At last! The STEELY DAN Album-By-Album Thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by ohnothimagen, Sep 8, 2017.

  1. audiotom

    audiotom Ground Control to Major Tom

    New Orleans La USA
    I see where you are going there

    but the Dan enjoyed creating a cast of characters - it would be a lost opportunity and let down to use one twice

    the storyline of an agents from the law is quite frenetically different then a reflective childhood memory

    perhaps tying two different situations "spaced in time" to one character in the same song might be more appropriate
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  2. California Couple

    California Couple Forum Dependent

    Newport Beach
    Now I see your Babylon meaning and that makes perfect sense.

    I have ignored Alive in America because, from what I have heard, no one likes it.
    I look forward to reading up on that one but I am only on page 75 now.
    As for over the top, you should see my Scam lyric post above.
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  3. PretzelLogic

    PretzelLogic Machine wrapped in butter.

    London, England
    Partly- I’d always thought it was a given that there were hostages, otherwise there’s be no negotiators (“with your megaphones/ saying all is forgiven”), just a SWAT team. But he says “I don’t want to shoot no-one”, which to me implies he’s got some very reluctant company in his hideout.

    Today, this song suddenly has a new leading man. I’ll say no more.
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  4. California Couple

    California Couple Forum Dependent

    Newport Beach
    Maybe I was not clear. His memory is where he would spend time as a kid. The agents only show up when he is an adult.
  5. California Couple

    California Couple Forum Dependent

    Newport Beach
    I can see your outlook now. I saw it only as he does not want to hurt anyone on the OUTSIDE who try to come in and get him.
    The dynamite could kill pedestrian passerby's as well as cops.
  6. audiotom

    audiotom Ground Control to Major Tom

    New Orleans La USA
    Owsley Stanley
    Childhood memories
    Reluctant outlaw
    Intergalactic mafia
    Condom capers

    And that's just side one

    This isn't a Pete Townshend concept album
  7. ohnothimagen

    ohnothimagen Thread Starter

    Like I said earlier in the discussion Becker and Fagen would probably scoff heavily at the idea of concept albums and rock operas:laugh:
  8. GeoffC

    GeoffC I'm listening

    I have this TVN promo not sure if anyone has mentioned it.

    Giant PRO-CD-100003 - Interviews/music with DF and WB

    Segment One: (16:14)
    1.1 Two Against Nature
    1.2 What A Shame About Me
    1.3 West Of Hollywood

    Segment Two: (17:22)
    2.1 Cousin Dupree
    2.2 Janie Runaway
    2.3 Jack Of Speed
    2.4 Gaslighting Abbie
    2.5 Negative Girl

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  9. ohnothimagen

    ohnothimagen Thread Starter

    Sunken Condos on Sunday night, followed by a free for all live/odds and ends discussion, at which point we'll have covered it all! Nicely done, folks- almost two months, over 3400 posts and total civility...I like it!:righton:
  10. Paul P.

    Paul P. Forum Resident

    Seattle, WA, USA
    Oh no - I quite like Alive in America, myself. That being said - some of the bootlegs from around that time are amazing as well, and in some ways, have better performances than the ones picked for Alive in America.

    We haven't covered Alive in America yet - we're holding off on discussing it as an organizational move. Going through the studio main & solo releases first, then circling back to compilations, live albums, b-sides, ephemera, etc. @ohnothimagen's posts will always tell you where we are. :)

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  11. Would it be possible to have the occasional summary sheet of links to the start of each album for reference purposes?
  12. Paul P.

    Paul P. Forum Resident

    Seattle, WA, USA
    Well - Becker would. Fagen's done a couple. ;)

  13. WilliamWes

    WilliamWes Forum Resident

    New York
    Thanks for taking the time on this lyric. Great stuff and I agree with all of it. Nice posts from everyone about the lyrics. I still think the Dan must have laughed when they thought of the fans singing along to the radio when the lyrics were so nuts and maybe the fans didn't even know what they were really singing about.
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  14. ohnothimagen

    ohnothimagen Thread Starter

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  15. Galactus2

    Galactus2 Forum Resident

    Frank Zappa once allegedly referred to their music as 'downer surrealism.' I did an article on them once, and not to copy Frank, referred to much of their music as 'singalong pessimism.' We are singing along to some fairly negative stuff, but not everyone stops to analyze it like we music buffs do.
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  16. WilliamWes

    WilliamWes Forum Resident

    New York
    I actually like 'Alive in America' a lot. I always like full concerts better and considering it's their only live release, it would have been better in full, but the version of "Aja" in particular is a big time highlight for me.
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  17. California Couple

    California Couple Forum Dependent

    Newport Beach
    That is Harsh. I do not get that at all. It sounds great to me. And because of the subpar Bright Nightgown, I find Kamakiriad to be Fagan's best album.
  18. California Couple

    California Couple Forum Dependent

    Newport Beach
    Outside of Book Of Liars and the opining track I have never heard it. I will have to listen to it on youtube soon.
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  19. California Couple

    California Couple Forum Dependent

    Newport Beach
    So the connotation here is that the "easy chair" is her, shall we say, Lap?
  20. marc with a c

    marc with a c Forum Resident

    Orlando, FL
    I always heard it as “hey, these are not my fluids”.
  21. California Couple

    California Couple Forum Dependent

    Newport Beach
    California Couple lays their cards on the table
    for everyone to poke fun at.

    1. Do It Again (A)
    2. Dirty Work (A+)
    3. Kings (C+)
    4. Midnight Cruiser (A+)
    5. Only a Fool Would Say That (B+)
    6. Reelin’ in the Years (A)
    7. Fire in the Hole (C)
    8. Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer in Me) (C)
    9. Changing of the Guard (C)
    10. Turn That Heartbeat Over Again (C-)

    1. Bodhisattva (A-)
    2. Razor Boy (A-)
    3. The Boston Rag (A-)
    4. Your Gold Teeth (B)
    5. Show Biz Kids (C-)
    6. My Old School (B)
    7. Pearl of the Quarter (A)
    8. King of the World (A-)

    1. Rikki Don’t Lose That Number (A+)
    2. Night By Night (C+)
    3. Any Major Dude Will Tell You (A-)
    4. Barrytown (D+)
    5. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo (D-)
    6. Parker’s Band (D+)
    7. Through with Buzz (B-)
    8. Pretzel Logic (A+)
    9. With a Gun (C-)
    10. Charlie Freak (C+)
    11. Monkey in Your Soul (B)

    1. Black Friday (B-)
    2. Bad Sneakers (B)
    3. Rose Darling (B)
    4. Daddy Don’t Live in That New York City No More (A)
    5. Doctor Wu (A+)
    6. Everyone’s Gone to the Movies (A-)
    7. Your Gold Teeth II (B)
    8. Chain Lightning (A+)
    9. Any World (That I’m Welcome To) (A-)
    10. Throw Back the Little Ones (B+)

    1. Kid Charlemagne (B)
    2. The Caves of Altamira (B+)
    3. Don’t Take Me Alive (B-)
    4. Sign in Stranger (C+)
    5. The Fez (C.)
    6. Green Earrings (C-)
    7. Haitian Divorce (A)
    8. Everything You Did (C)
    9. The Royal Scam (B+)

    Here At the Western World (A+)

    1. Black Cow (A+)
    2. Aja (A+)
    3. Deacon Blues (A+)
    4. Peg (B+)
    5. Home At Last (B)
    6. I Got the News (D-)
    7. Josie (A)

    1. Babylon Sisters (A+)
    2. Hey 19 (B-)
    3. Glamour Profession (B+)
    4. Gaucho (A+)
    5. Time Out of Mind(B-)
    6. My Rival (A)
    7. Third World Man (A)

    1. Gaslighting Abbie (C+)
    2. What a Shame About Me (D)
    3. Two Against Nature (C+)
    4. Janie Runaway (B+)
    5. Almost Gothic (A-)
    6. Jack of Speed (B+)
    7. Cousin Dupree (C+)
    8. Negative Girl (C+)
    9. West of Hollywood (A+)

    1. The Last Mall (C-)
    2. Thing’s I Miss the Most (B-)
    3. Blues Beach (A+)
    4. Godwhacker (B)
    5. Slang of Ages (B)
    6. Green Book (A+)
    7. Pixeleen (A)
    8. Lunch With Gina (A+)
    9. Everything Must Go (C+)



    1. I.G.Y. (A+)
    2. Green Flower Street (C)
    3. Ruby Baby (C-)
    4. Maxine (C-)
    5. New Frontier (A)
    6. The Nightfly (A+)
    7. The Goodbye Look (C)
    8. Walk Between Raindrops (C)

    1. Trans-Island Skyway (A)
    2. Countermoon (B-)
    3. Springtime (B-)
    4. Snowbound (A)
    5. Tomorrow’s Girls (A)
    6. Florida Room (A-)
    7. On the Dunes (A+)
    8. Teahouse on the Tracks (A)

    1. Morph the Cat (A)
    2. H Gang (B)
    3. What I Do (B)
    4. Bright Nightgown (C)
    5. The Great Pagoda of Fun (A)
    6. Security Joan (A)
    7. The Night Belongs to Mona (A)
    8. Mary Shut the Garden Door (B)
    9. Morph the Cat (Reprise) (A)

    1. Slinky Thing (C+)
    2. I’m Not the Same Without You (C)
    3. Memorabilia (C)
    4. Weather in My Head (B-)
    5. The New Breed (B-)
    6. Out of the Ghetto(C-)
    7. Miss Marlene (C-)
    8. Good Stuff (C-)
    9. Planet D’Rhonda (A-)


    1. Down in the Bottom (A)
    2. Junkie Girl (A+)
    3. Surf and/or Die (B-)
    4. Book of Liars (A+)
    5. Lucky Henry (C)
    6. Hard Up Case (C)
    7. Cringemaker (B)
    8. Girlfriend (A-)
    9. My Waterloo (C)
    10. This Moody Bastard (C)
    11. Hat Too Flat (C-)
    12. Little Kawai (B-)

    1. Door Number Two (B-)
    2. Downtown Canon (A-)
    3. TBob Is Not Your Uncle Anymore (B+)
    4. Upside Looking Down (B-)
    5. Paging Audrey (A+)
    6. Circus Money (C)
    7. Selfish Genie (C+)
    8. Do You Remember the Name (C)
    9. Somebodies Saturday Night (C+)
    10. Darkling Down (C)
    11. God’s Eye View (C+)
    12. Three Picture Deal (B)
    13. Dark Horse Dub (A)

    (thanks to WW for the template)
  22. Musicisthebest

    Musicisthebest Forum Resident

    Manchester, UK
    Apologies if this has already been pointed out in this monster thread but does anyone else think that the title track of Everything Must Go has a strong resemblance to Donald's Big Noise New York?
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  23. ohnothimagen

    ohnothimagen Thread Starter

    Sunken Condos in about an hour.

    I am actually going to have to dig around and find my old Alive In America CDR...listened to that album exactly once!:laugh:
  24. ohnothimagen

    ohnothimagen Thread Starter

    Okay, an hour and fifteen minutes...sue me if I audit too long:laugh:

    Wiki sez:
    Sunken Condos is the fourth solo album from Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen, released in October 2012 through Reprise Records. It contains eight new songs and a cover of Isaac Hayes' "Out of the Ghetto". Fagen began recording the album in 2010 and described it as having a lighter feel than his earlier work, rather than being a continuation of his Nightfly trilogy.

    On September 17, Rolling Stone posted a full-length preview of the song "I'm Not the Same Without You". The song charted at number 28 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 in October 2012. It also entered the official UK album chart at number 23 on October 21 and number 12 on the Billboard 200, becoming his highest charting solo album since 1993.

    Critical response
    The album was listed at No. 25 on Rolling Stone's list of the top 50 albums of 2012. The magazine stated that "the music is deceitfully lush, a snazzy cascade of rock, R&B and swing, with production as costly as a Santa Monica beach house." [19] They also named the song "Weather in My Head" the 21st best song of 2012.

    Fagen appeared on Late Show with David Letterman and performed "Weather in My Head" to promote the album.

    Track listing
    (All songs by Donald Fagen, except where noted)

    1. "Slinky Thing" – 5:12
    2. "I'm Not the Same Without You" – 4:31
    3. "Memorabilia" – 4:14
    4. "Weather in My Head" – 5:29
    5. "The New Breed" – 4:35
    6. "Out of the Ghetto" (Isaac Hayes) – 4:54
    7. "Miss Marlene" – 4:43
    8. "Good Stuff" – 4:54
    9. "Planet D'Rhonda" – 5:35
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