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    Favorite Steely Dan Song (AIB: Luckless Pedestrians nick)

    No way to do a poll, just too much good material. But do you have a favorite that probably isn't in the normal list? If so, any reason why?

    Mine... Pearl of the Quarter (Track 7 on Countdown to Ecstasy), which has some interesting memories attached from my first visit to NOLA. I don't think I've ever heard another Dan Fan list it as their #1.

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    My favorite is My Old School, but it wasn't an easy choice.

    MY OLD SCHOOL
    Oleanders growing outside her door
    Soon they're gonna be in bloom
    Up in Annandale
    I can't stand her
    Doing what she did before
    Living like a gypsy queen
    In a fairy tale
    Well I hear the whistle but I can't go
    I'm gonna take her down to Mexico
    She said oh no
    Guadalajara won't do

    California tumbles into the sea
    That'll be the day I go
    Back to Annandale
    Tried to warn you
    About Chino and Daddy Gee
    But I can't seem to get to you
    Through the U.S. Mail
    Well I hear the whistle but I can't go
    I'm gonna take her down to Mexico
    She said oh no
    Guadalajara won't do

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    I just saw Steely Dan live for the first time last week at the Jazz Fest. Great show! BEK and I actually had this conversation right after their set. My knowledge of their work is primarily limited to compilation CD's like "Gold" and "Showbiz Kids," although I do have "Aja," which happens to contain my 2 favorite songs - "Hey Nineteen" and "Black Cow." It's hard to choose between the 2. "Do It Again" falls right behind them.
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    "Peg" without a doubt. I play it alot in my sets.
    I am recognizing that the voice inside my head
    is urging me to be myself but never follow someone else
    Because opinions are like voices we all have a different kind". --Q-Tip

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    Quote Originally posted by the north omaha star View post
    "Peg" without a doubt. I play it alot in my sets.
    wow - impressive - there are a couple of difficult parts in that song too

    and the voice-overs are outrageously done by Michael McDonald! pick up or rent a copy of "the making of aja", it's great insight in that song as well as the whole release! the story is great too - ala you're so vain

    I cannot pick one song since I am a rabid fan of steely dan, obviously - and thank youfor this thread, wow, I needed this today for certain!

    so I will do my top ten on-a-desert-island with steely dan compilation

    Only a Fool Would Say That - my husband can do that hispanic lines at the end perfectly
    Monkey in Your Soul (I finally saw this live, wow!)
    FM - can that bass line be any better?
    Kid Charlemagne (every A frame had your number on the wall...this is a great skeevy story) - they love doing this live, I have seen it done a lot and love it everytime
    Sign in Stranger is also a personal favorite, also from the Royal Scam release which I think is as good as gaucho was
    everything on aja is great but if I had to pick only one it would be I got the News, which is, btw, their least favorite song, they don't even discuss it on the making of aja film! aja should have gotten a Grammy for this release but guess what it was up against, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours so it didn't stand a chance
    gaucho is a great release and those lyrics, wow, it's like a movie! so again, if I had to pick one, I would pick the uplifting song that's about psychedelic drugs Time Out of Mind
    West of Hollywood from their let's make sure eminem does not go home with a trophy, Grammy award winning Two Against Nature release
    from everything must go, I'd say it's a cross between Pixeleen and Things I Miss the Most
    Here at the Western World is a little known track form 76 they did that I also really enjoy

    yes, I would have loved to have seen them at the jazz fest - sadly, this year is the first tour of theirs that I am missing and I am seriously bumming about it - the schedule just wouldn't work, the Boston shows are during the week and this weekend's show in CT doesn't work for us either -

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    Quote Originally posted by the north omaha star View post
    "Peg" without a doubt. I play it alot in my sets.
    I agree, it is in one of my favorite roadtrip iPod playlists, too. I also have it followed up with Hey Nineteen.



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    I can only name one Steely Dan song (Reelin in the Years)
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    Quote Originally posted by the north omaha star View post
    "Peg" without a doubt. I play it alot in my sets.
    Hey! We play it too! I wish we played more. I have been working on an arrangement of "Caves of Altamira" but it might not be right our band (mostly dance music).

    Far from my favorite song, though.

    I love so many of their songs it is nearly impossible. When people ask, I usually say, Gaucho. Don't know why.

    GAUCHO

    Just when I say
    "Boy we can't miss
    You are golden"
    Then you do this
    You say this guy is so cool
    Snapping his fingers like a fool
    One more expensive kiss-off
    Who do you think I am

    Lord I know you're a special friend
    But you don't seem to understand
    We got heavy rollers
    I think you should know
    Try again tomorrow

    Can't you see they're laughing at me
    Get rid off him
    I don't care what you do at home
    Would you care to explain

    Who is the gaucho amigo
    Why is he standing
    In your spangled leather poncho
    And your elevator shoes
    Bodacious cowboys
    Such as your friend
    Will never be welcome here

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    ....
    And when you smile for a camera
    I know I'll love you better

    Peg
    It will come back to you
    Peg
    It will come back to you
    Then the shutter falls
    You see it all in 3-D
    It's your favorite foreign movie
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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker View post
    My favorite is My Old School, but it wasn't an easy choice.
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    Can't pick just one, I like too many.

    OK, so if I had to pick just one and only one, it would be ...

    Wait don't rush me on this.
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    I would have to go with Peg...but I also don't know a lot of titles to SD songs...but love them when I hear them.
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    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    ....and the voice-overs are outrageously done by Michael McDonald! ...
    I hate Michael McDonald. He ruined the Doobie Brothers. Tom Johnston was the only singer for the DB's. Damn, all my freaking DBs cds are in a freaking land fill in freaking north Idaho...

    I'd like to hear some funky Dixieland
    pretty mama come and take me by the hand

    Guess I need to get on Amazon and get some of those old CDs. Da-yam!
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake View post
    I hate Michael McDonald. He ruined the Doobie Brothers. Tom Johnston was the only singer for the DB's. Damn, all my freaking DBs cds are in a freaking land fill in freaking north Idaho...

    I'd like to hear some funky Dixieland
    pretty mama come and take me by the hand

    Guess I need to get on Amazon and get some of those old CDs. Da-yam!
    sigh.... You never play anything pre-2000 around me! You are full of surprises online.
    BTW, M McDonald was just fine. Gregg Allman was better, though. (as long as you're discussing old guys...)

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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess View post
    sigh.... You never play anything pre-2000 around me! You are full of surprises online.
    BTW, M McDonald was just fine. Gregg Allman was better, though. (as long as you're discussing old guys...)

    You like zydeco? I like it!
    Oh yeah. I like the Allman Bros.

    WTF is zydeco?
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake View post
    Oh yeah. I like the Allman Bros.

    WTF is zydeco?
    The Louisianans are gonna slap you silly for that.

    I had a 3-CD collection but it's disappeared, like a lot of other stuff over the years. I'll have some for you to listen to by next weekend. Party music!

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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake View post
    I hate Michael McDonald. He ruined the Doobie Brothers. Tom Johnston was the only singer for the DB's. Damn, all my freaking DBs cds are in a freaking land fill in freaking north Idaho...

    I'd like to hear some funky Dixieland
    pretty mama come and take me by the hand

    Guess I need to get on Amazon and get some of those old CDs. Da-yam!
    Off-topic:

    David: Hey, Paula.

    Paula: Yeah?

    David: I gotta tell you something. I'm really excited about it. Uh, for the first time, today, I woke up, I came to the store, and I - I feel confident to say to you that if you don't take this Michael McDonald DVD - that you've been playing for two years straight - off, I'm going to kill everyone in the store and put a bullet in my brain!

    Paula: David, what do you suggest we play?

    David: I don't care. Anything! I would rather - I would rather watch "Beautician And The Beast". I would rather listen to Fran Drescher for eight hours than have to listen to Michael McDonald. Nothin' against him, but if I hear "Yah Mo B There" one more time, I'm going to Yah Mo Burn This Place To The Ground.
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    'Reeling in the Years' was the first Steely Dan song I ever heard and has stood the test of time to be considered my favorite SD song as well.
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