Frontier Former Editor

November 22, 2007

Same as it ever was . . . same as it ever was – or musical wanderings

One spring evening 22 years ago, I was sitting in the old Biograph Theater in Richmond, Virginia enjoying a pleasant buzz from the half-gallon milk jug of grapefruit juice and grain that my roomie had brought along to enhance the experience of “Stop Making Sense.”

One of the better concert films of my particular era, even stacked against “The Last Waltz,” I rather enjoyed watching this particular flick. Even though the opening with “Psycho Killer” was fascinating enough, this segment left me walking around the dorm many a drunken night wearing an oversized sportcoat and jerking around as if being shot repeatedly by a large caliber handgun and muttering “same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was . . . ”

More proof that geeky white boys can funk and rock . . .

While sitting at work Tuesday, waiting on hold for some other agent with an infirm grasp of the obvious to help my customer on some issue, I was vegging out momentarily when I realized that the hold muzak had a Steely Dan/Donald Fagen theme and that I was whistling “Green Flower Street.” At once, I realized that the barely post-teen agent in the next cubicle was looking at me like I’d lost my mind, that the muzak was almost worth listening to, and that Steely Dan had achieved cultural trivialization.

And a little side trip with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings . . .

I’m still not exactly in a literarily coherent state these days, but I’m working on it.


  1. Glad you’re back, FFE. And thanks for the vids – I’d never heard of Sharon Jones till now.

    Comment by azahar — November 22, 2007 @ 3:10 am

  2. sharon jones is fantastic

    Comment by nursemyra — November 22, 2007 @ 6:13 am

  3. The David Byrne Psycho Killer moment is an iconic piece of rock theatre, I never tire of it, and thanks for posting some live Dan!!

    Comment by kevmoore — November 22, 2007 @ 9:33 am

  4. The Nightfly lent itself almost too well to the “Elevator from Hell”.
    Though I love SD, Fagen is one strange fucker.
    And Talking Heads?
    I’d have David Byrne’s baby (if I could, that is)

    Comment by ~m — November 26, 2007 @ 10:40 pm

  5. When you’re talking <i?Steely Dan, you’re speaking my language. Fantastic choice.

    Stop Making Sense–I was very young when I first saw this (maybe 9 or 10) and I had no idea what to make of it. (I was pretty sheltered, too.) I liked the music, though. The Talking Heads were artists in the broadest sense of the term. The ‘big suit’ was clever.

    Have you seen True Stories? Very underrated.

    Comment by Soylent Ape — December 5, 2007 @ 10:59 pm

  6. Fa fafafa fa fafa fa
    beter runrunrun runrun awaaaay!

    I never thought that Steely Dan would become elevator music…somebody should sell muzak to unsuspecting malls that is made from AC/DC, Motorhead, oh crap it probably already exists..just add strings and cut the tempo in half…what a world.

    I still love Talking Heads and I think that it is because I am still trying to figure out what the hell the are talking about!

    Comment by homo escapeons — December 6, 2007 @ 12:34 am

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