It was years ago, I’m sure, that I got the Two Against Nature music-video DVD, and I figure that with a few glasses of white wine on board, I’m willing to tackle it.
I get it – in word, deed, and eyegravity (that thing people do when they just sort of look at you until you’re embarassed enough to recant) that Steely Dan is no longer anyone’s favorite band. I have my doubts that they ever were. I’m serious. You’d like ‘em, sure, but you’d say Brubeck, Bechet, or – hell, even Bacharach before you gave Dan the top slot.
C: Tell me your favorite band.
X: Oh, Steely Dan, definitely.
X: Well, I mean – okay, so I always liked what Traffic did with “Low Spark” better.
Dan fans – of which I’d count myself among, at least in the pedestrian cadre – have to put up with the reality that along with everyone else, they too have to tolerate a strategic volley of musical squickery that leaves The Grand House Steely as that uncle with enough tribal casino debt and the resultant ankle monitor that gets everyone at the Christmas party changing the subject and finding the far punch bowl instead of the near one.
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