Help me identify Steely-Dan-a-like pop music please

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Something softer from XTC's English Settlement or Skylarking. Maybe "English Roundabout", "Jason & The Argonauts", "Ballet For A Rainy Day" or "The Meeting Place".

donut debonair (donut), Monday, 23 May 2005 19:23 (9 years ago) Permalink

Scritti Politti - Cupid & Psyche 85

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Monday, 23 May 2005 21:01 (9 years ago) Permalink

French house

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Monday, 23 May 2005 21:01 (9 years ago) Permalink

High Llamas - Santa Barbara

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 23 May 2005 21:04 (9 years ago) Permalink

Liam "Plush" Hayes

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 23 May 2005 21:04 (9 years ago) Permalink

As a musical matter (only), ian totally otm

gabbneb (gabbneb), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 00:44 (9 years ago) Permalink

"Smoke From a Distant Fire," Sanford Townsend Band
"Steal Away," Robbie Dupree
"This is It," etc., Kenny Loggins

NB: If you don't dig the Dan, the above lite-rockers may be even rougher on your earhole.

Also search Boz Scaggs -- anything on 'Silk Degrees' is tops. And there's Barbra Streisand's version of the pre-SD Becker/Fagen composition "I Mean to Shine." Come to think of it, 'Dusty in Memphis' might not be *too* far afield. Or the Style Council?

Maybe a good dose of '70s soul, too -- Spinners, O'Jays, Al Wilson's "Show and Tell." Whenever I've DJed, I've found you can't go wrong with pretty much anything on 'Off the Wall.'

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 01:42 (9 years ago) Permalink

Sorry for the tortured syntax of that last sentence. Just what I get for posting sober.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 01:44 (9 years ago) Permalink

Becker and/or Fagen = fans of Ian Dury, Donna Summer's "Turn Out the Lights" and (if I'm remembering correctly) Dr. Buzzard.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 01:46 (9 years ago) Permalink

Hall & Oates

or play some hip hop that's sampled the dan:

Royal Scam: (ABC 1975)
* "Green Earring"
Zimbabwe Legit - "Legitimate Mix"
Ice Cube - "Don't Trust 'Em"
Organized Konfusion - "Walk into the Sun"
* "The Fez"
All Saints - "I Know Where it's At"
Brothers Like Outlaw - "Trapped into Darkness"

Countdown to Ecstasy: (MCA 1973)
* "Showbiz Kids"
Super Furry Animals - "The Man Don't Give a Fuck"

Aja: (MCA 1977)
* "Peg"
De la Soul - "Eye Know"
Goldie - "In the Land of Funk"
* "Black Cow"
MF Doom - "Gas Drawlz"
Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz - "Deja Vu"
Porn Theatre Ushers - "Me & Him"
Tatyana Ali - "Daydreamin'"
* "Home at Last"
Big Shug - "Stripped and Pistol Whipped"

FM soundtrack: (MCA 1978)
* "FM"
3rd Bass - "No Static at All"
3rd Bass - "Peg"
De la Soul - "Eye Know"

[that bastard] jaxon (jaxon), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 01:46 (9 years ago) Permalink

Or, for that matter, Super Furry Animals "Man Don't Give a Fuck"

mikef (mfleming), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:01 (9 years ago) Permalink

Traffic- Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

Orbit (Orbit), Tuesday, 24 May 2005 03:15 (9 years ago) Permalink

6 years pass...

All over this stuff like now. More recs welcome. The Nightfly is so great!

rrrobyn van pursuit (admrl), Thursday, 16 February 2012 16:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

There is some group that I heard five years or so ago. 21st century band, ~~maybe~~ from Chicago, with a one-word name like "Keys" or "Soup" or "Chords" or something really dumb and hard to search for.

They had that Dan sound to a tee and sounded pretty good out on the front porch. Have not been able to hear them since.

pplains, Thursday, 16 February 2012 16:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Who are they?

used to have a crush on Dawn from En Vogue (admrl), Thursday, 23 February 2012 23:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Huh. If they were from Chicago, you'd think I'd know who it was.

Baby Teeth?

Ascot Fitzgerald (jaymc), Thursday, 23 February 2012 23:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

You WOULD think

used to have a crush on Dawn from En Vogue (admrl), Thursday, 23 February 2012 23:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Right?

Ascot Fitzgerald (jaymc), Thursday, 23 February 2012 23:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

yes

used to have a crush on Dawn from En Vogue (admrl), Thursday, 23 February 2012 23:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Baby Soup?

used to have a crush on Dawn from En Vogue (admrl), Thursday, 23 February 2012 23:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Prefab Sprout a little bit...weren't there other British sophistipop bands that were sort of Dan-esque?

Iago Galdston, Friday, 24 February 2012 00:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

JD Souther- Black Rose

President Keyes, Friday, 24 February 2012 02:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

More in the Gaucho zone:

(Two of the guys in the second clip formed Mr. Mister.)

(Third clip not really in the Gaucho zone, but wouldn't sound out of place before or after "Time Out of Mind" or whatever.)

Andy K, Friday, 24 February 2012 02:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

the brecker brothers - more like a funkified, fusionesque dan w/ plenty of horn vamps but really in the SD zone compositionally-wise

cock chirea, Friday, 24 February 2012 02:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

These are the guys who win best jazz solo at the Grammys every year?

Ascot Fitzgerald (jaymc), Friday, 24 February 2012 02:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Prefab Sprout a little bit...weren't there other British sophistipop bands that were sort of Dan-esque?

china crisis are prob the more dan-esque of the bunch. 3rd record produced by WB, btw

cock chirea, Friday, 24 February 2012 03:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

1st china crisis album is splendid mellow guitar pop but not v. Steely Dan-ish.

lost dion/tomita collab (blank), Friday, 24 February 2012 05:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

(imo)

lost dion/tomita collab (blank), Friday, 24 February 2012 05:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm just saying "highly recommended"

lost dion/tomita collab (blank), Friday, 24 February 2012 05:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

man i loved this album when i was 19

buzza, Friday, 24 February 2012 06:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Karate was who I was thinking of. They're from the Windy City of Boston.

Like if someone's favorite album was Double Nickels on the Dime, and their favorite song from that record was "Dr. Wu".

pplains, Friday, 24 February 2012 14:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

These are the guys who win best jazz solo at the Grammys every year?

― Ascot Fitzgerald (jaymc), Thursday, February 23, 2012 9:54 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Also the guys who win best everything at music & life every year, bitch.

President Keyes, Saturday, 25 February 2012 02:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

For your consideration:

everything, Saturday, 25 February 2012 02:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Nice. Drums are too British tho.

President Keyes, Saturday, 25 February 2012 02:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wow, nobody mentioned this:

dlp9001, Saturday, 25 February 2012 02:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Spymob are the closest thing to a contemporary rock band that gives me a Steely Dan vibe

DNRIYHM NATION 1814 (some dude), Saturday, 25 February 2012 02:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

i see a big, big bob dylan influence in steely dan's music and sense of humor, so to me, whoever would be dan-ish would also have to be a little dylan-ish. who has that throughline? i hear the fugs in steely dan as much as i hear, say, some hot new whippersnapper with a lot of chords.

rayanne graff generator (get bent), Saturday, 25 February 2012 03:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

like, lcd soundsystem didn't sound anything like steely dan, but james murphy is a spiritual heir to the dan throne: dry sense of humor, jersey roots (like fagan), a consummate studio rat, great talent for writing melodies.

rayanne graff generator (get bent), Saturday, 25 February 2012 03:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

I haven't actually heard this album, but felt it most likely belongs on here:

http://www.theawl.com/2012/03/ian-mcshane-made-an-album-in-1992-would-you-want-to-listen-to-it

Moodles, Monday, 5 March 2012 21:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Having the seductive Michael McDonaldisms of From Both Sides Now wash over you instead is an experience not unlike discovering Duke Silver and his extensive following of saucy moms. "

Moodles, Monday, 5 March 2012 21:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

I finally got the China Crisis album last week.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 5 March 2012 21:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Phoenix are sorta Steely Dan updated for the 00s, aren't they?

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 12:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

You're so foreign.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 12:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

ecker and/or Fagen = fans of Ian Dury, Donna Summer's "Turn Out the Lights" and (if I'm remembering correctly) Dr. Buzzard.

where is this coming from? the Dan-Dury-Summer-Buzzard connection needs to be scientifically proven once and for all. damn it, that's Mount Popmore right there!

gospodin simmel, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 13:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

I can't believe this thread has existed for so long without anyone mentioning The High Llamas.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 13:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Howzat" by Sherbert

Super Furries had their SteelyDan side (and not just because of..)

Mark G, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 13:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

High Llamas - Santa Barbara

― gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 23 May 2005 21:04 (6 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

xp

Feebs K-Tel (NickB), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 13:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

the donna summer/dr buzzard/ian dury (and talking heads!) stuff is from here: http://www.granatino.com/sdresource/music1.htm

jabba hands, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 13:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost and xpost: also Microdisney posted above is music by the High Llamas guy...

dlp9001, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 13:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sorry folks. I missed that.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 13:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Chris Rea doesn't get a lot of love, but there's a couple of his songs that totally nail it.

Feebs K-Tel (NickB), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 14:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Walter Becker also produced albums for Rosie Vela and Fra Lillo Lippi in the mid 80s, although I am a bit unsure if they really sounded much like Steely Dan. Same about the Gary Katz-produced debut album by Love and Money. All three had the same picture perfect sound and playing, but not quite the same level of musicianship in the songwriting and harmonies.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 14:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wasn't Rosie Vela's basically with SDan as backing band?

Mark G, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 14:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think so. They've been working together a lot after disbanding Steely Dan, so no wonder they regrouped for two new Dan albums around 10 years ago.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 15:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

I reckon, btw, that Fagen's solo albums have sounded more Dan-like than Becker's and the one that as not produced by Becker as probably the most Dan-sounding of all (probably should have worked more with Gary Katz).

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 15:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Becker's last solo album Circus Money is the best Steely Dan album of the last 30 years

some dude, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 15:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Following up on the High Llamas comment, I think "Checking In, Checking Out" from Gideon Gaye is by far their most Steely Dan-like song. It sounds like a long lost track from Pretzel Logic.

Moodles, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 15:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

High Llamas are Steely Dan meets Beach Boys and Herb Alpert.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 20:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Steely Boys are Herb Dan meets Beach Llamas and High Alpert

jabba hands, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 20:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

There is something about The High Llamas which keeps drawing me back to them. They still make good albums. Never quite as good as Gideon Gaye, but certainly never bad albums. I will probably love all their albums when I really am on old git.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 22:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Seriously, you guys, this Mayer Hawthorne album...

jaymc, Friday, 20 December 2013 14:26 (7 months ago) Permalink

The Stepkids

signed, J.P. Morgan CEO (Hurting 2), Friday, 20 December 2013 14:59 (7 months ago) Permalink

The Stars Are Ours is basically an Aja/Gaucho version of Reelin In The Years

Master of Treacle, Friday, 20 December 2013 16:30 (7 months ago) Permalink

I've said it before but some Tokyo Jihen have a somewhat Steely Dannish sound. They are generally in Japanese though, so you if you are looking for lyrical similarity, that could be a problem.

Noudouteki Sanpunkan

Konya wa Karasawagi

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 20 December 2013 16:45 (7 months ago) Permalink


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