From: ‘Gaucho’ (1980)
The recording of the last album of Steely Dan’s commercial heyday, 1980’s ‘Gaucho,’ was fraught with complications. One song, the unreleased ‘The Second Arrangement,’ that didn’t take long to record – a rarity for them – was accidentally erased without having a backup copy. Becker — whose drug problem had gotten out of hand — broke his leg when he was hit by a car, which took him out of the studio for months. Worse, his girlfriend died of an overdose. As a result, the album is mostly uninspired and sterile, but it still has a handful of vintage Dan moments, notably the title track, ‘Babylon Sisters’ and this gem about a guy dealing with a midlife crisis by taking up with a much younger woman.