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* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Countdown_to_Ecstasy Countdown to Ecstasy]]'' (1973)

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* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Countdown_to_Ecstasy Countdown to Ecstasy]]'' ''Music/CountdownToEcstasy'' (1973)

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* RadioSong: ''F.M. (No Static at All)''. A song created as the opening song for the film ''FM''. The song sings the praises of Main/{{Blues}}, Main/{{Reggae}}, Music/ElvisPresley and the lack of static when compared to AM.

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* BookEnd: The opening song (Black Cow) and closing song (Josie) of "Aja" both mention a place called "Rudy's".


* AlmaMaterSong: Subverted; "My Old School" is actually about a grudge against their alma mater, Bard College, for being complicit in the wrongful arrest of some fifty students, including Fagen and Becker, by sheriff's deputies during a raid of the college's dorms in 1969. Fagen was so angry with the school, he refused to attend graduation a few weeks later.
** The song claims that they won't go back to Annandale-On-Hudson -- the college town in Upstate New York where Bard College is located -- until "California tumbles into the sea". Fagen [[FunnyAneurysmMoment returned to Annandale in 1985]] to accept, of all things, an honorary degree (as well as speak at commencement). He went back there again in 2001 for an ''Entertainment Weekly'' [[http://www.ew.com/ew/report/0,6115,1174152_7_0_,00.html article about the song]]. Still, twice is more than most people return to their alma mater, even those who don't write sneering songs about how much they hate the school.

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* AlmaMaterSong: Subverted; "My Old School" is actually about a grudge against their alma mater, Bard College, for being complicit in the wrongful arrest of some fifty students, including Fagen and Becker, by sheriff's deputies during a raid of the college's dorms in 1969. Fagen was so angry with the school, he refused to attend graduation a few weeks later.
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later. The song claims that they won't go back to Annandale-On-Hudson -- the college town in Upstate New York where Bard College is located -- until "California tumbles into the sea". Fagen [[FunnyAneurysmMoment returned to Annandale in 1985]] 1985 to accept, of all things, an honorary degree (as well as speak at commencement). He went back there again in 2001 for an ''Entertainment Weekly'' [[http://www.ew.com/ew/report/0,6115,1174152_7_0_,00.html article about the song]]. Still, twice is more than most people return to their alma mater, even those who don't write sneering songs about how much they hate the school.



* 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, mostly due to the HIV/AIDS crisis.

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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, mostly due to the HIV/AIDS crisis.


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%%* LastNoteNightmare: "Josie"


* AlbumTitleDrop: From "Doctor Wu":

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* AlbumTitleDrop: From The title of "Katy Lied" is (slightly modified) from "Doctor Wu":

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* DrunkDriver: "Deacon Blues" implies after drinking whiskey on dying behind the wheel.

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* ManicPixieDreamGirl: "Josie".


* BigRottenApple: "The Royal Scam". Also the bizarre cover of the album of the same name, depicting a vagrant sleeping under skyscrapers that are morphing into the heads of vicious animals.

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* BigRottenApple: "The Royal Scam". Also the bizarre cover of the album of the same name, depicting a vagrant sleeping under skyscrapers (that at least suggest New York) that are morphing into the heads of vicious animals.


* CaliforniaCollapse: "My Old School"

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* CaliforniaCollapse: "My Old School"School", though played with in the sense of "when pigs fly":

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* CaliforniaCollapse: "My Old School"
-->California tumbles into the sea
-->That'll be the day I go back to Annandale

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* BigRottenApple: "The Royal Scam". Also the bizarre cover of the album of the same name, depicting a vagrant sleeping under skyscrapers that are morphing into the heads of vicious animals.


* BitingTheHandHumor: their website, among many other hilarious writings, contains [[http://www.steelydan.com/hof.html a number of appeals making their case for inclusion in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame]]. When they were finally voted in, they immediately opened a fake auction for the commemorative trophies awarded by a "self-styled 'official' musical honorary organization". Items offered in exchange ranged from cash offers to "somebody's gold teeth" and something simply described as "biological matter".
* BlindWithoutEm: Walter Becker has worn glasses his entire life, and has never worn contacts or gotten laser surgery. Since the 2000s, Fagen has needed them too and is frequently seen with prescription sunglasses. In fact, in the 70s, they frequently refused to be photographed without sunglasses.

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* BitingTheHandHumor: their website, among many other hilarious writings, contains [[http://www.steelydan.com/hof.html a number of appeals making their case for inclusion in the Rock 'n' and Roll Hall of Fame]]. When they were finally voted in, they immediately opened a fake auction for the commemorative trophies awarded by a "self-styled 'official' musical honorary organization". Items offered in exchange ranged from cash offers to "somebody's gold teeth" and something simply described as "biological matter".
* BlindWithoutEm: Walter Becker has worn wore glasses his entire life, and has never worn wore contacts or gotten had laser surgery. Since the 2000s, Fagen has needed them too and is frequently seen with prescription sunglasses. In fact, in the 70s, they frequently refused to be photographed without sunglasses.



* CoolOldGuy: Both of them, now that they're in their 60s.

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* CoolOldGuy: Both of them, now that they're in their 60s.Becker until his death, and Fagen now.



* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "Bodhisattva."

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* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "Bodhisattva.""Bodhisattva".



* EpicRocking: "Aja," "Deacon Blues," "Your Gold Teeth," and "West of Hollywood."

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* EpicRocking: "Aja," "Aja", "Deacon Blues," Blues", "Your Gold Teeth," Teeth", and "West of Hollywood." Hollywood".



* ForgottenTrope: [[DivorceInReno The Haitian divorce]] of, well, "Haitian Divorce." Until the liberalization of US divorce law, East Coast Americans trying to divorce their spouses without that spouse's consent would travel to Haiti to get divorced, since Haitian law had long permitted unilateral divorce. This was the most common alternative to Nevada divorce for people on the East Coast, since Haiti was closer than Nevada; one reason you see it less in fiction is that unlike Nevada divorce--whose laws and decisions on marriage and divorce, being those of an American state, must [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem be given "full faith and credit"]] by other states--Haitian divorce in the US is governed by the less-expansive law of "comity." Thus many state courts--e.g. UsefulNotes/NewJersey--refused to recognize Haitian divorces until the state legislature adopted no-fault divorce as well. However, New York did recognize Haitian divorces (bizarrely, because it long had the most restrictive divorce laws in the nation--they didn't adopt no-fault until ''2010'').

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* ForgottenTrope: [[DivorceInReno The Haitian divorce]] of, well, "Haitian Divorce." Divorce". Until the liberalization of US divorce law, East Coast Americans trying to divorce their spouses without that spouse's consent would travel to Haiti to get divorced, since Haitian law had long permitted unilateral divorce. This was the most common alternative to Nevada divorce for people on the East Coast, since Haiti was closer than Nevada; one reason you see it less in fiction is that unlike Nevada divorce--whose laws and decisions on marriage and divorce, being those of an American state, must [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem be given "full faith and credit"]] by other states--Haitian divorce in the US is governed by the less-expansive law of "comity." "comity". Thus many state courts--e.g. UsefulNotes/NewJersey--refused to recognize Haitian divorces until the state legislature adopted no-fault divorce as well. However, New York did recognize Haitian divorces (bizarrely, because it long had the most restrictive divorce laws in the nation--they didn't adopt no-fault until ''2010'').



* SpecsOfAwesome: Walter Becker is never seen without his huge glasses.

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* SpecsOfAwesome: Walter Becker is was never seen without his huge glasses.


* ForgottenTrope: [[DivorceInReno The Haitian divorce]] of, well, "Haitian Divorce." Until the liberalization of US divorce law, East Coast Americans trying to divorce their spouses without that spouse's consent would travel to Haiti to get divorced, since Haitian law had long permitted unilateral divorce. This was the most common alternative to Nevada divorce for people on the East Coast, since Haiti was closer than Nevada; one reason you see it less in fiction is that unlike Nevada divorce--whose laws and decisions on marriage and divorce, being those of an American state, must [[AmericanPoliticalSystem be given "full faith and credit"]] by other states--Haitian divorce in the US is governed by the less-expansive law of "comity." Thus many state courts--e.g. UsefulNotes/NewJersey--refused to recognize Haitian divorces until the state legislature adopted no-fault divorce as well. However, New York did recognize Haitian divorces (bizarrely, because it long had the most restrictive divorce laws in the nation--they didn't adopt no-fault until ''2010'').

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* ForgottenTrope: [[DivorceInReno The Haitian divorce]] of, well, "Haitian Divorce." Until the liberalization of US divorce law, East Coast Americans trying to divorce their spouses without that spouse's consent would travel to Haiti to get divorced, since Haitian law had long permitted unilateral divorce. This was the most common alternative to Nevada divorce for people on the East Coast, since Haiti was closer than Nevada; one reason you see it less in fiction is that unlike Nevada divorce--whose laws and decisions on marriage and divorce, being those of an American state, must [[AmericanPoliticalSystem [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem be given "full faith and credit"]] by other states--Haitian divorce in the US is governed by the less-expansive law of "comity." Thus many state courts--e.g. UsefulNotes/NewJersey--refused to recognize Haitian divorces until the state legislature adopted no-fault divorce as well. However, New York did recognize Haitian divorces (bizarrely, because it long had the most restrictive divorce laws in the nation--they didn't adopt no-fault until ''2010'').


Becker died on September 3, 2017 of undisclosed causes at age 67, shortly after having an operation whose exact nature was also undisclosed.

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Becker died on September 3, 2017 of undisclosed causes at age 67, shortly after having an operation whose exact nature was also undisclosed.
undisclosed. Fagan has said he will continue the band on his own.

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Becker died on September 3, 2017 of undisclosed causes at age 67, shortly after having an operation whose exact nature was also undisclosed.

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