History YMMV / SteelyDan

7th May '16 4:17:34 AM onionmaster
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** You can realistically call it about 15 years. Becker and Fagen began work on new material in 1986, after reconvening during the recording of Rosie Vela's self-titled album. They composed early versions of "Snowbound" and "West Of Hollywood". Some time after, they composed "Fall Of 92". They decided to work on their own solo albums. Both were started around the same time, but Fagen's Kamakiriad was released earlier. It was produced by and featured Becker, and featured "Snowbound", which was the only song Fagen didn't write entirely himself. Conversely, Becker's solo album "11 Tracks Of Whack" appeared in 1994, and was a combination of home recordings with drum machine and some stuff done with a full band. By this point "Fall Of '92" was too dated - chiefly because of its political lyrics referring to Bush Sr. being in the white house - so it was dropped, though appeared as a B-Side on a promo CD. In 1993, the band had started touring for the first time in 19 years, assembling an all star band, and rearranging a number of tracks, as well as playing tracks from their two solo albums, plus "Fall Of 92". In 1996, after touring for a few years and wanting to spice up their oldies-heavy setlist, the band wrote three new songs, "Jack Of Speed", "Wet Side Story" and "Cash Only Island", and played them on tour. In 1997, the band began more concrete work on writing songs for Two Against Nature, but spent a lot of time meticulously getting the songs 'right', using the technology Pro-Tools and writing a lot of the drum beats using programmed samples. The band recorded the three songs they had played on tour, but of them, only a reworked "Jack Of Speed" appeared on the album, with the other two still unreleased. When "Two Against Nature" finally came out in 2000, many were happy to hear the album, but felt it was overproduced, preferred the tour arrangement of "Jack Of Speed", were baffled at the omission of "Wet Side Story" and "Cash Only Island", and found its lead single "Cousin Dupree" to be lightweight. Despite winning a Grammy for it, the band must have listened to this criticism because the follow up "Everything Must Go" was produced more quickly, and in the style of the old Steely Dan albums.

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** You can realistically call it about 15 years. Becker and Fagen began work on new material in 1986, after reconvening during the recording of Rosie Vela's self-titled album.album Zazu. They composed early versions of "Snowbound" and "West Of Hollywood". Some time after, they composed "Fall Of 92". They decided to work on their own solo albums. Both were started around the same time, but Fagen's Kamakiriad was released earlier. It was produced by and featured Becker, and featured "Snowbound", which was the only song Fagen didn't write entirely himself. Conversely, Becker's solo album "11 Tracks Of Whack" appeared in 1994, and was a combination of home recordings with drum machine and some stuff done with a full band. By this point "Fall Of '92" was too dated - chiefly because of its political lyrics referring to Bush Sr. being in the white house - so it was dropped, though appeared as a B-Side on a promo CD. In 1993, the band had started touring for the first time in 19 years, assembling an all star band, and rearranging a number of tracks, as well as playing tracks from their two solo albums, plus "Fall Of 92". In 1996, after touring for a few years and wanting to spice up their oldies-heavy setlist, the band wrote three new songs, "Jack Of Speed", "Wet Side Story" and "Cash Only Island", and played them on tour. In 1997, the band began more concrete work on writing songs for Two Against Nature, but spent a lot of time meticulously getting the songs 'right', using the technology Pro-Tools and writing a lot of the drum beats using programmed samples. The band recorded the three songs they had played on tour, but of them, only a reworked "Jack Of Speed" appeared on the album, with the other two still unreleased. When "Two Against Nature" finally came out in 2000, many were happy to hear the album, but felt it was overproduced, preferred the tour arrangement of "Jack Of Speed", were baffled at the omission of "Wet Side Story" and "Cash Only Island", and found its lead single "Cousin Dupree" to be lightweight. Despite winning a Grammy for it, the band must have listened to this criticism because the follow up "Everything Must Go" was produced more quickly, and in the style of the old Steely Dan albums.
7th May '16 4:14:29 AM onionmaster
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** You can realistically call it about 15 years. Becker and Fagen began work on new material in 1986, after reconvening during the recording of Rosie Vela's self-titled album. They composed early versions of "Snowbound" and "West Of Hollywood". Some time after, they composed "Fall Of 92". They decided to work on their own solo albums. Both were started around the same time, but Fagen's Kamakiriad was released earlier. It was produced by and featured Becker, and featured "Snowbound", which was the only song Fagen didn't write entirely himself. Conversely, Becker's solo album "11 Tacks Of Whack" appeared in 1994, and was a combination of home recordings with drum machine and some stuff done with a full band. By this point "Fall Of '92" was too dated - chiefly because of its political lyrics referring to Bush Sr. being in the white house - so it was dropped, though appeared as a B-Side on a promo CD. In 1993, the band had started touring for the first time in 19 years, assembling an all star band, and rearranging a number of tracks, as well as playing tracks from their two solo albums, plus "Fall Of 92". After touring for a few years and wanting to spice up their oldies-heavy setlist, the band wrote three new songs, "Jack Of Speed", "Wet Side Story" and "Cash Only Island", and played them on tour. In 1997, the band began more concrete work on writing songs for Two Against Nature, but spent a lot of time meticulously getting the songs 'right', using the technology Pro-Tools and writing a lot of the drum beats using programmed samples. The band recorded the three songs they had played on tour, but of them, only a reworked "Jack Of Speed" appeared on the album, with the other two still unreleased. When "Two Against Nature" finally came out in 2000, many were happy to hear the album, but felt it was overproduced, preferred the tour arrangement of "Jack Of Speed", were baffled at the omission of "Wet Side Story" and "Cash Only Island", and found its lead single "Cousin Dupree" to be lightweight. Despite winning a Grammy for it, the band must have listened to this criticism because the follow up "Everything Must Go" was produced more quickly, and in the style of the old Steely Dan albums.

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** You can realistically call it about 15 years. Becker and Fagen began work on new material in 1986, after reconvening during the recording of Rosie Vela's self-titled album. They composed early versions of "Snowbound" and "West Of Hollywood". Some time after, they composed "Fall Of 92". They decided to work on their own solo albums. Both were started around the same time, but Fagen's Kamakiriad was released earlier. It was produced by and featured Becker, and featured "Snowbound", which was the only song Fagen didn't write entirely himself. Conversely, Becker's solo album "11 Tacks Tracks Of Whack" appeared in 1994, and was a combination of home recordings with drum machine and some stuff done with a full band. By this point "Fall Of '92" was too dated - chiefly because of its political lyrics referring to Bush Sr. being in the white house - so it was dropped, though appeared as a B-Side on a promo CD. In 1993, the band had started touring for the first time in 19 years, assembling an all star band, and rearranging a number of tracks, as well as playing tracks from their two solo albums, plus "Fall Of 92". After In 1996, after touring for a few years and wanting to spice up their oldies-heavy setlist, the band wrote three new songs, "Jack Of Speed", "Wet Side Story" and "Cash Only Island", and played them on tour. In 1997, the band began more concrete work on writing songs for Two Against Nature, but spent a lot of time meticulously getting the songs 'right', using the technology Pro-Tools and writing a lot of the drum beats using programmed samples. The band recorded the three songs they had played on tour, but of them, only a reworked "Jack Of Speed" appeared on the album, with the other two still unreleased. When "Two Against Nature" finally came out in 2000, many were happy to hear the album, but felt it was overproduced, preferred the tour arrangement of "Jack Of Speed", were baffled at the omission of "Wet Side Story" and "Cash Only Island", and found its lead single "Cousin Dupree" to be lightweight. Despite winning a Grammy for it, the band must have listened to this criticism because the follow up "Everything Must Go" was produced more quickly, and in the style of the old Steely Dan albums.
7th May '16 4:13:27 AM onionmaster
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** Despite its troubled production, ''Gaucho'' contains some of the band's best music, such as "Third World Man" and the title track.

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** Despite its troubled production, ''Gaucho'' contains some of the band's best music, such as "Third World Man" "Hey Nineteen", "Time Out Of Mind" and the title track.


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** You can realistically call it about 15 years. Becker and Fagen began work on new material in 1986, after reconvening during the recording of Rosie Vela's self-titled album. They composed early versions of "Snowbound" and "West Of Hollywood". Some time after, they composed "Fall Of 92". They decided to work on their own solo albums. Both were started around the same time, but Fagen's Kamakiriad was released earlier. It was produced by and featured Becker, and featured "Snowbound", which was the only song Fagen didn't write entirely himself. Conversely, Becker's solo album "11 Tacks Of Whack" appeared in 1994, and was a combination of home recordings with drum machine and some stuff done with a full band. By this point "Fall Of '92" was too dated - chiefly because of its political lyrics referring to Bush Sr. being in the white house - so it was dropped, though appeared as a B-Side on a promo CD. In 1993, the band had started touring for the first time in 19 years, assembling an all star band, and rearranging a number of tracks, as well as playing tracks from their two solo albums, plus "Fall Of 92". After touring for a few years and wanting to spice up their oldies-heavy setlist, the band wrote three new songs, "Jack Of Speed", "Wet Side Story" and "Cash Only Island", and played them on tour. In 1997, the band began more concrete work on writing songs for Two Against Nature, but spent a lot of time meticulously getting the songs 'right', using the technology Pro-Tools and writing a lot of the drum beats using programmed samples. The band recorded the three songs they had played on tour, but of them, only a reworked "Jack Of Speed" appeared on the album, with the other two still unreleased. When "Two Against Nature" finally came out in 2000, many were happy to hear the album, but felt it was overproduced, preferred the tour arrangement of "Jack Of Speed", were baffled at the omission of "Wet Side Story" and "Cash Only Island", and found its lead single "Cousin Dupree" to be lightweight. Despite winning a Grammy for it, the band must have listened to this criticism because the follow up "Everything Must Go" was produced more quickly, and in the style of the old Steely Dan albums.


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** "Don't Take Me Alive" is, atypically for the band, led by a heavy guitar riff played by Larry Carlton. Whilst their guitarists would usually only get the chance to shine on solos, this song is led by one. It is one of the band's most popular songs amongst fans for this reason.
30th Oct '15 7:47:58 PM nombretomado
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** The song "Champion" by KanyeWest extensively samples Kid Charlemagne. Interesting, they initially denied his request to use the sample, but after he [[http://www.fuse.tv/2012/10/kanye-west-wrote-handwritten-letter-to-steely-dan-for-sample-clearance wrote them an emotional letter]] explaining how important the song was to him, they obliged.

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** The song "Champion" by KanyeWest Music/KanyeWest extensively samples Kid Charlemagne. Interesting, they initially denied his request to use the sample, but after he [[http://www.fuse.tv/2012/10/kanye-west-wrote-handwritten-letter-to-steely-dan-for-sample-clearance wrote them an emotional letter]] explaining how important the song was to him, they obliged.
29th Jun '15 9:51:05 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). 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...
2nd May '15 4:49:46 PM Schroeder1174
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--> I take one last drag as I aproach the stand

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22nd Apr '15 7:24:12 AM madius
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** Two songs later on ''Aja'', Michael McDonald sings the bridge of "I Got the News" and nearly steals the entire song for himself.

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** Two songs later on ''Aja'', Michael McDonald [=McDonald=] sings the bridge of "I Got the News" and nearly steals the entire song for himself.
22nd Apr '15 7:21:33 AM madius
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** Two songs later on ''Aja'', Michael McDonald sings the bridge of "I Got the News" and nearly steals the entire song for himself.
24th Jan '15 2:58:14 PM zeldafan128
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* HilariousInHindsight: Donald Fagen's solo track from 2006, "Security Joan", is about someone falling in love with a airport security officer while being searched at a checkpoint. Fast-forward to 2012, when Fagen gets stopped at the US-Canada border because of an FBI file related to the drug bust at Bard.
2nd Dec '14 12:35:43 AM Ezclee4050
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* OneSceneWonder: It's the only Steely Dan song he played on, but Jay Graydon's guitar solo for "Peg" is one of the top moments in their catalog.
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