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Adam Blake wrote:Steely Dan commit the awful crime of cleverness - and make it work time and time again. Making effective and memorable pop music out of elevator jazz chords and jazz textures is remarkable enough but the lyrics are always thought-provoking and funny in a kind of hipper-than-thou manner.
Adam Blake wrote:Can you imagine how much they must have pissed off Frank Zappa! He would have shaved off his moustache to have been able to write songs like "Haitian Divorce" or "The Fez". Not that Frank didn't do all sorts of things that Steely Dan could never have done but he liked so much to occupy the kind of musical high ground that they inhabited with such insouciant ease.
AndyM wrote:isn't Fagen's 'The Nightfly' better than almost all of Steely Dan's stuff ?
AndyM wrote:Don't want to start an argument, but...........isn't Fagen's 'The Nightfly' better than almost all of Steely Dan's stuff ? More focused, genuinely witty rather than borderline smug, less of the airless sheen ? ('Do It Again' & 'Rikki DLTN' still unbeatable, though.)
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