Steely Dan, a band I would still love to see

Eugene, Oregon
June 8, 2016 1:19pm CST
I skated through the 1970s and early 1980s listening to jazz and avoiding the pop music of the time since I did not like the BeeGees, Abba or any of the disco flavored stuff that was played endlessly on commercial radio. Somehow though, I mostly missed a band that I love to listen to now, Steely Dan. I even have a Steely Dan station on Pandora. When I saw that they were touring again, I checked the schedule, but they will be nowhere near Oregon. I really like their jazzy arrangements and progressions and quirky lyrics. They never hit number one in that era, but "Rikki, don't lose that number" made it to number 4. That song and Reelin' in the Years" were big hits. Their album AJA is double platinum, meaning it sold over two million copies. Here is a favorite of mine: "Deacon blues" Image is Pixabay Public Domain
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Jun 16
This and "Don't take Me Alive" are my favorite Steely Dan songs.
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@FourWalls (13701)
• United States
8 Jun 16
"Agents of the law, luckless pedestrian." DANG what an opening line. I love "Don't Take Me Alive," too (obviously!!)
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Jun 16
@FourWalls Their lyrics are amazing, thanks!
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Jun 16
@FourWalls & @teamfreak16, Fahey had some great solo albums too.
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@LoriAMoore (4795)
• United States
8 Jun 16
I even named my cat Aja after that album.
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Jun 16
Very cool cat!
@Inlemay (16520)
• South Africa
8 Jun 16
that is a beautiful saxophone is it Alto? My daughter has a Blessing Silver Sax that looks just like that one
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Jun 16
I do believe it is. I forgot to credit Pixabay with the image.
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@Inlemay (16520)
• South Africa
8 Jun 16
@JamesHxstatic oh dart I thought it was yours - no harm done, it still is a prize looking sax's
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• New Delhi, India
8 Jun 16
Yes it is saxo
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
8 Jun 16
I do remember Steely Dan. I do not recall Deacon Blues, but now I will take a listen. Thank you for the link!
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 Jun 16
They had and have a unique sound I think, @Corbin5.
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@JohnRoberts (56738)
• Los Angeles, California
8 Jun 16
Steely Dan also had big hits with Peg and Do it Again.
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Jun 16
Oh, yeah, "back, Jack" great tunes, just heard a bunch of them.
• United States
8 Jun 16
So, buy a plane ticket.
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 Jun 16
I don't want to see them that bad.
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@MarymargII (9737)
• Toronto, Ontario
9 Jun 16
i like them too--- I'll have to run the music in the daytime as hubby is snoring and it could wake him----lol!
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• China
9 Jun 16
You seem to be a big fan of jazzy.I don't know much about jazzy,but I am a music lover,especially the folk song .
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• Eugene, Oregon
10 Jun 16
I am a big jazz fan, yes, but also love folk. I am sort of trying to find some other retired men and maybe woman to start singing folk songs from the 50s and 60s, kind of like the Kingston Trio.
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• China
10 Jun 16
@JamesHxstatic Yes, some old folk songs are worth hearing hundreds times and they bear the imprint of the times.
@JolietJake (51149)
• United States
8 Jun 16
I have all their albums up to 'Gaucho' except I haven't found a decent copy of 'Can't Buy A Thrill'...luckily, Dad has a copy of it.
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@JolietJake (51149)
• United States
8 Jun 16
By the way...the song 'Dirty Work'...for years I thought that was a CSN&Y song...it doesn't sound like Steely Dan.
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 Jun 16
@JolietJake, that is great that you have access to all the vinyl.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
8 Jun 16
Steely Dan was one of my favorites, too. But I also like the other bands you mention that you didn't like. Back in those days I didn't like country music at all. But today much of the newer country music reminds me of the rock and roll of the early days.
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Jun 16
I was born in Texas and listened to far too much country music as a kid, so avoid it as much as I can.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
8 Jun 16
@JamesHxstatic When I was growing up there was very little country music played in our house, but I hear enough of it outside the home. I can remember being very disappointed when my favorite radio station (KGA) decided to switch from rock and roll to classical music then shortly thereafter to country music. Speaking of radio stations we had one here called KNEW and I can remember when they changed their call letters to KJRB. From what I heard Danny Thomas bought the station along with one in Seattle. That was when the call letters were changed. Something to do with him wanting the call letter of the Spokane station to be similar to the one in Seattle. I like the KNEW call letters. This station also went to country music not long after the call letters were changed.
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@cacay1 (32861)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
12 Jul 16
Wow, you are a lover of music.It is a very nice song, fantastic.
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Jul 16
Thanks for checking that out!
@Hanyouyomi (1943)
• Dallas, Texas
11 Jul 16
Man, I need to listen to more Steely Dan, because I only know two songs:"Hey 19," and I just forgot the other one's name. .
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Jul 16
Lots of great ones! Thanks!
@TRBRocks420 (77345)
• Banks, Oregon
9 Jun 16
I like Steely Dan too good band.
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• Eugene, Oregon
10 Jun 16
For certain!
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@DeborahDiane (21558)
• Laguna Woods, California
9 Jun 16
Just reading your post brought back a lot of great memories from the 60's and 70's. I love the music I grew up with!
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 Jun 16
Glad to hear you enjoyed the memory flogger. I was a late fan to this group somehow.
@FourWalls (13701)
• United States
8 Jun 16
"Deacon Blues" is my favorite "hit single" of the 70s. What an incredible song!!! BTW, you didn't really miss them in the 70s....they were notorious for never touring in the 70s.
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• Eugene, Oregon
8 Jun 16
Right, I read that they stopped touring after the third album.
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@amadeo (65661)
• United States
8 Jun 16
I almost forgotten about them.It has been awhile.Thank you for refreshing here. I play the alto sax a while back.
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 Jun 16
@amadeo, what kind of band did you play the sax in?
@dgobucks226 (12105)
17 Jun 17
Great choice. Jazz and blues mix at its best, yet with a pop/rock feel. Yes, that is a group still worth seeing
@Lucky15 (33386)
• Philippines
9 Jun 16
Might check it on line ;)
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@JudyEv (123140)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Jun 16
I remember the 'Rikki' song. Hopefully they might get a bit closer to you one day.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25677)
• United States
9 Jun 16
Great music
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