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Donald Fagen — New Frontier
Album: The Nightfly
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Released: 1982
Length: 6:20
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Yes we're gonna have a wingding
A summer smoker underground
It's just a dugout that my dad built
In case the reds decide to push the button down
We've got provisions and lots of beer
The key word is survival on the new frontier
Introduce me to that big blonde
She's got a touch of Tuesday Weld
She's wearing Ambush and a French twist
She's got us wild and she can tell
She loves to limbo, that much is clear
She's got the right dynamics for the new frontier
Well I can't wait 'til I move to the city
'Til I finally make up my mind
To learn design and study overseas
Have you got a steady boyfriend
Cause honey I've been watching you
I hear you're mad about Brubeck
I like your eyes, I like him too
He's an artist, a pioneer
We've got to have some music on the new frontier
Well I can't wait 'til I move to the city
'Til I finally make up my mind
To learn design and study overseas
Let's pretend that it's the real thing
And stay together all night long
And when I really get to know you
We'll open up the doors and climb into the dawn
Confess your passion your secret fear
Prepare to meet the challenge of the new frontier
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"Have you got a steady boyfriend?"

"Steady? No, uh, I wouldn’t say he’s steady. He'd like to meet you..."

 On_The_Beach wrote:

The question is, who is the real Tuesday Weld?

 
 
AND
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Captures the feeling of the 60s....dig it
One of the best opening lines of any song. A good tune as well.
 vincent7771lebert wrote:
Genres: Yacht rock.
Yeah baby
 
Cocktail rock?
Genres: Yacht rock.
Yeah baby
So, is this the New Frontier?
I reject the notion of others pressuring people to rate songs higher or lower. All art is extremely subjective and thus up to every individual to place higher or lower value on how the art moves them. This song is outstanding to me however that doesn't reach a 10. I guess my criteria for reaching 9 or 10 is more strict than others and possibly less than some, but thats the way it should be.
Wish I could play it again sam
"We've got provisions and lots of beer
The key word is survival on the new frontier"

When survival is stay home, this can be a big help.
Steely Dan!

(oh no, it isn't, or maybe it is.)
Here's the original music video, courtesy of Warner Records:

    Donald Fagen - New Frontier
music mastery. the whole album is great.
 khardog145 wrote:
Brilliant segue from Dave Brubeck.
 
Not only that, but Brubeck is mentioned in this song. @BillG is a genius when it comes to creating playlists.
 marysclark wrote:
Preceded by 'Blue Rondo a la Turk' and I'm mad about them both - thanks!
 

And again 6 months later! Love both songs, so thanks to Bill for this lovely combo.
Not really my kinda music, but dang it, still pretty Enjoyable - brings me back to parties my Parents had in the 70's. (That's a Good Thing.) Evokes memories of big hair and bearded dudes, polyester everything, shag carpet, customized vans, reel to reels, HUGE speakers, beaded babes in bell-bottoms and braids ~ and a lot of strange smells in the air...(wink wink, say no more)  
Layers & layers of vocals with a ton of Groove. Stylish shit indeed!
"Mad about Brubeck" - that's the link. Brilliant!
 coppergarden wrote:
Whenever Steely Dan shows up, I automatically hit PSD. When this song turned up, I went to the PSD button, but I discovered that this is NOT Steely Dan. I listened for a short time -- then I hit PSD.
 
And yet, you still took the time to post this comment. Great job.
Whenever Steely Dan shows up, I automatically hit PSD. When this song turned up, I went to the PSD button, but I discovered that this is NOT Steely Dan. I listened for a short time -- then I hit PSD.
I really don't mind long songs, but this one is wayyyyy too long.
Preceded by 'Blue Rondo a la Turk' and I'm mad about them both - thanks!
 masterhead wrote:
Have anybody seen the cow bell sketch on Saturday Night Live?
 

No. No one. Never.  
 khardog145 wrote:
Brilliant segue from Dave Brubeck.
 
Coincidentally I, also, am mad about Brubeck.
 cc_rider wrote:

The lyrics mention Brubeck... I wonder if Bill knew that when he built this set...
c.
 
I'm sure.
 hayduke2 wrote:

isn't that special! and one of those fabulous moments those super little ones send out to us as reminders of just what is COOL  : )
 
Yes, it's wonderful; they *know* they have to groove but aren't 
quite sure how, so they just bob up and down frantically, still holding on to whatever's keeping them upright, all the while displaying a huge smile or just laughing. Magic.


This song is about a bomb shelter during the cold war
Similar to Sting's voice !
 ninja_band wrote:
great song from a great album but fagen, as well as steely dan, are often a "love it"/"hate it" kind of sound
 
I appreciate both in small doses. There are a few outstanding tracks. This sounds very dated but it still has plenty of groove. 
Brilliant segue from Dave Brubeck.
 ColdMiser wrote:
Who is Tuesday Weld?
 
The question is, who is the real Tuesday Weld?

 
 gmichaelt wrote:
And cowbell, too!

 
Couldn't find the info, but it sounds quite like a LinnDrum with real drums played in overdub. Unless Roger Linn used this particular cowbell to sample his sounds.
Who is Tuesday Weld?
Had, the LP.  This is music you can actually see the patterns on the vinyl!


Great stuff.
I love it. The whole disc is good. Great to hear it on RP!
 Dave_Mack wrote:
Nicely positioned after Brubeck (Blue Rondo a la Turk)!

 
The lyrics mention Brubeck... I wonder if Bill knew that when he built this set...
c.
 BeenThereDoneThat wrote:
encapsulates everything that turned me into a fan of punk rock

 
Yeah! Musicianship, melody, subtlety, lyrics... who needs 'em?
And cowbell, too!
 BeenThereDoneThat wrote:
encapsulates everything that turned me into a fan of punk rock

 That's good too. to a degree. :-)


Nicely positioned after Brubeck (Blue Rondo a la Turk)!
 BeenThereDoneThat wrote:
encapsulates everything that turned me into a fan of punk rock

 

 oboyle wrote:
It may be my age (I was 6 in 1982), but the adult album alternative of those days speaks to my soul.

Things like this, everything Joe Jackson touched, and Roxy Music in the early eighties feel like my favorite pair of jeans.

If you get the same feeling, check out Kaputt from Destroyer.

 


and i'm going to have to check out your recommendation now. thanks.

 Reminds me of Night Flight's Atomic TV back in the day.

 


{#Devil_pimp} chester the nitefly sys very zesty!
encapsulates everything that turned me into a fan of punk rock
I had this LP.   You could see the beat on each of the tracks by looking at the grooves.

And this LP has lots of Groove!
 Zep wrote:
Hey - they got the Steely Dan beat!

 
or, steely dan had his beat.


A soft spot for this one as it was one of the very first pop (specifically non-classical) albums available on CD.
 DaMoGan wrote:

For some reason I'd rated this a 2, but I'm kind of digging this right now.  No idea what mood I was in when I originally rated it, but obviously it wasn't a good one. 2->7
 

 
I flipped like that with Steely Dan. Maybe it's an age thing, where you exchange fast, loud and passionate for clever, detached and catchy. 

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 
Could I rate -1{#Stop}
I have always dug the way Donald uses his Joisy squawk much like a horn in the hands of a true Jazz Man. & he's a keyboard genius!
very nice song!
Elevatormusic!

For some reason I'd rated this a 2, but I'm kind of digging this right now.  No idea what mood I was in when I originally rated it, but obviously it wasn't a good one. 2->7
 
Maybe the first all digital record with a nice sound.
I own it practically in any media it has been produced.
It may be my age (I was 6 in 1982), but the adult album alternative of those days speaks to my soul.

Things like this, everything Joe Jackson touched, and Roxy Music in the early eighties feel like my favorite pair of jeans.

If you get the same feeling, check out Kaputt from Destroyer.
 omersegev wrote:
One of the best.

Pay attention to the greatest Mr. Marcus Miller - playing the bassssssss 

 

Abraham Laboriel was playing the bass
 coloradojohn wrote:
It blows my mind that it's been so long since this burst upon the scene... Was really something then, and I still love it now. Clever & sly!
 
I have not heard this in years, and it's such a great groove!  Most excellent!  It's a great pair with its contemporary, Joe Jackson's "Steppin' Out."  
 Krispian wrote:
Gee, I wish I was wearing "Ambush and a French Twist"... Fagan is the cleverest songwriter EVER. "New Frontier" and "Cousin Dupree" are the funniest songs I've heard. btw, I will NEVER forget this: before my daughter learned how to walk, as most children do, she started moving around holding onto furniture. One day she was doing this when "New Frontier" came on. Well she stopped pulling herself along the coffee table and just started GROOVIN! So she danced before she walked! And what taste!
 
isn't that special! and one of those fabulous moments those super little ones send out to us as reminders of just what is COOL  : )
Love the cover photo, Is that you Bill?? :)
 omersegev wrote:
One of the best.

Pay attention to the greatest Mr. Marcus Miller - playing the bassssssss 

 
{#Guitarist}
One of the best.

Pay attention to the greatest Mr. Marcus Miller - playing the bassssssss 
It blows my mind that it's been so long since this burst upon the scene... Was really something then, and I still love it now. Clever & sly!
 Pedro1874 wrote:

{#Sunny}{#Notworthy}
 
exactly!
 
 OceanBlue wrote:
Coming straight off of Blue Rondo a la Turk...? Why did that transition feel so right? Je ne sais pas, et je ne veux pas savior... :)

Edit: Checked out the lyrics. Bill, you sly dog.

 
{#Sunny}{#Notworthy}
Wondering if the Dan detractors would prefer "11 Tracks of Whack." Walter Becker's first album is my favorite SD solo (though not particularly well received).
 OceanBlue wrote:
Coming straight off of Blue Rondo a la Turk...? Why did that transition feel so right? Je ne sais pas, et je ne veux pas savior... :)

 
And Fagen namechecks Brubeck in the lyric...clever one, that Mr. RadioParadise.


 OceanBlue wrote:
Coming straight off of Blue Rondo a la Turk...? Why did that transition feel so right? Je ne sais pas, et je ne veux pas savior... :)

 
Agree totally. You guys at RP really know how to put together a play list. 


beat is very disco
Coming straight off of Blue Rondo a la Turk...? Why did that transition feel so right? Je ne sais pas, et je ne veux pas savior... :)

Edit: Checked out the lyrics. Bill, you sly dog.

Yuch, I've just never been a fan of Steely Dan/Fagen.  Something about it just... grates!


jeez these instruments are so damn classy cool, just gotta stop and listen to the strength of this deceptively pop-but-smart piece
 GregX59 wrote:
So sweet... Like most Fagen / Dan tunes, the guitar work is incredible. Understated, laid back, and SO tasty. I think this was Fagen's first solo album, and it was excellent. It's all worthy of RP play.
 
So true, and yet "I.G.Y.", one of the best Fagen/Dan tunes ever, not to mention the first track on this CD, automatically gets rejected every time it's uploaded for consideration?

Gee, I wish I was wearing "Ambush and a French Twist"... Fagan is the cleverest songwriter EVER. "New Frontier" and "Cousin Dupree" are the funniest songs I've heard. btw, I will NEVER forget this: before my daughter learned how to walk, as most children do, she started moving around holding onto furniture. One day she was doing this when "New Frontier" came on. Well she stopped pulling herself along the coffee table and just started GROOVIN! So she danced before she walked! And what taste!
Hey - they got the Steely Dan beat!
RichardPrins wrote:
Plus a cool video ahead of its time...
si, that short was a blast.
OUCH!!! Two mutes within 3 'songs' of each other. Better to get them out of the way, I guess...
i love the fact that even with all their vocal detractors in the posts below (and above, no doubt), Steely Dan and Donald Fagen will still continue to be played and appreciated here. :D
i think s.d. had a few decent songs (a long time ago, and not the ones massa-creed on the radio), but the best (imho) was kid charlemagne and even that don't rate better than a sentimental 6.
This is the musical equivalent of the colour beige. Casio keyboard rhythm, vocal chord, piano sample, repeat. It constantly feels like it is fading to nowhere. Me no like.
Huey wrote:
Lifeless? you jest...surely?
No he doesn't ...and stop calling him Shirley.
amitishere wrote:
I've never understood the appeal of Steely Dan, either
I couldn't agree more. While some of the tunes from this era are great (i.e. most anything by Stevie Wonder) I really don't like Donald Fagen or Steely Dan. A definite 1...
Angloray wrote:
I'm with you, trekhead. To me, this sounds lifeless. I'm not understanding the appeal. :(
I'm not understanding what's NOT to like.....LIFELESS? Hardly!
Angloray wrote:
I'm with you, trekhead. To me, this sounds lifeless. I'm not understanding the appeal. :(
Lifeless? you jest...surely?
amv wrote:
the best Dan moment post-Aja
yes.
trekhead wrote:
M_U_T_E! Any association w/ SD...Blyeeaugh! ihatethem............A rare "1"..we need negative#s
I'm with you, trekhead. To me, this sounds lifeless. I'm not understanding the appeal. :(
the best Dan moment post-Aja
Is this the Limbo, Donald, is this the Limbo? Keep it the Limbo.
masterhead wrote:
Have anybody seen the cow bell sketch on Saturday Night Live?
Yes, and?
Have anybody seen the cow bell sketch on Saturday Night Live?
M_U_T_E! Any association w/ SD...Blyeeaugh! ihatethem............A rare "1"..we need negative#s
RichardPrins wrote:
Plus a cool video ahead of its time...
Great vid, wish I could see it sometimes.
"he's an artist a pioneer we've got to have some music on the new fronteeeeeer...." smart lyrics, sonically diverse and interesting, great musician...what's not to like? :notworthy: do yourself a favor and listen to both sides uninterrupted with headphones. Hear it again for the first time, you won't be sorry. :music: can't get enough of this music, thanks Bill!
DownHomeGirl wrote:
Better than Steely Dan. It's a 2.
I thought it was Steely Dan! I gave it a 2 as well.
Better than Steely Dan. It's a 2.
Peyote wrote:
Fetchez la vache!!
...and wave my private parts at your auntie!
Love the bright optimistic period feel although the times were anything but optimistic. I still remember "duck and cover" drills in the basement of Christ the King school in Pleasant Hill ,CA back in 62. Ah the good old days when we only had one enemy in the world...
Plus a cool video ahead of its time...
So sweet... Like most Fagen / Dan tunes, the guitar work is incredible. Understated, laid back, and SO tasty. I think this was Fagen's first solo album, and it was excellent. It's all worthy of RP play.
lindydallas wrote:
Agreed. Is it rock? Is it jazz? Is it funk? Who cares--it still makes the baby Jesus cry; --d
You desperately need a new shtick, lindy.
Leslie wrote:
This album came out, what about 20 years ago? It's still one of my favorites. As somebody else said there isn't a bad track on it.
Loved bringing this one into any Mid-Fi or Hi-Fi Stereo store in high school and testing out different amps and speakers. The engineering was as good as it can get for 1982. The CD still sounds great running through my NAD amp and my good ole ADS speakers.
dlheine wrote:
Play more from The Nightfly. It's a great album.
Donny pulls off one great song after another... the whole album concept gives you that film-noir feeling.
This album came out, what about 20 years ago? It's still one of my favorites. As somebody else said there isn't a bad track on it.
amitishere wrote:
I've never understood the appeal of Steely Dan, either.
Agreed. Is it rock? Is it jazz? Is it funk? Who cares--it still makes the baby Jesus cry; --d
I don't care what anyone else thinks.......It makes me tap my toe and that's good enough.......
Fagan and Becker are quite simply the most ingenious songwriters in my lifetime. Timeless music....
mig7 wrote:
I never understood this sound...I find myself apologizing because it has such a devoted following....
Their sound was and still is like NO OTHER SOUND, do not try to put a label on them it will instantly peel off. Is it jazz? rock? funk? We will never know but we could sure will enjoy it, just open your mind a little bit.
stubbsz wrote:
I fart in your general direction
Fetchez la vache!!
amitishere wrote:
I've never understood the appeal of Steely Dan, either (except My Old School with its horn riffs and amazing guitar solos).
Maybe we can form a splinter group
I've never understood the appeal of Steely Dan, either (except My Old School with its horn riffs and amazing guitar solos).
I never understood this sound...I find myself apologizing because it has such a devoted following....
Play more from The Nightfly. It's a great album.
TML wrote:
The album is great, but part of its charm is the theme-an ironically nostalgic look at the early sixties, when cool was cool and the future was beautiful (this was before the world went wild). The music references that time, with a sense of humor, and maybe someone from France just can't get it.
Right on! :)
This and all the 70s Steely Dan albums really have held up well... they sound just a fresh 20 some years later. Good stuff.
No wrote:
Loathe the "boing boing" sound, mixed up with the piano/guitar dialog. And don't ask me about the singers... yuck !
I fart in your general direction
Well! I uploaded this a few months back and got a "Sorry," so kudos to the other uploader(and to B & R natch)!!! And I echo the positive vibes from the other posters. I was born some years after the era depicted on Fagen's album but the evocations and emotions still resonate.
I actually like this solo album better than most Steely Dan. Actually, make that *all* of Steely Dan. "IGY" should also be on the playlist...
The album is great, but part of its charm is the theme-an ironically nostalgic look at the early sixties, when cool was cool and the future was beautiful (this was before the world went wild). The music references that time, with a sense of humor, and maybe someone from France just can't get it.
lily34 wrote:
I LOVE THIS ENTIRE CD!!! have for years. donald is fabulous with or without all of Steely Dan. thank you to whomever for uploading this. i hope to hear more!
I agree. Every song on this album is a winner, I played the album til I wore it out.
great song from a great album but fagen, as well as steely dan, are often a "love it"/"hate it" kind of sound