Been going through Fagen’s solo catalogue after finding out that Steely Dan is one of a very few bands, popular or not, whose stuff I’m able to enjoy. tbh finding out that I like some of Steely Dan’s stuff has been pretty gratifying just bc it’s allowed me to earnestly connect with some family members over music, since the music I tend to listen to is just uhhh too outside of most’s people’s taste range
Idk what anyone else here thinks about 'em or Fagen in particular, although I am expecting some condescension, judging by an awful Pitchfork review. I guess the band is seen as being the preference of impotent aged hipsters or something. Who even knows. It was interesting listening to Aja last year and realizing I’d heard a couple of songs from it years ago, probably on some smooth jazz station, and was struck then by the harmonies. In fact, I think I recorded ‘Peg’ on a cassette tape (and it then was also interesting to watch the video below explicating the song’s chords and compositionally identify very strongly with some of Fagen’s voicings).
^Lovely DX7 harmonica, really just a great FM SOUNDSHOCK track + vocals
Apparently Gaucho had a very problematic recording history for various reasons and a bunch of songs were cut. If they had been included I think the album would’ve been far and away their best.