Gaucho Poll

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I expect the first 3 tracks to dominate.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Gaucho 18
Babylon Sisters 17
Hey Nineteen 7
Glamour Profession 6
Time Out of Mind 6
My Rival 1
Third World Man1


ablaeser, Sunday, 13 July 2008 03:00 (twelve years ago) link

Hey Nineteen

groovemaaan, Sunday, 13 July 2008 09:04 (twelve years ago) link

Gaucho, taken as a whole album, is better than the sum of its parts, making a poll like this difficult. Having said that, Hey 19 gets my nostalgia vote as the first Steely Dan song to make an impression on me growing up. It also nails that world-weary, too-slick/polished, creepy, sort-of passionless vibe of the disc better than anything else on it.

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 13 July 2008 10:43 (twelve years ago) link

"Glamour Profession" on a whim. Really strongly tempted to vote for the title track.

Noodle Vague, Sunday, 13 July 2008 10:48 (twelve years ago) link

"One more expensive kiss-off, who do you think I am..."

Arghn, Sunday, 13 July 2008 12:30 (twelve years ago) link

The title track, narrowly over "Hey Nineteen" and "Third World Man."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 13 July 2008 12:56 (twelve years ago) link

Hey Nineteen or Gaucho or the guitar solo on Third World Man. Haven't decided yet.

sonderangerbot, Sunday, 13 July 2008 14:40 (twelve years ago) link

only SD poll I didn't have to think about for more than 2 seconds, Babylon Sisters all the way

some dude, Sunday, 13 July 2008 16:13 (twelve years ago) link

otm

Zeno, Sunday, 13 July 2008 16:14 (twelve years ago) link

Several months back, I would have picked Babylon Sisters with no hesitation. But lately, I've really been feeling the title track. Love that swishing, chiming synth pad that sneaks in during the chorus. Really, every song on this album is great.

Moodles, Sunday, 13 July 2008 22:38 (twelve years ago) link

Really, every song on this album is great.

otm times a billion

HI DERE, Sunday, 13 July 2008 23:11 (twelve years ago) link

I'm constantly amazed at how smooth Glamour Profession is while naigating through the ups and downs of a truly complex chord progression. Each bar enters a slightly altered mood from the last. And the horns have the sleaziness of a really cheap horror film.

Moodles, Sunday, 13 July 2008 23:56 (twelve years ago) link

"you got to shake it baby,you got to shake it..."

drone/a/sore, Monday, 14 July 2008 00:13 (twelve years ago) link

Babylon Sisters all the way

baaderonixx, Monday, 14 July 2008 09:00 (twelve years ago) link

only song I don't really love on here is 'my rival'. could almost vote for 'hey nineteen' or 'gaucho,' but I totally have to go with 'babylon sisters'. this album is the ultimate dan grower.

original bgm, Monday, 14 July 2008 15:08 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah I always skip "My Rival"

baaderonixx, Monday, 14 July 2008 15:17 (twelve years ago) link

It's the last song I "got." It's all about the backing vocals.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 14 July 2008 15:21 (twelve years ago) link

for me it was between time out of mind and gaucho aka "jackin' for chords" and I had to go with the latter for its gorgeous development. but the time change in "time out of mind," Jesus Christ. the only album I know of where a twenty-year break seems like the band's only logical response.

J0hn D., Monday, 14 July 2008 15:51 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, everything about "Gaucho" is so well-developed. I mentioned on the other thread that I can't think of any song with such subtly deployed irony; Fagen's confidence is such that I can't disentangle the contempt for the Gaucho and his self-identification.

For years I couldn't figure out what the backing vocals were saying when they took over on the chorus (nearly drowning out Fagen, which is another great tactic).

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 14 July 2008 16:00 (twelve years ago) link

*FROM his self-identification.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 14 July 2008 16:00 (twelve years ago) link

I am sure we've already done this, but it still is "Babylon Sisters"

Geir Hongro, Monday, 14 July 2008 19:42 (twelve years ago) link

voted title track, but it wasn't easy. first three are pretty hard to top -- not just w/r/t to Gaucho, but SD's entire catalog.

will, Monday, 14 July 2008 19:46 (twelve years ago) link

Voted Babylon Sisters

iago g., Monday, 14 July 2008 19:49 (twelve years ago) link

Like the rest of ILM, I feel this is the most underrated Steely Dan album. While I still like "Aja" and "Pretzel Logic" better, the first three tracks here are downright fantastic. But I still come back to "Babylon Sisters" because it has some fantastic chords and chord changes, and is also possibly the ultimate hi-fi classic among the Steely Dan tracks.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 14 July 2008 19:53 (twelve years ago) link

you gotta give Geir an OTM when he's OTM: I've sat down with the sheet music to "Babylon Sisters," and those changes are fucking CHOICE.

J0hn D., Monday, 14 July 2008 20:09 (twelve years ago) link

Easily the title track for me (the glowing vocals of the chorus, fantastic lyrics), followed by "Time Out of Mind" or "Babylon Sisters"

Joe, Monday, 14 July 2008 20:34 (twelve years ago) link

title track wins it for me.

the table is the table, Monday, 14 July 2008 20:57 (twelve years ago) link

It's the last song I "got." It's all about the backing vocals.

-- Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, July 14, 2008 3:21 PM (6 hours ago)

man, this is just a general steely dan truth! just saw them live and people were FLIPPING OUT during the "you'vegottoshakeitbaby" bits in babylon sisters.

original bgm, Monday, 14 July 2008 22:11 (twelve years ago) link

skate a little lower

PappaWheelie V, Monday, 14 July 2008 23:30 (twelve years ago) link

I have a theory that his rival in My Rival is Billy Joel, though I don't think I can prove that it's true...

Moodles, Tuesday, 15 July 2008 00:58 (twelve years ago) link

I can imagine Billy Joel stinking like a prickly pear.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 15 July 2008 01:03 (twelve years ago) link

Good as it is, this is where they started to run out of melodies and had to settle for grooves instead. (But I have to admit I considered voting for "Glamour Profession" before picking "Time Out of Mind."

Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 15 July 2008 01:08 (twelve years ago) link

If My Rival was replaced with The Second Arrangement, this would be the best album ever, period.

ozbash, Tuesday, 15 July 2008 02:07 (twelve years ago) link

yeah, I like "Second Arrangement" more than most of the songs that made the cut.

some dude, Tuesday, 15 July 2008 02:08 (twelve years ago) link

where is it available?

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 15 July 2008 02:12 (twelve years ago) link

I got it off of some Steely Dan Archive site that appears to no longer exist, but it seems to be out there on bootlegs as much as any other SD outtakes/demos.

some dude, Tuesday, 15 July 2008 02:18 (twelve years ago) link

I'll leave my Soulseek on tonight if anyone wants it

iago g., Tuesday, 15 July 2008 02:37 (twelve years ago) link

I forgot to mention that I voted for "Hey Nineteen." I'm surprised by the love for the title track, which I find a little boring.

ablaeser, Wednesday, 16 July 2008 23:49 (twelve years ago) link

my rival is pretty dope, i think. love the keyboards.

omar little, Thursday, 17 July 2008 00:00 (twelve years ago) link

it's got that great tinny synth solo.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 17 July 2008 00:25 (twelve years ago) link

one dollar used to be a whole lot but it hardly worth shit today

Noodle Vague, Thursday, 17 July 2008 03:55 (twelve years ago) link

2nd Arrangement is pretty overrated, I find

baaderonixx, Thursday, 17 July 2008 07:19 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Friday, 18 July 2008 23:01 (twelve years ago) link

I went with "Babylon Sisters" mostly because you can hear Green Gartside and his chirpers in the exchange "So fine so young/Tell me I'm the only one." Think maybe he got the idea for Cupid & Psyche 85, if not his entire career, from listening to Steely Dan?

Kevin John Bozelka, Saturday, 19 July 2008 15:47 (twelve years ago) link

"Babylon Sisters" for me

Man I love the Dan so much

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Saturday, 19 July 2008 18:21 (twelve years ago) link

I decided to go with Gaucho, mostly because it proves that they were not out of melodies. That song has so many hooks it could make an album.

sonderangerbot, Saturday, 19 July 2008 18:59 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Saturday, 19 July 2008 23:01 (twelve years ago) link

mostly because it proves that they were not out of melodies.

Keith Jarrett begged to differ.

Kevin John Bozelka, Sunday, 20 July 2008 00:06 (twelve years ago) link

whoa, surprising that babylon sisters didn't take this.

original bgm, Sunday, 20 July 2008 18:44 (twelve years ago) link

I am shocked that Hey Nineteen didn't walk away with it.

ablaeser, Sunday, 20 July 2008 18:46 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, don't look for hard rockin' on this one -- all the intensity is in the intricacies of the chord changes, the way in which the rhythm section interacts with the guitars and sax, and Fagen's voice. It's an album whose virtues are difficult to proselytize about.

it's also hilarious - their funniest record?

i know what ppl mean when they say it sounds kinda lethargic tho. it's pretty impressively world-weary for 2 guys that were barely out of their 20s.

jabba hands, Monday, 29 March 2010 03:17 (ten years ago) link

xpost

True, it doesn't exactly rock hard. All the edges have been air brushed clean and songs glide along on a cloud of coked up glory.

Moodles, Monday, 29 March 2010 03:46 (ten years ago) link

And that's one reason why I love it so much.

Moodles, Monday, 29 March 2010 03:46 (ten years ago) link

god, I love this album so much.

original bgm, Monday, 29 March 2010 04:09 (ten years ago) link

and def their funniest record for "gaucho" alone.

original bgm, Monday, 29 March 2010 04:11 (ten years ago) link

also -

it's pretty impressively world-weary for 2 guys that were barely out of their 20s.

this kind of just blew my mind.

original bgm, Monday, 29 March 2010 04:14 (ten years ago) link

living hard will take its toll

original bgm, Monday, 29 March 2010 04:19 (ten years ago) link

anyone with a big heart want to rapidshare or torrent us the lost gaucho and katy lied demos? would be eternally grateful!

iago g., Monday, 29 March 2010 13:53 (ten years ago) link

I got you on the gaucho outtakes, but it's going to have to wait for tomorrow

ain't no thang but a chicken ㅋ (dyao), Monday, 29 March 2010 13:59 (ten years ago) link

thanks dyao! that's really nice of you

iago g., Monday, 29 March 2010 14:21 (ten years ago) link

np

I imagine this is the kind of album you listen to in a lawn chair on your rooftop overlooking the city, watching the dull sun set slowly into the horizon

ain't no thang but a chicken ㅋ (dyao), Monday, 29 March 2010 14:25 (ten years ago) link

With coke in your nose and a young girl on your dick.

this record makes me never want to go to work again.

Wishes he picked a cooler name. Fat. (will), Monday, 29 March 2010 14:33 (ten years ago) link

My favorite Dan record. Has the feeling of a collection of short stories. Would've voted Time Out Of Mind or Glamour Profession, but there's really no going wrong on this platter and F U MY RIVAL IS CLASSIC.

Bonnie Prince Stabby (Jon Lewis), Monday, 29 March 2010 15:08 (ten years ago) link

bodacious cowboys

hobbes, Monday, 29 March 2010 22:39 (ten years ago) link

glad to see the love. my favorite dan too. can't really play it in the winter though

sonderangerbot, Monday, 29 March 2010 22:53 (ten years ago) link

gaucho outtakes:

http://www.mediafire.com/?yd12zyjrjmu

would love to hear katy lied demos, hint hint

ain't no thang but a chicken ㅋ (dyao), Wednesday, 31 March 2010 03:35 (ten years ago) link

thanks dyao. if i ever get the kay lied demos, i'll figure out how to post them...had them once, they are really great, particularly "mr. sam" an amazing unreleased song

iago g., Wednesday, 31 March 2010 05:07 (ten years ago) link

yo i found the katy lied demos/outtakes just on blogs via google search

bodacious cowboy (hobbes), Wednesday, 31 March 2010 07:44 (ten years ago) link

http://greenalienchick.blogspot.com/2009/08/steely-dan-katy-lied-outtakes-rough.html

thanks, hobbes

iago g., Wednesday, 31 March 2010 07:56 (ten years ago) link

thanks! didn't realize there were so many gaucho outtakes out there. (I had one discs worth.)

original bgm, Wednesday, 31 March 2010 13:59 (ten years ago) link

three weeks pass...

CHILDREN WE HAVE IT RIGHT HERE

nine months pass...

god, even the outtakes are gold.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9Qpo4hxJys

original bgm, Tuesday, 1 February 2011 03:26 (nine years ago) link

lol at that vid btw

original bgm, Tuesday, 1 February 2011 03:26 (nine years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EI3bPC4O8U

You're all off your nut. It's Pretty Purdie on the drums. Take a listen to the purdie shuffle. You done it...you done hired the hitmaker.No one but!
jupiterjazz 1 week ago

original bgm, Tuesday, 1 February 2011 03:29 (nine years ago) link

isn't Purdie nuts? was his'i played on 21 Beatles songs instead of Ringo' story ever mentioned on ILX?

piscesx, Tuesday, 1 February 2011 03:48 (nine years ago) link

Wow! "The Bear" is awesome.

Rich Lolwry (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 1 February 2011 04:05 (nine years ago) link

if you guys haven't heard 'second arrangement' ya prob should

iatee, Tuesday, 1 February 2011 04:10 (nine years ago) link

yeah Second Arrangement KILLS.

piscesx, Tuesday, 1 February 2011 21:16 (nine years ago) link

I heard it a few years ago, but I prefer "The Bear" for the clavinet and Fagen's vocal.

Rich Lolwry (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 1 February 2011 21:17 (nine years ago) link

yeah, "second arrangement" is killer, no doubt about it. and though I find the low fidelity on both of the takes I've heard charming, I can't help but wonder what the song would sound like given the pristine dan treatment. it really seems to beg for it - it just pops.

but "the bear" is a sparser, dirtier groove. I may prefer it as well, given the circumstances.

original bgm, Tuesday, 1 February 2011 23:33 (nine years ago) link

two months pass...

man, the riff that kicks off "second arrangement" is SO GOOD. love it!!

original bgm, Monday, 18 April 2011 01:32 (nine years ago) link

I'll repeat: "The Bear" is terrific, especially how it builds to the chorus punch line.

it's true. gaucho has slowly worked its way to the top of the dan releases for me. but if "second arrangement" and "the bear" were on it too? damn.

original bgm, Monday, 18 April 2011 01:51 (nine years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Alfred's repping for "Third World Man" in other threads has really raised its reputation in my view

― dyao, Monday, October 12, 2009

I never saw this post but am getting teary about it. Thanks!

I'm listening to "Time Out of Mind."

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 8 April 2012 03:22 (eight years ago) link

Would probably switch my vote to "Third World Man" nowadays.

Kevin John Bozelka, Sunday, 8 April 2012 03:43 (eight years ago) link

I love this album but will always consider Aja its superior

same old song and placenta (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Sunday, 8 April 2012 04:56 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

it really is mind-blowing that fagen and becker were 32 and 30 respectively when this album was released. the recording sessions began when they were 30 and 28!

christmas candy bar (al leong), Sunday, 12 May 2013 07:23 (seven years ago) link

eleven months pass...

glamour profession got fucking robbed here

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Monday, 5 May 2014 06:55 (six years ago) link

it's been six years i think we're due for another gaucho poll

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Monday, 5 May 2014 06:56 (six years ago) link

If you're gonna do one make it weighted

, Monday, 5 May 2014 07:08 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

I'll have to give that title track another chance. I'm not a fan of this album (a lot of it feels boring), but even though it's the least of their 1972-1980 run of releases, it's still okay. There's some fine stuff, and "Hey Nineteen" and "Time Out of Mind" are great singles. (The latter was even the highlight of both Steely Dan shows that I've seen over the years, thanks to the addition of an extended solo from Fagen.)

birdistheword, Sunday, 16 August 2020 00:17 (three months ago) link

Title track is my favorite, too.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Sunday, 16 August 2020 00:21 (three months ago) link

soon you’ll throw down your disguise
we’ll see behind those briiiiiight eyes

mozzy star (voodoo chili), Sunday, 16 August 2020 02:17 (three months ago) link

Gaucho outtakes poll would be more interesting

calstars, Sunday, 16 August 2020 02:46 (three months ago) link

glamour profession got fucking robbed here

― i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Monday, 5 May 2014 07:55 (six years ago) bookmarkflaglink

Master of Treacle, Sunday, 16 August 2020 02:57 (three months ago) link

for me, the right answer is clearly track 1 or track 2

brimstead, Sunday, 16 August 2020 02:58 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

I regret to inform you that not enough people are shaking it

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la table sur la table (voodoo chili), Sunday, 15 November 2020 20:13 (one week ago) link

40 years old today

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