Adventures of a University Finalist

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

These Men Don't Give A Fuck



Steely Dan - Bodhisattva
Steely Dan - My Old School

Walter Becker and Donald Fagen - 70's jazz popster enfant terribles AKA Steely Dan. Steely Dan are a name well known in my household due to my Dad's sincere adoration for them but they're not really a band that I feel have really touched that many heart here in Ol' Blighty although I may be wrong.
Becker, Fagen and their various session musicians (although it hadn't quite reached that point when these songs were recorded as guys like Jeff "Skunk" Baxter were still band members) created some perfect songs, some may say too perfect, and within these gorgeous compostions there, more often than not, lurked a significant lyrical sting in the tail.
Both of these tracks are taken off the Dan's second official album, following the sacking of original vocalist David Palmer, Countdown to Ecstasy. 'Bodhisattva', the opener on the album, is mostly instrumental and shows the sheer musical brilliance that the band could conjure up with its intricate guitar lines, pulsing drum beat and... it's superb just listen. 'My Old School', on the other hand, although as good on the musical front with its horns and tinkling piano is even better for its lyrical bite spat out by Fagen.
The duo have suffered a renaissance of sorts recently when they rejoined to make their first studio album in twenty years, 'Two Against Nature' in 2000 that I believe won a Grammy or two. The Farrelly Brothers showed their pretty great musical taste too when they compromised most of their soundtrack for the otherwise dire, 'Me, Myself and Irene' of Steely Dan covers by the likes of Wilco, the Brian Setzer Orchestra and the Ben Folds Five.
On the personal front, zilch is happening except writing an essay on South East Asia which is rather mind numbing but shoudl hopefully be done before I post again on Friday.
Note: The titles refers to the Super Furry Animals' song 'The Man Don't Give a Fuck' which samples Steely Dan's 'Showbiz Kids''s foul-mouthed invective to brilliant effect.

Buy - Steely Dan - Countdown to Ecstasy
Visit - The Official Steely Dan site