The Case Against Steely Dan for Being Secretly Awesome, or at Least ‘baggers.

Exhibit A:

Pinko Punko said,

July 1, 2005 at 10:03

I think you might appreciate this Steely Dan conversation that came up the other day with my friend.

Pinko Punko said:

Clearly the most elitist liberal band in the whole universe is Steely Dan. They are so elite even their session players don’t get it. Some people have an aversion to them like fingernails on a blackboard, and that is just family. Yet even Tony Soprano sings along to “Dirty Work.” “I’m a fool to do your dirty work, oh yeah”. Even The Random Randroid likes that song. In fact he’s pissed because now he can’t get that *ucker out of his head.

The Uncanny Canadian said…
I don’t want non-elitists to understand Steely Dan. It would suggest some breakdown in the educational system that they would get how awesome Steely Dan is. And f*ck, do you think Donald Fagen gives a rat’s ass whether his whored-out session player knows why he’s playing an acid jazz rhumba?

Gavin M. said,

July 1, 2005 at 10:13

But what’s so hard to understand about Steely Dan? Upper-middle-class New York Jews with a blues fetish and a Brill Building background graduate from Vassar and move to LA, hiring ace studio whizzes against a background of giant doobies and cocaine.

Like, what else would result?

Exhibit B: Steely Dan offers unsolicited advice on hotel stationery to Luke Wilson.

Actor Owen “Butterscotch Stallion” is deposed:

In a statement released by his spokeswoman, Ina Treciokas, Wilson said: “I have never heard the song ‘Cousin Dupree’ and I don’t even know who this gentleman, Mr. Steely Dan, is. I hope this helps to clear things up and I can get back to concentrating on my new movie, ‘HEY 19.’ “

Exhibit C, the awesomest exhibit, Messrs. Becker and Fagen go to the well, also on hotel stationery, address Wes Anderson’s directorial career.

The prosecution rests.

I’m confident that Steely Dan will be declared Ministers of Cobaggery. They deserve a Golden Onion Wiener.

14 Responses to “The Case Against Steely Dan for Being Secretly Awesome, or at Least ‘baggers.”

  • Reminds me of a friend from grad school that used to go on tirades at the local music stores regarding their alphabetization of bands. He’d always check Van Morrison, Van Halen, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan &tc. and had quite elaborate alphabetizing rationales for the “the bands” (The Who, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Cure). He’d always stop and chuckle at “The The.” And of course there was Thee Headcoatees, which I think blew his mind. Eventually he’d put the stores on notice and if they didn’t take his suggestions he’d pretty much reorder the music himself.

  • I’m kind of sad about all the bands that have screwed themselves out of the internet age. The The essentially are unsearchable online by band name, since many places don’t allow “” searches. Poor Matt Johnson.

  • I wonder if he has an iPod? If so he’s probably well on his way to the loony bin.

  • Oh hell, even Google, which allows a search for “the the” doesn’t show much for these guys. Deserved obscurity, I would say.

  • Or maybe just pitchperfect, I don’t know.

  • The Uncanny Canadian

    I will be happy to present the award to them when I see them live on August 27th. I will be kneeling before my false idols and wearing my white tuxedo. You’ll know me since I’ll be riding by, bareback on my armadillo. And finally, finally then, they will fear the monkey in my soul.


  • GAAAH!

    Does this mean Mr. Mr. is gone forever?

    Oh, how I never knew thee!

  • The Uncanny Canadian

    Funny, GS! I think if you properly combined Rolling Stone’s Monkey Man and Steely Dan’s Monkey In Your Soul, we would finally understand the essence of the universe.

  • Never saddle an armadillo.

  • Never saddle an armadillo.

    An emu rancher from Amarillo taught me to never saddle an armadillo.

  • peccadillo brillio imbroglio .. ok that last one doesn’t work but it’s a cool word

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