There is a bar/restaurant in Greenwich Village that I had been going to weekly since 1985. Good food, great staff and great music. One night, I'd say five or six years ago, I stopped in, sat at the bar, ordered my usual and looked at the menu. Within seconds, I was greeted by two bartenders, two waiters, the manager and a bus boy. I LOVE THIS PLACE!
"What's going on with you tonight? You by yourself?"
"Yeah. Just grabbing a bite and then I am walking up 8th Avenue to the Beacon. Going to see Steely Dan."
"YUUUUCKKK! OH MY GOD!"
Lots of laughter, none if it mine.
"HEY!" (calls out to waiter) He's going to see Steely Dan!"
One of the two bartenders, came out from behind the bar, yelling "They suck!" He went outside, laughing.
I never felt the same way about that bar and those people I called my friends.
Is Steely Dan universally despised the way, say, Nickelback is? Am I missing something? Sure, they are smug and occasionally stiff, but when did playing your instruments well and writing songs with enough hooks for AM radio that also have enough solos for FM radio become something to scoff. (Or actually, when did seeing them live become something to laugh at?)
I haven't heard Steely Dan the same way since that night, and I recall not enjoying the concert. But yesterday, I listened to "Pretzel Logic" and I loved every minute of it. It also didn't feel like Steely Dan as much as "Peg" feels like Steely Dan. So, with all that said, I felt like tossing out ten deep cuts for those who might enjoy hating Steely Dan.
You've got three headstarts with the videos.
The Caves Of Altamira
Home At Last
Night By Night
Sign In Stranger