Why Do I Waste So Much Time? September 5, 2017 @ The atmosphere is in the harmony. Kudos to each and everyone of you. I’m also a multi-intrumentalist who loves to hear a musician do something new and interesting that I haven’t thought of. For me when I was in HS and for much of college (late 70’s), I wanted my rock-n-roll, straight-forward, guitar heavy and loud. Pretentious douchebags. With Al Murray, Antoine de Caunes, Elis James, Fred MacAulay. ??? How much Steely Dan do you own? With Luger in hand, I understood that you will soon be leavin’ town Science has a more complex -- and less offensive -- answer to why we hate every picture of ourselves. Their music is average, and so are their lyrics, which really makes them as unimpressive as any other average band. Well ther are always critics who cant ilike some one eleses music,stee dan is great music and you know it those who cant critisize love peace and joy to you! I just tried to watch the “Classic Recordings: Steely Dan Aja” documentary on Netflix, just to give them one more shot. Steely Dan – Babylon Sisters 40 Comments 0 Tags Drive west on Sunset To the sea Turn that jungle music down Just until we're out of town This is no one night stand It's a real occasion Close your eyes … McDonald performs the Doobie Brothers' … You nailed it Darryl. Too much of their stuff sounds like Larry the Lounge Lizard music to me. It undermines peoples expectations and preconceptions. My my, what have we here? Here’s what the study concluded: Here’s what the study concluded: A community of religiously committed Evangelicals holds … I did “get them,” but I still don’t like them. But how do you get that thing in there, how do you make that thing that people will fall in love with and put it in your work? You know why? Now there is much more at stake than “getting the story to work.” Suddenly the only thing that matters is that emotional attachment. Their music is boredom in the … They were like The Band. The last few shows I’ve been to I notice that they slip more and more Steely Dan covers in, and I admit they do them justice, probably their strongest songs as a matter of fact. Bryan Cranston sneaks winking references to them into Malcolm In The Middle and Breaking Bad … Ugh!!! There is an emotional attachment there. 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September 5, 2017 @ Anyway, good for you. Fans with tickets to the previously announced 2020 dates are encouraged to hold on to … It’s audio nausea to me On paper, they are great, but the sum of the parts sounds like smooth-jazz. The people who respond to the question, “What kind of music do you like?” with “I like everything” make my skin crawl. Was exposed against my will to them last night. Explain that. Just saying. So… what exactly do I do with these new revelations? I only saw them live twice but they are high on my list of favorites. The result of all this set to tighter-than-a-cat’s-arse funk/r’n’b/jazz/Latin/pop/disco rhythms, executed by the finest session cats the 70s had to offer? Just listening to that saxophone ending the verses of “Peg” evokes a certain feeling that isn’t pleasant. They would bring in separate groups of session players so they could hear different interpretations of the music. Some of the absolute best players on their albums. I don’t care about this, and I’m a trained classical musician. It was just uncool to like them. Because of thier unique flavor and vibe to someone will be like petting a cat backwards to another. And they could turn up the wick and wail. In high school, I was the guy with over 200 tapes. But why do so many Avatar fans hate The Legend of Korra? No really I think they are sh1t I just can’t cope with anyone thinking I am not capable of understanding the rich textures of those 11th and 13th chords and those sardonic yet deeply meaningful and metaphorical lyrics. But not really. I can’t stand them. Thank you for this answer and many of the others for helping me understand why this band’s music often makes my skin crawl. ( Log Out /  Poor things, someday you will hate yourself, i predict. Tight. Adult ADHD Symptoms Does it take you forever to make a doctor’s appointment, clean out your garage, or do your taxes? If you’re not familiar with Steely Dan, I suggest you start with Aja. The horns at the end of “The Caves of Altamira” always get me. Nobody noticed it was sleazy narrative about an older guy (who should know better) doing his damnedest to seduce loose young girls at a bar, tempting them with coke and tequila. So, I guess you’re saying why do they suck if they are average? my boyfriend wants us to listen to Steely every chance we get… but i had to let him know Steely is Not for me…. A damn fine band. Change ), Josh Rouse: 1972 (2003), Nashville (2005), The Happiness Waltz (2013) To lazily simulate ‘feel’ and ‘atmosphere’? It’s cool, atypical and often at odds with their flawlessly smooth music, making things doubly subversive. 11:38 am. I’m personally more drawn to their first five albums when there was still a strong rock element to their music, but there’s no question that Aja is a classic and Gaucho does have its charm for me. omg!!! 7:43 pm. I can’t quite decide whether I’m just dyslexic about steely Dan or whether they really are just sh1t. ya takes ya chances. 4:54 pm. Not sure if that is normal or a sign of the quality of new music or a combination of the two. And so the legacy of Steely Dan was cemented for millions of Americans through the classic rock radio format, whether you grew up listening to the records when they were first released, or got introduced to the band later in life. It’s not that rare. They use the word “hate” a lot when they talk about her. If you can’t clearly see the sarcasm behind their letter (or Owen’s reply, for that matter, who clearly got the joke) then you have no business talking about SD in the first place. Earbuds or computer speakers won’t cut it. Critiquing is really just opining, and as such is just useful for deciding who to listen to when they offer their view. Discover unique things to do, places to eat, and sights to see in the best destinations around the world with Bring Me! After having this realization I looked back on the stuff I have written as well as the stuff I am writing now. We’ve all had people that were “perfect” for us, that friends and family couldn’t believe we weren’t crazy about, that we just weren’t that interested in. September 6, 2017 @ Perfect time. I also get a boner for the complicated syncopated rhythms of Indian Classical and flamenco. || And, until recently, that has never been a requirement for me. This kind of bugs me. I realize you have a very limited understanding of the world, but please understand this: you cannot say that you respect someone and still say that they “suck”. They dab at you with a somewhat haunting, simple, obtuse, plain sound, and that all at once. I now have a copy of every group and solo album/cd they ever put out lol, the pistolero That being said, I loathe them for their snarky, unabashed hatred of middle America, and the South specifically. 😉. I can’t stand Steely Dan either. The main reason why I can’t listen to their music is because they (intentionally) record it ‘dry’ and ‘dead’ sounding especially the drums. As I’ve aged I have really realized how cool it is to like many different styles of music. Besides loving country I love 90s alt rock, surf, punk, 50s and early 60s rock, and Latin stuff like bachata and salsa. Meh. September 5, 2017 @ The key word is “enjoyed.” You hide in the bushes There is one, and only one, reason to appreciate Steely Dan. September 5, 2017 @ September 5, 2017 @ I’m not saying all corporate crap is bad, but this is polished nonsense. I appreciate and love music just as much as you, but I fail to see how someone who seems to have such a rich musical background can’t love those songs (or the majority of Steely Dan’s other work). Fagen or Becker themselves? What do u respect about them? They belong in the same column as Todd Rundgren that way. Also I entirely agree with Robb that it is often hard to make an emotional connection to the music. I may interject, that the reason you “hate” the Dan is that you love repetition, as evident in your blog. I was reading about them in the Los Angeles Times in 1994, and the article quoted “Only A Fool Would Say That.” I hadn’t heard the song, but the lyric was “everybody on the street has murder in their eyes.” Spoke to me. They want you to squirm at their cheesy-meets-seedy lyrics. Because it’s jazz. How do I make Dead Guy a more engaging and satisfying experience than Steely Dan? Oh man, Eraserhead just came up on my Recommendations in Netflix. Rolling Stone magazine rated three Steely Dan records on their Greatest 500 Albums of All Time. You will be what you are just the same just perfection. My feeling towards these people is that they’ve probably never had a true emotion, love or hate, in their entire lives. And slavicdiva, it seems you are unable to grasp the intentions of their lyrics for Deacon Blues. The “situation” is that I love music and really get into cult bands that fall outside of the norm. In my opinion, if you don’t like them, you’ve either not dedicated enough time to appreciating their art, or you’re just an ignorant Neanderthal. I also am a big progressive rock fan, especially Tull, but once in a while Steely Dan is exactly what I want to listen to. Brett The sax in ‘Baker Street’ is awesome. Subversive, eh? Some of the melodies that they discovered still blow my mind every time I hear them. And, until recently, that has never been a requirement for me. (not that i think there is much chance that you will see this; and in that case, give a rat’s molested ass about what som Norwegian kid thinks about all this). I totally agree with you Robb. When I listen to Steely Dan now I don’t hear a band, but a gathering of highly talented, but pretentious studio musicians trying to outdo each other. September 5, 2017 @ Scotty J An unfortunate aspect of life is that some people hate when others do well. Why would they? Why am I thinking about this? But I thought they did some really cool stuff. "I hate Korea.". Look, Steely Dan is not for everyone. But it shouldn’t be uncool to like their music. I am a musician and lover of a very wide range of music – some of it even has METAPHORS in it and is COMPLEX I thunk. Thanks Trigger. With you 100% about loving many styles. They were superficially goofy and very eclectic, but I quite enjoy their music myself. Lots of folks don’t seem to like jazz. On the surface, the dan deal in jazz tinged pop mega hits. Acca Dacca I bet none of them has ever listened to anything that wasn’t played on the radio (and we all know how awesome it is to base a band’s music on what the radio stations select to play over and over again). You don’t have to change what comforts you, but you can control how you react to it. 6:09 pm. ( Log Out /  I just want to know what all of these people are basing their reasons for hating them on. Why Steely Dan's 7th studio album, "Gaucho," works so well 40 years after its release. Haha, BrushHawg Great horns. I bought both “Inside Genesis” DVDs- 1970-5 and 1975-80. And waiting. September 5, 2017 @ September 6, 2017 @ People perceive their own voice to be the combination of those two sources … Recently I’ve dabbled back into early Genesis actually. I’m glad I love them now. I love Van Morrison. Scotty J Actual music. And you’ve seen all the western movies Whoever it was who mentioned “just slick production and overuse of one cheesy chord”, thanks for the laugh. And just to get this on the record, yes, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were the frontmen of Steely Dan, but the musicians they had with them came from a wide swath of the L.A. session mafia of the 1970s, including Michael McDonald (of the Doobie Brothers), drummer Rick Marotta, and keyboardist Don Grolnick (the latter two of whom worked with Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt), to name just three. It’s a great danceable pop hit. They were the Hunter S. Thompson of American pop music. Usualy people just don’t get it, they either don’t listen closely and stapels them as lame and cheesy, or they just don’t get the great lyrical and musical happenings in each and every song (or should i say masterpiece?). You owed him money but you gave him something more I don’t know how to musically explain it; I just like Steely Dan. I don’t really know what you’re looking for in music. 1:52 pm. If it didn’t sound like my music, it sucked. 4:23 pm. ‘Aja’ and ‘Gaucho’ are musical masterpieces. There is plenty for me to respect and admire in Steely Dan, plenty for me to like, but, try as I have all these years, I never find anything there to love. The only song I liked, somewhat, was “Reelin’ in the Years”, because I thought it was a Thin Lizzy song until I was old enough to know better. By college, I was always having to buy more blank cassettes, walking down the dorm hallways copying everything I could get my hands on. Just learn how to use certain music in certain situations. Steely Dan does suck. “I don’t hate them,” I replied. As a consequence I find myself taking deep dives into classic artists of many genres in a search for something fresh, strangely enough. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. It is biting social satire heavy with bitter irony very carefully disguised as exactly the kind of manufactured easy listening pop that was (at the time) the ‘product’ of the culture they were satirizing. No, they aren’t really a band. 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