Can't Get It Outta My Head








                A Baby Boomer


       Muses on The Music

The Dan I Knew, Live

So how does a band that made its mark as a studio-only act sound live in concert? OK, Steely Dan’s non-touring phase was 40 years ago and more. And founding members, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, who have been the core of the band that long and longer, have had plenty of experience performing live since their 1981 breakup and reformation a decade later, touring pretty much annually for the last 20 years or so. No matter how you slice it, though, the band I heard last weekend in Milwaukee sounded really, really good. And not just because they checked off a long-empty box on my bucket list. The Dan Who Knew too Much Tour performance at the BMO Harris Pavilion of the Summerfest grounds was a

The Dan who Knew, Part Two

This week, I resume last week’s Musing on the music of Steely Dan, in anticipation of seeing the group this weekend. Experiencing Dan live in concert 40 years ago, when the group was in its first-time-around prime, wouldn’t have been possible. By the time the band dissolved in the early 1980s, it had become a studio-only venture, a vehicle for the lyrics and music of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, the two remaining founding members. After the 1981 breakup, Becker dropped out of the music business, but Fagen released a solo album, The Nightfly, a year later, and also wrote the score for a movie. In 1986, the two both performed on an album produced by their long-time studio wizard, Gary Katz.

The Dan Who Knew, Part 1

The next two or three Can’t Get It Outta My Head posts will be about Steely Dan, in recognition of me ticking off an item on my Bucket List, courtesy of a birthday present from my better half. Definitely looking forward to seeing SD July 16 in Milwaukee! I assume that I first heard Steely Dan where I got a lot of my rock influences, Radio Free Madison, in the early 1970s. (The group was founded in 1972.) But I seem to remember their music impinging on my consciousness because of the gay drivers and dispatchers at Yellow Cab and Transfer Co., where I worked at the time. The group’s name was inspired by a sexual appliance — of the sort which could used in either hetero- or homosexual activity

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