Frontier Former Editor

August 9, 2008

Dueling Steely Dan

Filed under: cool stuff, music, old times, Steely Dan — Tags: , , , , , , , — Frontier Former Editor @ 11:00 pm

I’m sorry, but I have to laugh at youngsters these days who think groups with suggestively-title songs and oblique, bawdy names are somehow offensive and subversive. One of my all-time favorite groups – even at age 46 – is named after a dildo mentioned in a book by America’s greatest dope fiend . . . . yes, I’m talkin’ bout Steely Dan.

My good friend ~M (not to be confused with a child killer played by Peter Lorre) and I exchange our online Dan finds from time to time. Since he raised my live Dan with this classic, I’ll see his and raise with . . . .

Top that, you little bastards . . .


  1. Dias plays his ass off on this.
    I wonder what he’s doing these days?
    Awesome vid, my friend.
    A perfect ending to my Saturday night of blogging.
    I shall go to bed a happy man.

    Comment by michaelm — August 9, 2008 @ 11:54 pm

  2. He’s a computer programmer now:

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — August 10, 2008 @ 3:42 am

  3. I can’t understand a single word. Am I supposed to?

    Comment by sledpress — August 10, 2008 @ 9:15 pm

  4. BTW, I’m now curious about the book reference. William S. Burroughs, I presume? Which one?

    I’ve known my share of guys who were dildoes or dildii or whatever the correct plural might be, but it’s refreshing when they are, so to speak, up front with it.

    Comment by sledpress — August 12, 2008 @ 5:40 pm

  5. ‘Naken Lunch,’ m’dear . . .

    Or was it ‘Theme from Shaft’?

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — August 12, 2008 @ 9:53 pm

  6. I just realized I haven’t had a copy of “Naked Lunch” in my hands (on my fork?) since I was a teenager, which is a chilling thought. And all I can remember now is the rhapsodic description of some Moroccan boy’s jade-like ass. If I ever saw an ass that looked like any color of jade I’d run like hell.

    Comment by sledpress — August 13, 2008 @ 7:12 am

  7. Many gays in the Vietnamese community wear jade chokers around their necks. Now I understand why.

    Comment by Stiletto — August 16, 2008 @ 1:20 pm

  8. It amazes me how few of the players in Steely Dan were actually members of the band. Don’t get me wrong, I love Steely Dan’s work for the first eight years of their career. But this group was dependent on outside talent to give flavor to their best songs.

    Comment by tgoodloe — July 25, 2010 @ 11:37 am

    • Fair point, but Fagen and Becker managed to pull together consistently interesting and often superior albums with those differing lineups. I’m no huge fan of Michael McDonald, but Fagen made good use of him in ‘Aja.’ Given the thematic and style differences in ‘Katy Lied,’ ‘The Royal Scam,’ ‘Aja,’ ‘Gaucho’ and ‘Two Against Nature,’ I’d say that the lyrical and musical consistency of excellence suggests a willingness to evolve and maintain an individual (assuming Fagen and Becker as a single entity for argument’s sake even as they took their own directions at times) vision.

      In a simplistic comparison, Tony Bennett in his renewed popularity rarely used the same lineup of musicians.

      Regardless of how we see it, though, Steely Dan has been strong musically. Especially in their first 8 years . . . .

      Comment by Frontier Former Editor — July 25, 2010 @ 9:14 pm

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