Active since: 1972 Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
Steely Dan has been more of a conceptual framework for inventive music-making than a typical rock band. Spearheaded by a pair of resourceful musical auteurs Donald Fagen and Walter Becker - they have done nothing by the books since launching Steely Dan in 1972. The band’s very name is a scatological reference from a novel by Beat Generation anti-hero William Burroughs. Though Steely Dan recorded prolifically for much of the Seventies, they toured for only a brief spell early in that decade, deciding they much preferred the studio to the road. This allowed them to craft a wry, nuanced and hyper-literate series of albums - seven in all, released from 1972 to 1980 - that are highly regarded by connoisseurs of pop hooks, jazz harmony and desiccating wit....
Can't Buy a Thrill
Countdown to Ecstasy
The Royal Scam
Alive in America
A Decade of Steely Dan
Two Against Nature
Show Biz Kids: The Steely Dan Story 1972-80
Everything Must Go
The Definitive Collection
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