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  • Michael McDonald Reveals Failed Attempt at Drug Dealing

    05/30/2024 10:06:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    UltimateClassicRock ^ | May 30, 2024 | Corey Irwin
    Michael McDonald has detailed his failed attempt to “make some easy money” by selling cocaine. It was the ‘70s and McDonald was a member of Steely Dan’s touring band, while also providing backing vocals on their albums. The rockers’ common interests extended beyond music, as they were also frequent cocaine users at the time. In a moment of inspiration – or stupidity, depending on how you view it – the musicians devised a plan to sell drugs on the side. McDonald details the scheme in his new memoir, What a Fool Believes. He and Walter Becker decided they would “buy...
  • ‘Aja’: Steely Dan Hit The Sweet Spot, And The Grammy Hall Of Fame

    05/17/2024 3:10:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 53 replies
    Udiscovermusic ^ | Paul Sexton | May 15
    Produced by longtime collaborator Gary Katz, the album went on to be the band’s most successful, and their first platinum disc.The recordings of Steely Dan are so superbly crafted that it’s no surprise they have won honors for their studio engineering as well as their superior musicianship. The band’s magnificent Aja album, released on September 23, 1977, went on to win a Grammy Award the following February 23. It was for Best Engineered Recording, Non Classical, for Al Schmitt, Bill Schnee, Elliot Scheiner, and Roger Nichols. This masterwork, which was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003, came...
  • BREAKING NEWS Jim Beard dead at 63: Steely Dan keyboardist passes away 'from complications due to a sudden illness'

    03/06/2024 12:24:27 PM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | March 6, 2024 | Justin Enriquez
    Musician Jim Beard - known for his work with Steely Dan - has died at the age of 63, it has been confirmed. The composer and producer passed away Saturday, March 2nd, in a hospital in New York City from complications due to a sudden illness, Deadline reports. Beard had been a member of Steely Dan since 2008, and had also recently toured with legendary band the Eagles for their Long Goodbye tour. Bear's last performance with Steely Dan was on January 20th in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born on August 26, 1960 in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania before moving to...
  • I Packed your Bags and Did Your Leaving for You! Nikki be gone!

    03/01/2024 11:47:14 AM PST · by John S Mosby · 5 replies
    You Tub ^ | 6-24-2008 | Ashby Frank-/Junior Sisk
    "All you ever talk about's how bad you got it here. You say that all I ever do is sit here drinking beer. Well if you listen to yourself you might just drink one too You say you want to leave me-- HERE's your chance to FOLLOW THROUGH!"
  • Musical Interlude topic for February 2024

    02/01/2024 6:25:03 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    YouTube etcetera ^ | January 29, 2011 etcetera | various
    Mississippi-born bluesman K.C. Douglas (1912-1975), recorded in Oakland, California during a 1952 field trip. The song, Mercury Blues, was much covered by later generations of blues performers.K.C. Douglas - Mercury Blues (1952) | 2:20lupine22 | 6.93K subscribers | 150,154 views | January 29, 2011
  • who's gonna go see Donald Fagan do Steely Dan songs?

    11/10/2023 6:09:04 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 54 replies ^ | Nov 10 2023 | Beowulf9
    I don't care about the Eagles. Jest wanna see Fagan do them Steely Dan songs!
  • How Steely Dan finally made their perfect album

    08/06/2023 6:02:01 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 75 replies ^ | 3 months ago from August 2023 | David Hartley
    Aja by Steely Dan is one of my favourite albums ever. Sure, it might not generally be considered the greatest of all time - but it is perfect in a way that no other album is. Steely Dan made records like no other band. Donald Fagen and Walter Becker would write the songs, and then to record them they'd bring in some of the world's greatest session players. Couple this with beautiful arrangements and outstanding recordings and the result is an album that allows us to hear incredible musicianship. The perfection on this album is intentional. It's not a gift...
  • Musical Interlude topic for August 2023

    08/02/2023 11:09:52 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 13, 2023 | Pendragon et al
    This is a hard to find old recording on Vinyl of a band I first heard at a Ren Faire in the late 1980s, it's become one of my favorite albums.00:00 Bonny at Morn04:40 Walls of LisCarroll06:44 The Blacksmith09:30 Blackbird14:36 Three Polkas18:05 Hogan's Alley21:35 Restless Waters27:15 Scarce O'Taties29:15 Jock O'Hazeldean33:40 Rights of Man37:15 Irish Ways and Irish Laws42:00 A Cry for PeacePendragon - Music in the Celtic Tradition | 43:25Shiny Shadows | 71 subscribers | 1,683 views | July 13, 2023
  • Musical Interlude topic for July 2023

    07/01/2023 11:31:53 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    YouTube etc ^ | May 28, 2023 | Aurelien Froissart et al
    [Ugne Liepa Zuklyte]'s request turned into the best duet I ever had 🤯🤯 #piano #violin #vivaldi #vivaldisummer #vivaldifourseasons #quattrostagioni #fourseasons #publicpiano #classicaltok #classicalmusic (Vivaldi) This video broke Tiktok (+20 M views in 2 days) | 3:03Aurelien Froissart - piano | 412K subscribers | 3,794,467 views | May 28, 2023
  • Steely Dan’s Lost 1979 Song ‘Second Arrangement’ Surfaces Online

    06/27/2023 12:20:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Ultimate Classic Rock ^ | June 25, 2023 | Corey Irwin
    Steely Dan’s long lost song "The Second Arrangement" has surfaced online. The track, recorded in December 1979 while the band was laying down material for their 1980 album Gaucho, has long held a kind of mythological place among Steely Dan fans. As the story goes, the group recorded the majority of the song, with only a few simple additions needed to bring it to completion. After heading home for the night, they returned to the studio the next morning, only to discover that the "The Second Arrangement" tapes had been accidentally erased. The band tried to recreate what they’d recorded,...
  • How Steely Dan Got Wayne Shorter to Play on 'Aja'

    03/06/2023 12:28:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Far Out Magazine ^ | THU 2ND MAR 2023 | Tyler Golsen
    It was a jazz nerd’s dream come true: legendary Miles Davis and Weather Report saxophonist Wayne Shorter was coming into the studio to record on a song. Even better, it was a song that you wrote. Most rock musicians probably wouldn’t have known Shorter from a hole in the wall in 1977, but Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were no average rock musicians, and Steely Dan were no average rock band. Raised as jazz snobs on the east coast of the United States, Becker and Fagen had worked hard to push Steely Dan beyond their initial 1970s soft rock sound....
  • Steely Dan - Dirty Work

    01/30/2023 7:31:45 PM PST · by DallasBiff · 29 replies
    Steely Dan ^ | 1972 | Steely Dan
    Track 2 (side one) from the album, "Can't Buy a Thrill" (1972)
  • Steely Dan vs John Lennon: The Feud That Signified the End of The Beatles Era

    01/28/2023 11:27:55 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 124 replies
    Far Out Magazine ^ | SAT 21ST JAN 2023 | Tom Taylor
    “I still believe that love is all you need,” Paul McCartney continues to proclaim, “I don’t know a better message than that.” And yet John Lennon took that love-uber-alles ethos to such an extreme in the 1970s that even his old rose-tinted mate was retorting, “Too many people preaching practices.” So it’s no surprise that the sardonic duo in Steely Dan rolled their eyes when they heard the ‘Smart One’s’ prayer for peace with ‘Imagine’ and a string of pious talk show appearances in the early 1970s. Steely Dan’s bold response to Lennon’s all-white evangelism signified that the prominent days...
  • >Musical Interlude topic for December 2022

    12/02/2022 7:31:59 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 51 replies
    YouTube etc ^ | January 17, 2018 etcetera | Christine Perfect et al
    Christine McVies first solo album released in 1970 under her maiden name.The Legendary Christine PerfectChristine Perfect | kakie0484 | January 17, 2018
  • Musical Interlude topic for October 2022

    10/03/2022 9:52:08 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 77 replies
    YouTube etc ^ | etcetera | Incredible String Band et al
    Audio of a live performance of October Song from the 5th June 1968 at the Fillmore East, New York. Genius!The Incredible String Band - October Song, Live 1968 | makellys | March 8, 2011
  • Musical Interlude topic for July 2022

    07/01/2022 11:12:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 66 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 4, 2013 etcetera | Aaron Watson et al
    The official music video for Aaron Watsons hit song, "July In Cheyenne off his album 'Vaquero'.Aaron Watson‪ - ‬July In Cheyenne (Official Music Video)‬ | December 4, 2013 | Aaron Watson |
  • Steve Jones Doesn't Like Sex Pistols' Music Anymore: "I'd Rather Listen to Steely Dan"

    06/06/2022 12:27:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    Far Out Magazine ^ | FRI 3RD JUN 2022 | Jordan Potter
    Former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones is currently promoting Pistol, the new FX series following the story of his former punk band. However, in two recent interviews, the guitarist has revealed that he doesn’t listen to his old music much these days. He would much sooner find himself listening to Steely Dan than any 1970s punk rock. The topic first came up in an interview with The Telegraph last week. “I never really listen to the Pistols’ music anymore,” Jones admitted. “I’m xxxx tired of it, to be honest with you. I’d rather listen to Steely Dan.” It will come...
  • Pistol Whipped: Living up to the Legend of the Sex Pistols

    06/04/2022 3:49:22 PM PDT · by Twotone · 3 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | June 4, 2022 | Rick McGinnis
    It's inevitable that, sooner or later, some pivotal moment in your life – a cultural or political event that changed what you did or thought – will become history. In that moment you realize not just that (a lot of) time has passed, but that your memory of that moment is wholly subjective, and open to interpretation – or misinterpretation. In my young life, that moment was punk rock, and I was naïve enough to believe for years that it was a wholly subcultural event, and hardly likely one day to become a six-part miniseries streamed by Disney. (If I...
  • The song Steely Dan wrote to mock John Lennon

    03/09/2022 12:46:42 PM PST · by Bullish · 164 replies
    Far Out Magazine ^ | 3/8/22 | Sam Kemp
    Like many of the biggest groups of the early 1970s, Steely Dan grew up under the shadow of The Beatles. When Donald Fagen and Walter Becker came together in 1971, the pioneering group had already been broken up for more than a year. They may have wondered if they had somehow absorbed the ghost of ‘The Fab Four’ and that it was their responsibility to carry the flame in their absence. Indeed, Fagen and Becker intentionally modelled themselves off The Beatles, choosing to emphasise writing and recording than relentless touring. However, Steely Dan could also be highly critical of The...
  • Steely Dan Producer Discusses Firing Don Henley As “Peg” Background Vocalist

    01/14/2022 10:57:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    Interesting gossip out of the classic rock world today: apparently Steely Dan producer Greg Katz once had to fire the Eagles’ Don Henley from tracking vocals on Steely Dan’s 1977 hit “Peg.” And it’s still awkward. Musicians Review 2021: Billionaires' Race To Space Speaking to Ultimate Classic Rock, Katz talked about how both Steely Dan and the Eagles were tight, as they were both managed by Irving Azoff. “In the chorus, the backgrounds are sort of the lead,” Katz said. “It wasn’t like a [usual] background part.” And while the song was originally coming together, Katz and Donald Fagen talked...