Last week, we excerpted Rolling Stone scribe Mark Binelli’s sad profile of a heroin-snorting Pete Doherty. (The full article’s online now. Am I the only one who didn’t know it was pronounced Dockerty?)
In the same issue, Austin Scaggs plays the drug card on Donald Fagen to a decidedly more comedic effect.
AUSTIN SCAGGS: Have you ever dropped acid and listened to Steve Gadd’s drum solo on “Aja”?
DONALD FAGEN: No. That’s after my LSD moment was over. Have you?
AUSTIN SCAGGS: Yeah!
DONALD FAGEN: How was it?
AUSTIN SCAGGS: It was incredible!
DONALD FAGEN: [Laughs] I did drop acid and listen to Blonde on Blonde. That was pretty good.
Steely Dan – “Aja” (MP3 Link Expired)
Now, unlike you (I assume), I’ve been anxiously awaiting Morph The Cat, Fagen’s first solo disc in 13 years. I was a big fan of Kamikiriad and that’s a source of endless amusement to some esteemed journalist friends of mine. (They don’t dispute Steely Dan’s importance, but love to rib Indie Boy for listening to CD101.9 fodder). Ergo…
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2006 5:17 PM
Subject: RE: Morph The Cat
I actually clicked on that. Dick.
Turns out Morph is a snoozer. After I bought “H-Gang” on iTunes my wife commented, “You’re actually listening to this … on purpose?” Stream it for free if you’re curious.
So I won’t try to sell you on the new Donald Fagen. But Steely Dan … please tell me there are some fans out there. “Reeling In The Years”? “Deacon Blues”? Even MF Doom and Sondre Lerche dig the “Black Cow.”
Spence back me up here.