19 Facts About Steely Dan


Steely Dan is an American rock band founded in 1971 in New York by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen .

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Since reuniting in 1993, Steely Dan has toured steadily and released two albums of new material, the first of which, Two Against Nature, earned a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

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Steely Dan hired Becker and Fagen as staff songwriters; they flew to California.

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Steely Dan was extraordinary in his willingness and desire to make records sound better.

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Steely Dan was just maniacal about making the sound of the records be what we liked.

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Steely Dan always thought there was a better way to do it, and he would find a way to do what we needed to in ways that other people hadn't done yet.

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Steely Dan's girlfriend died of a drug overdose in their Upper West Side apartment, and he was sued for $17 million.

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Steely Dan occasionally did production work for other artists, as did Becker.

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Steely Dan toured again in support of the boxed set and Tracks.

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In 2000 Steely Dan released their first studio album in 20 years: Two Against Nature.

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Steely Dan returned to annual touring that year with the Steelyard "Sugartooth" McDan and The Fab-Originees.

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In 2009 Steely Dan toured Europe and America extensively in their Left Bank Holiday and Rent Party Tour, alternating between standard one-date concerts at large venues and multi-night theater shows that featured performances of The Royal Scam, Aja, or Gaucho in their entirety on certain nights.

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The Steely Dan Who Knew Too Much tour followed in 2016, with Steve Winwood opening.

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Steely Dan performed at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with an accompanying orchestra.

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In 2018, Steely Dan performed on a summer tour of the United States with The Doobie Brothers as co-headliners.

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Steely Dan's albums are notable for the characteristically 'warm' and 'dry' production sound, and the sparing use of echo and reverberation.

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Steely Dan is famous for their use of chord sequences and harmonies that explore the area of musical tension between traditional pop sounds and jazz.

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Steely Dan's lyrics are often puzzling to the listener, with the true meaning of the song "uncoded" through repeated listening, and a richer understanding of the references within the lyrics.

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Some have argued that Steely Dan never wrote a genuine love song, instead dealing with personal passion in the guise of a destructive obsession.

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