Try as they might, nothing can ruin Steely Dan.
Whose hating on them?
Honestly, the songs are totally there on Two Against Nature, but there is no way you can handle that album unless you’ve spent time with the real classics first. But yeah, its Grammy win is probably the reason a whole generation dismissed the band. Poor, stupid, reactionary generation.
Oh yeah, ELO is great – it’s like they just wanted to make the coolest dork pop in the universe. I love it (especially Out of the Blue).
It’s funny the thing about those punk bands you grew up listening to. I grew up listening to that stuff too and that’s what I defined as “cool” music. But that whole “punk cool” kept me from appreciating a lot of great classic rock (hated Steely Dan for years without ever actually listening to them). At 32, I’m still coming back on old bands that I used to reflexively dismiss when I was a cool indie/punk kid. One band, Boston actually, I’ve discovered I really enjoy. I think I just really have a love for super glossy production. Boston’s self-titled album is big and dumb and about the glossiest thing made in the 70s, but the hooks project so big and so far, I can’t really deny how fun it is.
I’ve heard Kansas is pretty badass too. I might be tearing down those pre-conceived notions as well in the near future.
I see Random Access Memories as the modern Aja.
I’d say that King Crimson ought to be on there. Red is undeniable.
Where was this thread? On top of Steely Dan, you also have Rush, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath who put together incredible strings.
It’s underrated here, but those first seven albums are basically a 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F, 1G situation.
My favorites are either “Sign In Stranger” (that piano) or “Your Gold Teeth II.” “Peg” is up there – it’s always felt like the perfect distillation of everything Steely Dan could do.
Also love “Kings,” “My Old School,” “Any Major Dude,” “Aja” (those drums…my GOD) and “Hey Nineteen.”
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