Steely Dan

Formed in the early '70s, Steely Dan were an outlier in the music industry; a band proving intelligent music could chart. Their music wasn't just jazz-rock; it was a sophisticated concoction of jazz, rock, pop, and cryptic lyrics that made you scratch your head while tapping your foot.

Formed by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen in 1971 after they met at New York’s Bard College in the late ’60s they famously took over longtime guitarist Denny Dias’ band

They came to audition but pretty soon we realized that they wrote better songs than us and they sorta took over!

Initially they were a touring band with a fixed lineup but soon morphed into a studio project led by the enigmatic duo Becker and Fagen.

Throughout their career, Fagen and Becker were known for their meticulous attention to detail, often enlisting the crème de la crème of session musicians to bring their visions to life. They handpicked the best of the best, like Michael McDonald lending his smooth vocals to "Peg" or Wayne Shorter adding his jazz mastery to "Aja."

1972 The debut album "Can't Buy a Thrill" hit the scene, introducing the world to their eclectic sound with hits like "Do It Again" and "Reelin' in the Years."

1974 "Pretzel Logic" twisted its way into the hearts of fans with hits like "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" and "Any Major Dude Will Tell You."

1977 "Aja" elevated the band to new heights with its intricate arrangements and jazz fusion vibes. The title track and "Deacon Blues" remain classics.

1980 "Gaucho" brought the '70s to a close with its slick production and hits like "Hey Nineteen" and "Babylon Sisters."

1981-1993 The band went on hiatus, allowing Fagen and Becker to explore solo projects but leaving fans craving more of their unique sound.

2000 They made a triumphant return with "Two Against Nature," which snagged four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. It was like they never missed a beat.

2003 "Everything Must Go" followed, proving that Steely Dan still had the magic touch, blending jazz, rock, and wit like only they could.

What's in a Name?

The name Steely Dan came from a William S. Burrough's highly controversial 1959 novel – it was the name of a Dildo! Throughout they had a fine sense of their own mythology.

Longevity and Legacy

Throughout their career, Steely Dan racked up a staggering 8 Grammy Awards and a devoted fan base that spans generations. Their songs, with their cryptic lyrics and intricate melodies, continue to captivate listeners, whether they're longtime fans or discovering their music for the first time.

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Songs: Reelin' in the Years, Peg, Josie, Aja

Gear: Fender Stratocaster   

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