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Steely Dan

Steely Dan is an American rock band; its core members are Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. Theband's popularity peaked in thelate 1970s, with the release of seven albums blending elements ofjazz, rock, funk, R&B, and pop. Rolling Stone magazine hascalled them "the perfect musicalantiheroes for the Seventies."The band's music is characterized by complex jazz. influencedstructures and harmonies played byBecker and Fagen along with a revolving cast of rock and pop studio musicians. SteelyDan's"cerebral, wry and eccentric" lyrics, often filled with sharp sarcasm, touch upon such themes asdrugs, ...read more

Steely Dan is an American rock band; its core members are Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. Theband's popularity peaked in thelate 1970s, with the release of seven albums blending elements ofjazz, rock, funk, R&B, and pop. Rolling Stone magazine hascalled them "the perfect musicalantiheroes for the Seventies."The band's music is characterized by complex jazz. influencedstructures and harmonies played byBecker and Fagen along with a revolving cast of rock and pop studio musicians. SteelyDan's"cerebral, wry and eccentric" lyrics, often filled with sharp sarcasm, touch upon such themes asdrugs, love affairs, crime,and their true-to-life "contempt of west coast hippies." The pair are well-known for their near-obsessive perfectionism in therecording studio, with one notable examplebeing that Becker and Fagen used at least 42 different studio musicians, 11engineers, and tookover a year to record the tracks that resulted in 1980's Gaucho — an album that contains onlysevensongs.Steely Dan toured from 1972 to 1974, but in 1975 became a purely studio-based act. The late1970s saw the grouprelease a series of moderately successful singles and albums. Theydisbanded in 1981, and throughout most of the next decade,Fagen and Becker remained largelyinactive in the music world. During this time, the group steadily built and maintained "acultfollowing." In 1993, the group resumed playing live concerts; the early 21st century saw SteelyDan release two albums ofnew material, the first of which earned a Grammy Award for Album of theYear. They have sold more than 30 million albumsworldwide and in March 2001, were inducted intothe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. « hide

Similar Bands: Chicago, Supertramp, Wings, Sparks, Donald Fagen

LPs
Everything Must Go
2003

2.6
33 Votes
Two Against Nature
2000

3.1
35 Votes
Gaucho
1980

4
82 Votes
Aja
1977

4.4
295 Votes
The Royal Scam
1976

4
113 Votes
Katy Lied
1975

4
98 Votes
Pretzel Logic
1974

4.2
146 Votes
Countdown to Ecstasy
1973

4.1
118 Votes
Can't Buy a Thrill
1972

4.1
177 Votes
Live Albums
Alive in America
1995

3.5
1 Votes
Compilations
The Definitive Collection
2006

3.7
6 Votes
Greatest Hits
1978

3.8
2 Votes

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