Steely Dan is an American rock band founded in by core members Walter Becker guitars, bass, backing vocals and Donald Fagen keyboards, lead vocals. Rolling Stone has called them "the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies". After the group disbanded in , Becker and Fagen were less active throughout most of the next decade, though a cult following  remained devoted to the group. Since reuniting in , 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. They have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March It sounded like, you know, like a black person, really.
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Steely Dan embodied and flaunted their contradictions: spotlessly produced and impeccably performed studio creations about unsympathetic losers and aging, horny sociopaths. All we knew about Fagen and Becker is that they knew how gross, overpaid men could think. This was all by design of course; did I mention they were named after the dildo in Naked Lunch? They also knew how to boogie and wail, as the finest collective of un-ragged instrumentation ever corralled into one ongoing rock project. Steely Dan was quickly establishing themselves as one-of-a-kind smartypants writers who could still burn a rock venue to cinders with their guitar solos. Whoa, almost a straightforward jangle-pop song! Elton John should be so blistering.
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Dan - I just had published an in-depth and slightly academic article about Steely Dan. In the section about the name, I linked to your blog for textual context. Thought I would pass that along. At one of my first jobs, a bookstore, a customer asked if we had books by William Burroughs. I'd heard of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Steely Dan was one of the most successful music acts of the s. The songs were so good that the origin of the name Steely Dan mattered little. Although Steely Dan's music was rooted in jazz and blues, the band's name came from a literary source--Edgar Burroughs' novel "Naked Lunch," which made mention of a "steely dan," a steam-powered adult toy. This playful reference fit perfectly within the framework of Steely Dan's angular arrangements and Fagen's often bitingly cynical and sarcastic lyrics.