The Dan flip words around here for implication, nevertheless, Duchess was a play preformed on Broadway that lasted for 24 shows in October of 1911. 'Sutton Place is a neighbourhood in New York City, located in midtown Manhattan, alongside the East River. The result was STP, and it burned out more than a few people's brains. 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. Pushing the button is to push the figurative button that would launch a nuclear missile attack. In other words, it’s really about getting older and maybe facing some of the realities of life, while musically structuring all of those things … at the time, Fagen was sixty-four. Even parties have rules, though when having too much fun, those rules were made to be broken. There's no symbolism or anything, we never use puns. I see the "monkey in your soul" as Mr. Fagen & Becker's obsession with the perfect sound "monkey" is often used to referto an addiction. Freaks are the hippies who loved his perfect LSD. 'Tight' means that they had been drinking. In the United States, the type of rooms described by the term den varies considerably by region. "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. “On the Dunes” is the dour moment of Kamakiriad, about a heartbreak, a kind of homicide, as our hero stood and watched his happiness drift outwards with the tide. 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.). 'Freaks' was a name given to those with long hair, those who were counter-culture. 'Green Flower Street' is a reference to the similarly titled “Green Dolphin Street,” a song from the 1947 Lana Turner movie of the same name that Miles Davis turned in into a jazz standard when he first recorded it in the late 50s. According to the Spanish conquistadores, the Carib Indians were cannibals who regularly ate roasted human flesh. 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. You can associate it with the economic problems in the world now, the sociological problems in the world, and also Fagen’s own personal situation. Rudy's is located on Ninth Avenue and 44th Street in the heart of the formerly-infamous (but now-gentrified) Hell's Kitchen district of Manhattan. The "barrio" could be the LA recording studio. thermasuits are form fitting plastic-like apparel, looking almost robotic. This collection also goes platinum and reaches #30 on the charts. However, on this particular night and with the help of some Cuervo Gold tequila, everything is wonderful. The blues song "Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)" has the line "the eagle flies on Friday, and Saturday I go out to play". The term "banyan" includes many subspecies such as Indian Banyans, Chinese Banyans, Sacred Figs, and the sinister-sounding Florida Strangler Fig! In this case, no doubt refers to police records, in particular, Fagen's police records from when he was frame for selling marijuana in college. 'Working the saxophone' is to swing with it and make it sing. Dias fired the rest of the band, and the three of them moved to California, adding drummer Jim Hodder, guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, and vocalist David Palmer before recording for ABC/Dunhill Records as Steely Dan. He waits until responsible adults are out of the picture, then invites you to "take off your cheaters" (glasses). in Baton Rouge, taking lunatic phone calls from listeners while silently battling his own loneliness and regret. On the wall behind is a large clock, indicating that the time is 4:09, though whether it is A.M. or P.M. is unclear ... for all intent and purposes, we should infer from the album title Nightfly that Fegan is referencing the term 'barfly' [a person who spends copious amounts of time in a bar] and consider this to be the graveyard shift. Morph the Cat in the song descends on New York in the form of a cool smoke, and changes everything. The song's first verse celebrates partying barefoot with cheap "grapefruit wine", but the narrator (Donald Fagen) is dismayed by the music selection playing on the accompanying FM radio, singing, "nothing but blues and Elvis/And somebody else's favorite songs," instead of the "hungry reggae" and "funked-up Muzak" he would like to hear. In the studio, Jones contributed vocals to Steely Dan's Countdown to Ecstasy. A fashionable drinking establishment in New York City. "Be Here Now", or Remember, Be Here Now, is a 1971 book on spirituality, yoga and meditation by the Western-born yogi and spiritual teacher Ram Dass. "I can't keep up with you no more/And have you treat me like it's a sin ..." "He says, you can't force me to stay here forever and do this ..."no thank you, my friend!" Was it liberating? "Fire in the Hole", which features strident piano by Fagen, takes its title from a phrase used by American soldiers in Vietnam, and alludes to how so many students evaded the draft in the late 1960s and early 70s. Then the narrator makes an association with seeing the caves of Altamira in Spain, with their renowned cave paintings, sounding as if when he sees them, he flashes on his solitary childhood imaginings and identifies with those of the cave painter's whose drawings were left "for you and me, we understood." A brand of Mexican tequila (officially called "Jose Cuervo Especial") with a smooth, slightly sweet taste. 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. Southland references the southern States. ", Lonnie Yongue, the leader of that BoHo Bard scene, making him the "kingpin. Under ABC's pressure to produce more hit singles, Fagen and Becker write some shorter songs for their next album "Pretzel Logic." Jim was an American drummer, best known as an early member of Steely Dan. Capris' are a style of trousers mostly worn by women. Merengue is a style of Dominican music and dance. "The Royal Scam" is released in May 1976 and turns out to be known as their best "guitar album," mostly due to the terrific work of Larry Carlton. In this case the word throbbing penis is the meaning of throbbing pager. However, producer Gary Katz later regrets that he didn't suggest "Bad Sneakers" as a single. Tracer ammunition (tracers) are bullets or cannon caliber projectiles that are built with a small pyrotechnic charge in their base. Must have jazz chops! Since the film and its double-album soundtrack took themselves so seriously, it fell to Steely Dan to interject a little wit into the proceedings. A couple of very drugged out brothers/junkies rob the narrator. "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. An A-shaped house or building, typically having triangular front and rear walls and a roof reaching to the ground. This is the kind of close analysis Steely Dan's music absolutely begs for. This paradoxical relationship between promising dreams and discouraging truths is brought out in the lyrics of the song. Other contributors to the new album are more from the jazz world than the rock world and include alto saxophonist Phil Woods and guitarist Larry Carlton (Crusaders). Bone Dancing (fucking) is to be engaged in sexual intercourse. They originate from cool, dry high-pressure air masses in the Great Basin. He did not want to die from poisoning or have his senses numbed while on the cross. However, the chord is used not only in Steely Dan songs but in songs by many different artists, although others would probably know … And with an eerily prescient "why do you tremble each time they pass by?" During the events described … Howard Wright has done a nice analysis on Steely Dan. This line indicates that love is heroin, and like love, you'd better be ready for it, though unlike love, you know when heroin hits you. Happily reborn as a strictly-studio unit, Fagen and Becker begin work on a new album with the help of Porcaro and McDonald. When he can't relate to reality anymore, he drifts back to a time with his friends when they wore "bad sneakers", drank pina coladas, and stomped down the avenue with cash in hand. Mugshot: a photograph of a person's face made for an official purpose, especially police records. The duo has been coy about the line, but legend has it that Walter Becker's girlfriend loved the Eagles and played them all the time, which bothered him a bit. 'Bareback' means to be riding without a saddle, or sexually, to be having intercourse without the use of a condom. Fagen and Becker attended Bard College in the 60's. 'Close inspection' suggest that the dope purchased was his favorite, and of high quality. The 'Wheel' is short for Roulette Wheel, a gambling game. "Groovin' High" and "Relaxin' at Camarillo" referto Bird tunes, the latter also to a California institution in which hespent some time. 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. On one occasion Fagen was induced into explaining that the title song on "Pretzel Logic" was about time travel. 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. A Glock is a plastic semi-auto handgun, a mini-Glock is a Glock 26. Medication used to relieve moderate to severe pain, belonging to a class of drugs known as opioid (narcotic) analgesics. So are we. 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. So are we. The 'Bankroll' is the person who lays out the cash needed to pull off the crime, and gets the lion's share. “Reelin’ in the Years” (from 1972’s Can’t Buy a Thrill) The most straightforward rock’n’roll song Steely … Reset your passwordClick the eye to show your password. Then she comes under the domination of someone else, and that results in the ending of the relationship or some amending of the relationship. The Soul Survivors covered Aretha (the Queen of Soul) Franklin's song "Respect" on their first album. It is then secured with barrettes, combs, hair sticks and/or hairpins. 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. STEELY DAN debut is a remarkable record because of two things at least: a sophisticated musical hybrid of rock, pop, jazz and R'n'B along with cynical sometimes cryptic lyrics and campy cover art in the vein of LITTLE FEAT or ROXY MUSIC on one hand; and on the other the phenomenal piece of art in the shape of the opening mega tune Do It Again. Audiophiles use it … "My Old School", an homage to their days at Bard, also does not fare well as a single and peaks at #63. This song tells the story of a very popular girl who's the desire of all the young men in a blue-collar neighborhood. Many people faked conditions to get them out of the military, including: Bruce Springsteen (faked drug abuse), Donald Trump (America's President had non-existant heel spurs that later disappeared), Ted Nugent (faked being insane while doing drugs), Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney (had fun in France), Muhammad Ali and many others. 'Spring' means to spend money for something. In Night By Night we see a mixture of these same dark conditions dabbed in what appears to be random association. "Was it the fire downtown/ that turned her world around?" Like most Steely Dan songs, it isn't as simple as it seems and a lot of the references are obscure even in the age of the internet. Her adventures mostly involve encounters with slave traders, evil white hunters and native Africans. 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?") Down at the Lido they welcome you With sausage and beer, Klaus and the Rooster have been there too, But lately he spends his time here. 'Netherworld' is the underworld of the dead or hell. Gretchen as a name increased in popularity due to a major character in Goethe's Faust having this name. "FM " is a song by American jazz-rock band Steely Dan, the title theme for the 1978 film FM. "The Night Belongs to Mona" is about a suicidal young woman, dancing in her high-rise late at night, afraid to go out in the day. Rolling means to be sporting one's narcotic high. This references a statement from W.C. Fields, who liked to refer to Death as "the fellow in the bright nightgown. Evocative of Alzheimer's, the disease that numbed Fagen's mother's mind? Also found in 1967 was Sigma Gamma Chi (ΣΓΧ) a fraternal organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. But is that accurate? 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