Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Chemically altered, Jun 23, 2022.
A very unique group and one of my favorites, but are there other artists who are similar?
You can find groups that have a "sound" like them, but they're lyrically unique. I usually don't pay attention to lyrics unless they're terrible, but I love Steely Dan's lyrics.
Not a one.
( BTW, that’s a BIG wink to a related group. )
They are a freak of nature in the best way possible.
It's only a matter of time before they get mentioned, so: Boz Scaggs, Toto and Michael Franks.
Michael Franks / Steely Dan
All your answers are here....
The most Steely Dan song without officially being Steely Dan is...
If Steely Dan was a European art movie, Toto would be its Hollywood remake. It can be entertaining but something definitely gets lost in the process...
Chicago‘s early period is kinda similar.
Nope, none I can think of. Not even the many UK bands in the 80s who had the "Steely Dan influence" mentioned in dispatches.
Some of Destroyer’s work sounds a bit like later Steely Dan. It has the slick, sophisticated sound, jazzy touches, and juxtaposition of catchy melodies with cryptically sardonic lyrics. His album Kaputt is very good.
haven't come across it yet, maybe they haven't been born yet
I once suggested to an ex-boss that he check out Steely Dan's music. He replied, "Steely Dan? That's like Toto." So I never brought up the Dan again.
None that I can think of but you may like this:
I believe Steely Dan exists in its own singular category. And even though I thoroughly enjoy Becker and Fagen's solo albums, they are close at times, but never really achieve the same synergy that the Dan produced.
As was mentioned earlier in the thread, the lyrics are a real differentiator in the equation.
One act I'll mention although I know most will disagree - Seals & Crofts. Different in that their lyrics had a moralistic tone quite unlike Steely Dan, but they were also more musically skilled than most acts of their time, and used many of the same A-list L.A. studio musicians who played with Steely Dan, including the Toto guys.
If a student liked Steely Dan and asked for another somewhat similar artist to explore, I'd probably advise mid-period Joni Mitchell, when she was at her jazziest: COURT & SPARK, HISSING OF SUMMER LAWNS, HEJIRA, DON JUAN'S RECKLESS DAUGHTER . . .
we cannot clone a pair of 60s geeky weirdos (with all due respect) who can ironically crank out song after song with indeterminable meaning, probably something to do with the darkest side of underground, drugs, dangerous babes and that whole 70s vibe.
Nobody is much like Steely Dan. Trying to find a similar act is a wild goose chase. You can find some with a few superficial similarities, but in the end there's nobody like Becker and Fagen.
Fortunately, I've listened to them a LOT over the years (I started by buying the 45 of Do It Again right after I heard it on the radio) and I'm still not tired of them.
David Crosby's work with his son James Raymond
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