🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Steely Dan

I foresee terrible trouble, it’s the Steely Dan HGATR!

Modest Mouse do ok

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
MF DOOM 4.01
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Blur 3.61
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Idlewild 3.42
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Hole 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
Shower Cans 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
Weezer 2.97
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
The Doors 2.89
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Rancid 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74

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Album

  • Can’t Buy A Thrill
  • Countdown To Ecstasy
  • Pretzel Logic
  • Katy Lied
  • The Royal Scam
  • Aja
  • Gaucho
  • Two Against Nature
  • Everything Must Go

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And from The Definitive Collection

  • Do It Again
  • Dirty Work
  • Reelin’ In The Years
  • Bodhisattva
  • My Old School
  • Rikki Don’t Lose That Number
  • Black Friday
  • Bad Sneakers
  • Kid Charlemagne
  • Deacon Blues
  • Peg
  • FM
  • Hey Nineteen
  • Babylon Sisters
  • Cousin Dupree
  • Things I Miss The Most

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They are definitely a love ‘em or hate ‘em band but in recent years I’ve moved firmly from the second camp to the first.

I listened to them a fair bit over the years because people kept saying how bands I loved (eg Prefab Sprout) were influenced by them. I just couldn’t hear anything apart from the surface gloss and I read the archness as insincerity. Both of those things were a real turn off.

One day they just clicked for me. I think the best way in is definitely Aja - an album that is perfectly formed, beautifully played, exquisitely produced but also packed from start to finish with superb songs. Once I’d fallen for that record the earlier ones suddenly made sense to me and I became a bit obsessed with them. Those six albums up to and including Aja are all absolutely brilliant.

I think context helps in understanding them - two smartarse New York hipsters (in the original meaning of that word), obsessed with jazz and R and B (in the original meaning of those words), lost in an L.A. full of plastic sentiment, ace session players and cocaine, their whole career built from the uneasy alliance of those two worlds.

They exist in a weird space for me now - a band I love but absolutely understand why other people I respect might still hate. I just hope those people will one day see the light like I did.

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Ohhh yeah here for this! Just stuck them on shuffle while I have a shower.

I’ll not lie as a teenager I would have hated them, had I even known of their existence.

But then I studied popular music at uni and obviously everyone’s got that one lecturer who’s into Frank Zappa and Steely Dan.

They’ve got this perfect production to them… Sort of typifying that almost yacht rock type vibe that hall and oates and others have going on… A real mid 70s sound.

They’re a true ‘musician’s music’. Very very clever, knowingly so, and actually a lot of fun because of it.

Fufufufufive.

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Just can’t take a band called “Steely Dan” seriously

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Have ya listened to em

On that note anyone else used to get confused between steel Eye span and Steely Dan or was that just me

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All bands should be named after fictional steam powered sex toys.

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Only got into them relatively recently but would concur that Aja is a pretty much faultless, lovely record. Also like the few other singles I’ve heard from the other albums.

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@anon19035908 is this a good coincidence after the SD talk in yesterday’s evening thread or did that make you put them in for today?

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They were always meant to be soon but the big list got lost when I was switching to my new phone so I just bumped them up a bit!

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probs my fav lyricists, absolute poets both of them
really one of the cleverest and most joyous bands, bloody love them

muting ruffers for the day

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Sorry to say I hate them. Empty cynical glossy nothingness, it’s the sound of cocaine. Music that sneers at the listener.

And the guitarist’s post-Dan career is literally helping the US Army kill people. Fuck them right into the sun.

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jeff baxter?
he was only their guitarist for 2 years

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Plus they ripped off Horace Silver

Never knowingly heard a song by them. Abstain.

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Founding member and played on three albums though, not someone they got off the street to play a couple of licks

Bit weird to hold the band responsible for what an ex member did twenty years after leaving.

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Yeah came here to say something similar. Intersection between elevator music and cocaine. Suprised they’re so popular on here.

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