22 April 2010
Steely Dan is an American rock band. The core members are Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. The band's popularity peaked in the late 1970s, with the release of seven albums blending elements of jazz, rock, funk, R&B, and pop. Rolling Stone magazine has called them "the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies."
The band's music is characterized by complex jazz-influenced structures and harmonies (played by Becker and Fagen along with a revolving cast of rock and pop studio musicians) and cerebral, wry and eccentric lyrics.
They are recording studio perfectionists. The story is told that the pair used at least 42 different studio musicians, 11 engineers, and took over a year to record the 7 tracks that resulted in the album Gaucho.
Donald Fagen was born in Passaic, New Jersey and Walter Becker was born in New York City and met as students at Bard College.
Being fans of Beat Generation literature, Fagen and Becker named their band after the "Steely Dan III from Yokohama," a strap-on, steam-powered dildo referred to in the Beat classic by William Burrough's Naked Lunch.
Can't Buy a Thrill
Countdown To Ecstasy
The Royal Scam
Steely Dan - Greatest Hits
Citizen Steely Dan: 1972-1980
Alive in America
Two Against Nature
Steely Dan - Two Against Nature - DVD
Everything Must Go
Steely Dan on DVD - Aja