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Metal Leg 9 – April 1989

Editor’s Note: From 1987 through 1994, diehard Steely Dan fans turned to a small fanzine called Metal Leg for information about Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. Published first by England’s Brian Sweet (who went on to write the unofficial band biography Steely Dan: Reelin’ In The Years) and later by New Yorkers Pete Fogel and […]

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Steely Dan: Gaucho

By Mitchell Cohen Creem She stomped into the living room, as much as one can stomp in pink slippers and an extra-large Close Encounters t-shirt, and conspicuously clicked the “stop” button of the cassette machine. I continued to write. “Steely Dan,” she announced, “are a symptom of everything that is wrong with our relationship.” Conversations that start with sentences […]

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‘Gaucho’ Review

By Ariel Swartley Rolling Stone The thing you begin to notice, listening to Steely Dan’s songs, is that no one ever answers anyone. For all the talk — and their latest album, Gaucho, is as compulsively chatty as dinnertime on death row — there’s no conversation. Whoever keeps asking, “Who is that gaucho, amigo?” might as well […]

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‘Gaucho’: The Sardonic Style of Steely Dan

By Stephen Holden New York Times Nearly three years in the making, Steely Dan’s Gaucho (MCA-6102) is as refined as pop music can get without becoming too esoteric for a mass audience. Though it consists of only two men, Steely Dan must be counted one of the most influential rock “groups” of the past decade. […]

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Steely Dan: The Royal Scam Review

By Bud Scoppa Circus Donald Fagen and Walter Becker don’t play by the rules. They won’t tour, they won’t talk to interviewers, they won’t keep a band together — instead they prefer to ship out their best players to the Doobie Brothers and hire hand-picked freelance musicians for specific parts on specific tracks (they’ve been known […]

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‘Katy Lied’: The truth is superfine

STEELY DAN: ‘KATY LIED’ (ABC Records ABCL 5094). YOU KNOW how it is with these aces: first time, you think, human tasty muzak; next play, you start to ge hooked onto a melody here and there and a fragment or two of those enigmatic lyrics; the third time around you’re just plain hooked. They’ve never […]

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Steely Dan: Katy Lied

By Steven Rosen Circus Raves EIGHT-THIRTY PM. On the sixteenth story of a monster New York skyscraper a lonely light shone at the end of a cavernous floor. The deserted space was a storage center for office furniture; 36 desks piled up, dozens of sofas in heaps, desks, swivel chairs and file cabinets. In this […]

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Stainless Steely Band

By Bud Scoppa Rolling Stone Steely Dan is the most improbable hit-singles band to emerge in ages. On its three albums, the group has developed an impressionistic approach to rock & roll that all but abandons many musical conventions and literal lyrics for an unpredictable, free-roving style. While the group considered the first album, Can’t […]

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Steely Dan: Countdown To Ecstasy

By Mick Gold Let It Rock Steely Dan is a vehicle for the songwriting talents of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, who entered the music world via a two-year gig with Jay and the Americans. They say they don’t regret that period, but since they’ve lifted their name from The Naked Lunch they’ve clearly been […]

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Steely Dan: Can’t Buy A Thrill

By Andrew Tyler Disc and Music Echo This one’s already speeding up the Billboard and Cashbox charts – currently around the 30 mark and likely to jump about 20 places by next week. Quite understandable and justified let it be said. Still only a few months together, the band produce a remarkable range of sounds in the medium-to-heavy bracket […]

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