A sixth "sense" could be proprioception, the perception of body position, which is important for balance and agility in movement. "If you're feeling lucky you'd best not refuse/ It's your game, the rules are your own, win or lose" He's no longer a victim in a tawdry drama, but has realized his own power, and obligation, to play the game his way. A turnstyle, is a form of gate which allows one person to pass at a time, usually in transit situations. Steely Dan is an American rock band founded in 1972 by core members Walter Becker (guitars, bass, backing vocals) and Donald Fagen (keyboards, lead vocals). If you haven't heardhim, close me out immediately, go buy anything he's done, and when you're saturated meet me back here. The masters for this recording have been lost, with a significant reward for anyone who can come up with another. 'Iron' indicates one's strength, 'Brass' their weakness. In music, syncopation involves a variety of rhythms which are in some way unexpected which make part or all of a tune or piece of music off-beat. A town in California, south-west of Hollywood most notable for being the original location of MGM Studios. Skeevy is a slang term meaning "shady or unsavoury". 'An indispensable compendium for Steely Dan fans' The Wire At its core a creative marriage between Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, Steely Dan are one of the defining and bestselling American rock acts of the last half-century, recording several of the cleverest and best-produced albums of the '70s - from the breathlessly catchy Can't Buy a Thrill to the sleekly sinister Gaucho. Dahlia is a genus of bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial plants native to Mexico. Medication used to relieve moderate to severe pain, belonging to a class of drugs known as opioid (narcotic) analgesics. This paradoxical relationship between promising dreams and discouraging truths is brought out in the lyrics of the song. 'Den' is a small room in a house where people can pursue activities in private. Through their signature use of complex harmonies, syncopated rhythms, and classic timbral tone, Steely Dan created a sophisticated and distinctive sound combining elements of funk, jazz & rock and creating a fantastic cocktail of colourful & groovy music. What I do know is that Steely Dan profoundly effected and affected my life. It made the US Top 40 that year when released as a single, a success relative to the film. William & Mary is a high end college in Williamsburg, Virginia. The film also stars Richard Pryor in an early role playing his signature "wino" character, and actor/director Robert Downey Sr. Future film director Wes Craven, then working at a New York City post-production company, made his professional feature debut as the film's editor. Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in Rockefeller Center in New York City. I recall strolling through LSU’s Quadrangle late one night and as I glanced over to see the library, I noticed that someone had spray painted on the concrete wall fronting the building, in large capital letters, “I’M LESTER THE NIGHTFLY HELLO BATON ROUGE.” I chuckled to myself thinking that at least this vandal’s got good taste in music." Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, a pebble's throw from Portland. Fagen and Becker attended Bard College in the 60's. This technique was introduced to the world by female spanish porn star Rebecca Linares which currently is the only one to perform it, making it her trade mark. What Jack appears to do again and again is making a mess of his life in a country that is supposedly a "land of milk and honey". Covering Action means that someone is covering or taking your bet. Fagen and Becker drafted even more giants of the jazz world including Joe Sample, Wayne Shorter and Tom Scott to execute their increasingly complex songs. When I think of Steely Dan lyrically, I think of subjects such as drugs, prostitution, sexual perversion, gambling, ill-conceived relationships, mental illness, etc.etc. Do you for one moment think Donny had the slightest idea what he was singing? He does things in anger (first stanza), makes bad decision in relationships (middle stanzas) and starts gambling (final stanza). "Pawn my crown and move uptown." Elevator Shoes also known as Stacked Heals were high platform shoes that were fashionable during the 70's. "Katy Lied" is released in March 1975 to critical raves, but the closest thing to a hit single is "Black Friday" which reaches the #37. Evocative of Alzheimer's, the disease that numbed Fagen's mother's mind? “That one represents the personification of a kind of demonic obsession,” Donald Fagen. In fact, eerily so (see my analysis of Glamour Profession). The narrative for “Teahouse On The Tracks” where our traveling hero of the Kamakiraid story lands in dismal Flytown where he must decide whether to bail out or to rally and continue moving into the unknown. "New Frontier" follows a "gawky teenager" inviting a girl back to his family's backyard fallout shelter for a private gathering. In addition, there are a good amount of transcriptions out there of Steely Dan material. This book on this guy was that he was so busy running around the world fighting the Crusades (remember, “the sun never sets on the British Empire”), that he was hardly ever home. When completed in 2005, Chelsea Tower was the fifth-tallest building in the city. The term 'until my ship comes in' translates to 'until ones' fortune is made. The lines in the song 'Lonnie was the kingpin back in 1965' and 'Lonnie swallowed up all he found/ It was forty-eight hours till Lonnie came around' refer to Lonnie Yongue, Fagen's roommate at Bard. Pronounced: [vule vu]; French for "Do you want?". Trading fours is jazz technique in which musicians consistently alternate brief solos of 4 bars. Many Steely Dan classics were performed by Becker/Fagan and others in the New York Rock and Soul Review which toured in the early 90's. In the studio, Jones contributed vocals to Steely Dan's Countdown to Ecstasy. “H Gang,” an all-girl band that’s ever ready “for a kick fight.” I’m intrigued by this miniature movie in words and music. Notice they "throw back" the little ones, but don't toss'em in the trash. The setting is a boarding school and "Snake Mary" is the woman assigned to watch over the boy's after curricular activites. The Dreaming, also called dream-time, or world dawn Australian Aboriginal languages altjira, altjiranga, alcheringa, wongar, or djugurba, mythological period of time that had a beginning but no foreseeable end, during which the natural environment was shaped and humanized by the actions of mythic beings. The second verse is a warning to others like himself. Jane Street in NYC runs east to west from Greenwich Avenue to West Street straight to the Hudson River. I was conscious, as I grew older, of the way my mother dressed and looked, and how her whole image became more and more plasticized as the ’50s wore on – the way her hair looked, and the change from cotton into various polymers. Despite the lack of a hit single, "Countdown" receives excellent reviews and spawns such radio favorites as "Bodhisattva" and "My Old School", with the latter becoming a classic encore sing-along for their live shows in the 90's. Becker & Fagen describe this as "a 'vacuous historical romance.' Tracer ammunition (tracers) are bullets or cannon caliber projectiles that are built with a small pyrotechnic charge in their base. A 'flat cap', often called a Jeff Cap, is a rounded cap with a small stiff brim in front. Is a resort in many States, a spot on the narrators' road trip. But is that accurate? 'Hats and Hooters' are celebratory paper hats and and small mouth played noise makers. The outwardly hopeful yet internally disenchanted aura that marks the song represents a society's aspirations of greatness while also reflecting a deeper understanding of the imperfection inherent in reality. 'Metroplex' is a very large metropolitan area, especially one that is an aggregation of two or more cities, it is also the name applied to more than one movie theater housed in the same building. Theories as to what this song means: Take your pick of a troubled relationship, an ode to self-doubt, a commentary on nightlife, a reference to Hindu culture (cows are sacred), or it could be about Thelonious Monk, the American jazz composer who is often regarded as the father of bebop. This is pretty left field, but when I listen to this song, I feel like a fly on the wall at a Steely recording session, where a hapless musician is trying to keep up and figure out what his taskmasters want of him. Implying that a woman is like a mosquito, spreading Yellow Fever, which is a viral disease of typically short duration. Zombie is a type of alcoholic cocktail, which despite the name (and association with the song), seems to have originated not in Haiti, but in California. thermasuits are form fitting plastic-like apparel, looking almost robotic. In most places it is illegal to drink openly in public, but not to keep the bottle in a paper bag, drinking and not displaying. Fifty-second Street in New York City was a hotbedof innovative jazz in the fifties. It also includes a great write up on the Mu Major chord, which creates that signature "Dan" sound. 'Twenty Four Seven' means 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The songs that don't quite pan-out because the songwriting or production is not quite what they wanted or were lookg for are tossed aside, while the "keepers" get the full Dan production values and treatment. There are trains, busses, and even boats, but the most reliable form of transport in Boston is also probably its most famed: the T, or, the Blue, Orange, Red, Silver, and Green lines. He wrote a paper on the topic in the early 1990's which caught the eye of lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Pushing the button is to push the figurative button that would launch a nuclear missile attack. Gramercy Park is a small, fenced-in private park and the surrounding neighborhood that is referred to also as Gramercy, in the New York City. But then I could be wrong; I don't even know if they grow tobacco in Peking. Martha's 'Vineyard' is an island located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts that is known for being an affluent summer colony. Charlie Parker was known as 'Bird' or 'Birdie' and 'taking flight' meant that he was soaring with his solo. Sheena Easton was a singer of major success who threw lavish parties. 'Freaks' was a name given to those with long hair, those who were counter-culture. Fagen's mother was a child singer in the Catskills. "FM " is a song by American jazz-rock band Steely Dan, the title theme for the 1978 film FM. The songs that become the "Countdown to Ecstasy" album, released in July 1973, thus are more stretched-out, as they are in the live settings of the time. Vee Jay Records bought it and had one of their members, Eugene Dixon, change his name to Gene Chandler and take credit for it. During the time of this album's release, there were was a new influx of restaurants known as 'salad bars', so people would have a salad for lunch, then hit the beach for some healthy sun. Fagen: Without getting into what happened to America after World War II, I lived in New Jersey, one of the first states to really start that kind of development – cars and malls. 'Limbo' is a traditional popular dance contest that was known to be originated on the island of Trinidad. Steely Dan, more aptly Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, were the consummate storytellers, unabashed liars, and all consuming reflections of themselves and of the times in which the band lived. If you remember your musical history, there’s a piece by Claude Debussy entitled “The Submerged Cathedral” published in 1910 revolving around harmony and content, so in a sense he updated that concept and came face to face with “Sunken Condos” (with condos being the cathedrals of our time), which could be appreciated on different levels. Now, when a writer or poet refers to the "fin de siecle," he's usually referring to the decadent, bohemian life of artistes and disaffected types in the Paris subculture. Steely Dan had TONS of disguised drug lyrics and references in their songs. One day they got in a fight, and he came up with that line. Such establishments came into prominence in the United States during the Prohibition era. There’s so much more to it. 88 is also the number of keys on a piano. William Wright (born October 22, 1930) is an American author, editor and playwright. The only constant members of Steely Dan, Becker and co-conspirator Donald Fagen created some of the most lyrical intelligent, musically intricate, and sonically impeccable albums of the past 40 years. 'Highwayman' is a robber, taking his spoils from those on the road. The Lincoln Town Car is a model line of full-size luxury sedans that was marketed by the Lincoln division of the American automaker Ford Motor Company from 1981 to 2011. 'Magnolia Boulevard' is a street in Burbank, Los Angeles, California. Fagen had been a science fiction fan since he was a kid and had once belonged to a sci-fi book club. Steely Dan are a unique jazz-rock combo who instead of blending hard rock with cutting-edge jazz instead combine the conventions of smooth jazz and soft rock, with their quirky, sardonic sense of humour and exceptional virtuosity saving the mixture from becoming overly saccharine or cheesy. Yet still, he would take out his violin and play along with the band during their set, and was relentlessly known for piping in Dylan's "Visions Of Johann" throughout the sound system prior to the shows, with Fagen and Becker claiming that this line referenced 'that' stupid song. …”Deacon Blues”, I think contains a hidden earnestness. It's another book to meditate on. Categories: Artist, Obscure, Guide, Humor, [List542256] | | +88 | Log in to suggest an addition. It is one of many popular drinks served in New Orleans. After the pot-bust, Fagen's upper-class girlfriend found herself in jail along with common prostitutes (working girls). It's a very saccharine sounding track with a very cynical lyric. A reference to Hooter (A can of bar-restaurants with big breasted scantly clad young women) girls, who may perhaps turn a few tricks once the crowd thins out. Across their nine studio albums, they've released more than 80 songs, 10 of which were Top 40 hits, including such FM radio staples as "Reelin' in the Years," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" and "Hey Nineteen." Engineer Roger "The Immortal" Nichols & Disembodied Hand ... Walter Becker had a deep connection to the 60's psychedelic underground band Spirit, who also infused their music with jazz. In this song the girl meets somebody who leads another kind of life, and she's attracted to it. With feelings of deep regret on hearing that Charlie died, the narrator puts the valued ring back on Charlies finger. Reset your passwordClick the eye to show your password. Fagen's mother met her husband while working in the office of a hat maker. "The Royal Scam" also features "The Fez," the only Steely Dan song with a third credited writer, Paul Griffin, who also plays organ on the song. Donald Fagen is born in Passaic, New Jersey on January 10, 1948. The 'Wheel' is short for Roulette Wheel, a gambling game. (No Static At All) was one of Steely Dan's greatest songs ever, showing up on the movie soundtrack "F.M. Who is the "boy with a plan"? 'Jones' means she desires the real deal, and will do just about anything for it. Long before the term came to denote the shopping frenzy on the day after Thanksgiving, Steely Dan released this song about the original "Black Friday," when on Friday, September 24, 1869 a failed ploy left many wealthy investors broke. Is he singing about the graveyard where all musicians are headed in this world of corporate bands? The album produced three hit singles. With the Dan sound it's all about the VOICINGS of those great chords -what instruments get which notes to play and when—that form what we hear and call the Steely Dan Sound. 'Popped' means that he shot them both, and 'ankled' means that he ran downtown. "Groovin' High" and "Relaxin' at Camarillo" referto Bird tunes, the latter also to a California institution in which hespent some time. A rebus is an allusional device that uses pictures to represent words or parts of words. It's one of Steely Dan's lesser-known compositions. With the ability to attract session men like Carlton on guitar and Chuck Rainey on bass, Becker scales back his own performance on the albums. Fordham Road is a major street in the Bronx borough of New York City that runs east-west from the Harlem River to Bronx Park. The duo use ambiguous lyrics, sarcasm, and irony to create a social commentary about how movie production companies sell out artistically to produce flashy blockbusters. A couple of very drugged out brothers/junkies rob the narrator. Crossing (cross-breeding) or fusing a diamond and a pearl, is to mix two things of great value, in this case it was to enhance and make the effects of LSD even more special. 'Spangle is a small thin piece of glittering material, typically used in quantity to ornament a dress, a sequin, though in this case it's a highly lighted sparkling area. That doesn't change the fact that the music is great! Big thanks to Lilly for sharing this with me. Creating a Steely Dan list is a huge undertaking. And I realized that malls were their cities. Castle Bravo was the first in a series of high-yield thermonuclear weapon design tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, as part of Operation Castle, detonated on March 1, 1954. The album produced three hit singles. And there are other key lines like, 'I havenever met Napoleon/ But I plan to find the time.' "My Old School", an homage to their days at Bard, also does not fare well as a single and peaks at #63. “What A Shame About Me” has rich narrative recounting a conversation between the former lovers, cast very much like a real-life chat but set to fluid prose. "Happy Day" is a religious song of exuberance, so calling a bus that ushers a punk band of wild women around is sort of tongue in check. Steely Dan - All the facts and hidden meanings from a band who changed how I listened to music ... by Jenell Kesler. "Use tact, poise, and reason, and gently squeeze them." 'Katrina' was a hurricane that wiped out New Orleans on August 23rd 2005. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry, and serve. In radio and television, broadcast delay is an intentional delay when broadcasting live material. Lindy's is a deli and restaurant with two locations in Manhattan, New York City, at 825 7th Avenue (at 53rd Street) and 401 7th Avenue (at 32nd Street). 'Walking between raindrops' is similar to 'dodging bullets,' meaning that one is avoiding disaster by a small margin, or perhaps having great fortune in that you can walk through the rain and not get wet. That is, to juxtapose a rather bitter lyric against rather sweet music. This song is based on the epic novel The Odyssey by Homer. The Caroline Islands are a widely scattered archipelago consisting of about 500 small coral islands, north of New Guinea and east of the Philippines. The end result, "Aja", is released in September 1977 and features their longest and jazziest compositions to date. It's impossible to note the history of Steely Dan without mentioning early vocalist David Palmer, and he did lay down some great numbers, though he really wasn't what Fagen and Becker were looking for. Someone's always pushing you a little harder than you're ready for. Originally, the term jazz dance encompassed any dance done to jazz music, including both tap dance and jitterbug ... and of course, if one can make a Preacher dance, then the music was sincerely swinging. There is no station in all of America with the call letters WJAZ. A 'Cuban Breeze is a drink created by pouring vodka and creme de almond into a hurricane glass filled with ice cubes. My Interpretation I have read "homages to the 70s and 80s", but never seen a real analysis of this song. A reference to Lou Reed's song "Walk On The Wild Side," meaning that it's time to be real, time to be sober. “Reelin’ in the Years” (from 1972’s Can’t Buy a Thrill) The most straightforward rock’n’roll song Steely … Becker, "I think what television and video games do is reminiscent of drug addiction. This is the only known image of Bernice Pearl Wolfe, mother of Randy California, born July 5th 1928 and died June 5th 2009, the woman who taught Walter Becker how to play guitar. So perhaps it's best to simply acknowledge David, and let him pass. Since both of them were avid readers of 1950's "Beat" literature, they decided to name the band "Steely Dan" after a dildo in William Burroughs' "Naked Lunch.". KLH was anAmerican manufacturer of a well regarded series of FM radios, speakers and turntables in the 1950s and 60s, and of course Coltrane is the jazz musician John Coltrane. What a great song of longing by someone who wants to fly to a world where he actually will fit in. Daily News is a New York newspaper … in other words, jesting, don't believe all you read. Possible double meaning, 'Yellow Stripe' means one is a coward, it could also be a reference to a stripe of rank. A Glock is a plastic semi-auto handgun, a mini-Glock is a Glock 26. The SS Andrea Doria was an ocean liner for the Italian Line most famous for her sinking in 1956, when 46 people were killed. Teen is certainly short for teenager, thus ultra-teen would suggest a teen with super abilities. A dress so tight it defines all the curves, leaving little to the imagination. It is created by gathering the hair in one hand and twisting the hair upwards until it turns in on itself against the head. This song is about recalling times with a girlfriend and a romantic breakup. This is where the songs makes a sharp turn, and one is presented by the usage of the word 'dear' that the narrator is referring to a woman. More than oddly enough, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, who played guitar on many of Steely Dan's records, is a self-taught expert on mobile missile defense systems. The final verse reveals that the runaway intends to bring along another female for a menage a trois or escapade ("Who has a friend named Melanie, who's not afraid to try new things?") Howard Wright has done a nice analysis on Steely Dan. The draw of Van Gogh’s life was enough to get my butt in the seat because I love his work, and the novelty of the animation was worth the price of admission sight unseen. He is, after all, still holding it. Revolver? Well-established traditional Italian eatery & piano bar in New York City. "A dizzy weekend"probably refers to Dizzy Gillespie, who played with Bird. 'Plantain' is a southern fruit, like a banana. "What I Do" is a conversation between some younger version of Donald Fagen and the ghost of Ray Charles", which finds Ray advising Don to "find your bad self" in order to emulate his success with the ladies. Steely Dan’s songs rely heavily on one or another of lilting sing-song choruses, ubiquitous 70s Rhodes piano (truly the paragon of offensive inoffensiveness), stiff white funk and, at times, even the slightly fey use of pseudo-exotic textures (bongos, light bossa nova rhythms, fake sitar, etc.). This soundtrack includes some of the earliest released music by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. It could also include perception of stimuli from within the body, such as pain, hunger, or thirst. Despite the fact that California has not (yet) tumbled into the sea, where Fegan and Becker had gone to write songs for ABC Records they both had returned to Bard. Some Things You May Not Have Known About Steely Dan ... Donald Jay Fagen, born the 10th of January 1948 in Passaic, New Jersey. In 'Dr. These winds signaled the beginning of 'Fire Season' in California. Labor Day is a public holiday or day of festivities held in honor of working people, in the US and Canada on the first Monday in September. References the old fashion of souping up VW Beetles with huge tires. A 'Pay Phone" is a public telephone that is operated by coins or by a credit or prepaid card. However, the song is NOT in any way shape or form about marijuana. The repeated refrain sung by the female backing singers says, "You go to Lost Wages, Lost Wages," sung to sound vaguely like "Las Vegas." The phrase 'The Fellow In The Bright Nightgown' refers to death, and the song’s lyrics discuss a child’s near-death experience and the visit from that unwelcome guest. 'The song is just a bunch of things that the guy and his wife had coming to them, you know, for the indignities that they had suffered living in Brooklyn, living downtime on the stoop and just shooting the shit about the Mets and that kind of thing to any passers by and neighbors willing to listen for twenty years or so. An A-shaped house or building, typically having triangular front and rear walls and a roof reaching to the ground. A-Fram was a A shaped house. Why the step away from digital? Go-Go Boots where fashionable in the 60's and early 70's, about 9 inches in height. George Weinberg (1901 – January 29, 1939) was a New York mobster and, with brother Abraham Weinberg, an associate of Dutch Schultz as a mob accountant during the 1920s and 1930s. Page is an outdated an electronic device, usually worn on one's person, that receives messages and signals the user by beeping or vibrating. This line is a play on the words 'Turn On', meaning to drop (to take) LSD, though Fagan and Becker saw acid as menacing, thus phrasing it as 'Turned it (loose) on the world'. Becker and Fagen, along with their girlfriends, were arrested in a pot party raid that was orchestrated by an ambitious young District Attorney named G. Gordon Liddy. 'Jungle Music' was slang for rock n' roll. She isn't going to divorce her husband, so she cuckolds him with her undercover lover, who knows that sometime or other they're going to have to pay the piper for their fun. Southland references the southern States. Miss Denise Fugazy, whose great‐grandfather, Louis Fu Gazy, founded the Fugazy Travel Bureau in 1870, married Vito A. Luciani the mobster. This is a song about people from Puerto Rico who immigrated to New York in the '50s and '60s hoping to secure the American Dream only to find discrimination and hate from the native population. An 'ax' is a guitar. The Kamakiri has a link with a fictitious satellite called Tripstar, which is a routing satellite that helps him find his destination. Rome is the center of the Catholic universe, so to pray like a Roman is to sincerely pray, though this expression is all tongue in cheek, meaning that Josie can parties like no one's ever seen. In German, the Gretchenfrage (question by Gretchen), derived from Faust, is an idiom for a direct question that aims at the core of a problem and that should reveal the intentions and mindset of the questionee. 'Buckaroo' is a cowboy, or in this case, little kids. After leading the group The Bead Game, Hodder joined the formative lineup of Steely Dan and appeared on their first three albums, where he also held down duties as vocalist and backup singer. The narrator indulges his fantasy acting out a scenario in which the narrator imagines himself to be Frank Sinatra in 1959, with Janie as a showgirl that Sinatra seduces. Somewhat surprisingly, however, time slowly rehabilitated Steely Dan and they are now regarded primarily in … The question is usually inconvenient to the questionee since he or she shall confess to something crucial he or she was intentionally or unintentionally vague about before. A tendency to look at and have sexual thoughts about other people while already in a romantic relationship. There’s a measure of reinforcement and a behavioral loop. Al Gore ran for President, and is a strong environment advocate. Bone Dancing (fucking) is to be engaged in sexual intercourse. 'Off the Hook' means that the dress was 'out of sight', something being so "fresh" and "new" that its literally right off the store shelf. Means that the cash was spent to alter Charlies state of mind. The word 'snake' is a term of endearment.. On men it's the sexy muscle that guys get that runs down in a V shape from their hips. This album is released in March, 1974 and spawns their biggest hit, "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" which reaches #3 in March 1974. Barrytown is the headquarters for the Unification Church, which is a controversial religious organization led by Sun Myung Moon. Another consideration of the age difference here, with Fagen thinking he's a reptile, a dinosaur, someone too old for this beautiful young girl. The 'baion', is syncopated with the “and” of beat two tied to the quarter-note on beat three, apply this rhythm to a simple triad, and you now have one of the most popular riffs in history. A 'Spanish Kiss' is a blow job technique where the giving end places his/her lips at the tip of the penis exactly as it would do when blowing a kiss and then proceeds to suck the head in hard and fast for a couple times after popping the penis head. Camarillo is a comfortable over-stuffed lounge Chair, often reclinable men in a book by Jorge Luis.. 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