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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 inthelate 1970s, with the release of seven albums blending elements ofjazz, rock, funk, R&B, and pop. Rolling Stone magazinehascalled 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 af ...read more

Steely Dan is an American rock band; its core members are Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. Theband's popularity peaked inthelate 1970s, with the release of seven albums blending elements ofjazz, rock, funk, R&B, and pop. Rolling Stone magazinehascalled 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 intherecording 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 containsonlysevensongs.Steely Dan toured from 1972 to 1974, but in 1975 became a purely studio-based act. The late1970s saw thegrouprelease a series of moderately successful singles and albums. Theydisbanded in 1981, and throughout most of the nextdecade,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 albumsofnew material, the first of which earned a Grammy Award for Album of theYear. They have sold more than 30 millionalbumsworldwide and in March 2001, were inducted intothe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. « hide

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LPs
Everything Must Go
2003

2.8
65 Votes
Two Against Nature
2000

3.3
74 Votes
Gaucho
1980

3.9
171 Votes
Aja
1977

4.4
540 Votes
The Royal Scam
1976

4.1
225 Votes
Katy Lied
1975

4
192 Votes
Pretzel Logic
1974

4.1
273 Votes
Countdown to Ecstasy
1973

4.1
223 Votes
Can't Buy a Thrill
1972

4.1
322 Votes
Live Albums
Alive in America
1995

3.3
9 Votes
Compilations
The Definitive Collection
2006

3.7
7 Votes
Greatest Hits
1978

4
5 Votes

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