What better way to celebrate Walter Becker’s Feb. 20 birthday -- or yours, or heck, any other event -- than with a Steely Dan drinking song? Becker and his Steely Dan co-conspirator Donald Fagen have a penchant for namechecking libations in their songs. And given the characters that populate these tunes (whores,
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Few bands achieved their fame as head-scratchingly as Steely Dan. They weren’t rock-star handsome, they stopped touring after their third album and they rarely spoke to the media (and were often merciless towards their interviewers). Then there were the songs -- full of elliptical and acerbic
It took Donald Fagen nearly a quarter century to release his Nightfly Trilogy, which started with 1982’s ‘The Nightfly’ and wrapped up with 2006’s ‘Morph the Cat.’ ‘Sunken Condos,’ the fourth solo album by the Steely Dan singer, is a slightly looser record than its predecessors, with more emphasis on groove this time around. And it sounds like it could be the next chapter in the solo odyssey Fagen started 30 years ago.