24 Nov 2012

Donald Fagen Interview...

Came across this little nugget from SongFacts.com, and I suggest you all check it out.  It's an interview with Donald Fagen, one half (with Walter Becker) of Steely Dan.

Link to SongFacts.com Donald Fagen Interview

Steely Dan (a band, not a bloke, named after a dildo in The Naked Lunch) are a kind of fusion Jazz R&B group, who write singularly wonderful songs, full of rich harmonies, intricate melodies, and often darkly comic lyrics.  Plus they can knock out a really catchy toon, folks.

Not the prettiest pair, but they did write the sublime "Rikki Don't Lose That Number"


As with anything that's come from a jazz beginning, they do sometimes straddle the line between edgy and wanky... but I think they always manage to stay on the right side of it.  Some people don't - their most celebrated album, Aja, is not the easiest in the world to listen to, for example.  My favourite albums are Pretzel Logic (1974), Goucho (1984) and the more recent Two Against Nature (2000), but any of them are worth a listen.  You youngsters out there will no doubt have heard their track The Fez sampled in All Saints' I Know Where It's At, and it's also become an unofficial anthem for Matt Smith's portrayal of Doctor Who...

So yeah, Steely Dan - one of those bands that are worth investing a bit of listening time in. 


They're also very amusing chaps.  If you don't believe me, have a read of this letter they sent to Wes Anderson about writing a theme song for The Darjeeling Limited...



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