Friday, August 11, 2006

Number 907 - Steely Dan

Number 907

Steely Dan

"Deacon Blues"

................Genre: Rock...............

Most rock & roll bands are a tightly wound unit that developed their music through years of playing in garages and clubs around their hometown. Steely Dan never subscribed to that aesthetic. As the vehicle for the songwriting of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan defied all rock & roll conventions. Becker and Fagen never truly enjoyed rock -- with their ironic humor and cryptic lyrics, their eclectic body of work shows some debt to Bob Dylan -- preferring jazz, traditional pop, blues, and R&B. Steely Dan created a sophisticated, distinctive sound with accessible melodic hooks, complex harmonies and time signatures, and a devotion to the recording studio. With producer Gary Katz, Becker and Fagen gradually changed Steely Dan from a performing band to a studio project, hiring professional musicians to record their compositions. Though the band didn't perform live after 1974, Steely Dan's popularity continued to grow throughout the decade, as their albums became critical favorites and their singles became staples of AOR and pop radio stations. Even after the group disbanded in the early '80s, their records retained a cult following, as proven by the massive success of their unlikely return to the stage in the early '90s.

Ill learn to work the saxophone

Ill play just what I feel

Drink scotch whisky all night long

And die behind the wheel

They got a name for the winners in the world

I want a name when I lose

They call alabama the crimson tide

Call me deacon blues

Steely Dan sort of remind me of a stoned "" and a drunk ""

This song oozes coolness and suave, the album it comes from, is a critical acclaim (yes critical acclaim means kapooza to me)
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Nope, didn't like that song) and the Album ranked at Number 145
This song has a crowbarred rating of 56.7 out of 108
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