Reeling in the Years

“…I think of Steely Dan being of its time, and may be impossible to separate from its time…”

Donald Fagen

The music of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker is many things – jazz, rock, R&B, folk. What it really represents is Poetry. Heavy with dark, cryptic references to drugs, alcohol, crime and sexual exploitation -set in both LA and New York. Steely Dan was essentially s studio duo, backed by the best sessional musicians of a generation. They released 9 original albums from 1972-2003. Live performances were exceptional, but in 2007 I saw them perform in Adelaide. A rare and special treat. Steely Dan is a reference to a steam powered dildo in Walter S Burrough’s beat generation novel the Naked Lunch. #reelingintheyears #letsmakelemonade

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