A a Thrill'' would have been a StepUpToTheMicrophone example for Donald Fagen if he and Becker didn't become unsatisfied with Palmer's live performances during the ensuing tour.
*** Several demo songs like "Undecided", "Soul Ram", "The Mock Turtle Song", "A Horse In in Town", one version of "Sun Mountain" and "Brooklyn" are all sung by either David Palmer or Jim Hodder. With the sound quality it is sometime hard to tell.
28th Aug '15 9:28:39 AM heretoeditisall
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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: ''Godwhacker'' is about a bounty hunter team who have been hired to KILL GOD HIMSELF! It's implied in the lyrics that they're called the "Godwhackers" because they've killed lesser gods before.
28th Aug '15 9:21:20 AM heretoeditisall
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* ActionGirl: The title character of ''Pixeleen'' seems to be a teenage girl who is involved in a fight with an assassin in the subway, complete with descriptions of the weapons she's carrying- while also having to deal with her father and boyfriend calling her in the middle of it.
5th Aug '15 6:38:24 AM TrustBen
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* ChocolateBaby: The "Who's that kinky so-and-so" conclusion of "Haitian Divorce".
2nd Jul '15 1:49:40 AM RatherRandomRachel
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* {{Malaproper}}: Their album (and song) title ''Aja'', is a misspelling (and presumably slight mispronunciation) of "Asia".
** Justified in that it was the name of one of their friends' wives. She was apparently Korean.

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* {{Malaproper}}: Their Averted. The album (and song) title ''Aja'', is ''Aja'' looks like a misspelling (and presumably slight mispronunciation) of "Asia".
** Justified in that it was
"Asia", but is actually the name of the wife of one of their friends' wives. friends. She was apparently Korean.Korean, but her name is not related to the continent at all.
29th Jun '15 9:50:25 PM karstovich2
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* GetTheeToANunnery: "The Fez": Although it can be guessed from context, nobody calls a condom a "fez" anymore. This song, incidentally, has a good bit of ValuesDissonance; see below.

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* GetTheeToANunnery: "The Fez": Although it can be guessed from context, nobody calls a condom a "fez" anymore. This song, incidentally, has a good bit of ValuesDissonance; see below.ValuesDissonance.
29th Jun '15 9:50:00 PM karstovich2
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* ValuesDissonance: "The Fez." It's about a guy who won't have sex with a woman without wearing a condom (see GetTheeToANunnery, above). Today, wearing a condom is pretty much standard operating procedure (at least until you've been with your partner for a good long while), but back in 1976 (when the song came out), the thought process was that pregnancy was avoidable with all the marvelous contraceptives on the market (the pill, the diaphragm, and the IUD being the most notable), and virtually all [=STD=]s were either curable or could not be prevented with condoms anyway, so insisting on a condom was seen as a sign of an overly-cautious, distinctly un-hip man who didn't trust his partner(s). Yeah, HIV/AIDS undid that attitude in a hurry...
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