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Steely Dan — Black Friday
Album: Katy Lied
Avg rating:
7.3

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Total ratings: 1397









Released: 1975
Length: 3:15
Plays (last 30 days): 2
When Black Friday comes
I'll stand down by the door
And catch the gray men when they
Dive from the fourteenth floor

When Black Friday comes
I'll collect everything I'm owed
And before my friends find out
I'll be on the road

When Black Friday falls
You know it's got to be
Don't let it fall on me

When Black Friday comes
I'll fly down to Muswellbrook
Gonna strike all the big red words
From my little black book

Gonna do just what I please
Gonna wear no socks and shoes
With nothing to do but feed
All the kangaroos

When Black Friday comes
I'll be on that hill
You know I will

When Black Friday comes
I'm gonna dig myself a hole
Gonna lay down in it
'Til I satisfy my soul

Gonna let the world pass by me
The Archbishop's gonna sanctify me
And if he don't come across
I'm gonna let it roll

When Black Friday comes
I'm gonna stake my claim
I'll guess I'll change my name
Comments (112)add comment
 Steely_D wrote:
 capandjudy wrote:
Steely Dan is a terrific live band much to my surprise since I always thought of them as studio wizards. I saw them in Portland Oregon a couple of years ago. Their songs really come alive in concert and as is expected the band is comprised of only the best players.  

 
This is true. The songs are the bedrock on top of which some great musicians get a chance to show off their musicianship. I caught them thrice in a row in 2017 and it was never boring. Great players, great arrangement. Well worth your time, even now that Walt is gone. (He had kinda checked out long before.)
 
I caught them back in the 80's when they really started to tour somewhat regularly.  Was thinking how in the hell are they going to make things sound even close to what they did in the studio.  Concert technology was still pretty primitive when it came to reproducing studio sounds live over a PA in a clamshell with 20,000 people back then. They did a very nice job and kept all the nuance of their music intact live.

Good show at Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
 Laptopdog wrote:
In my book, PSD would mean Play Steely Dan.
 
That's perfect!
 unclehud wrote:

Yeah, is this rock and roll?  Whatever you call it, it's really, really, good.
 
I'd call it Jazz/Rock fusion and why I +1'd to 9 today!

Some seriously great musicians on all their albums, and the groove on this amazing. Long Live RP and jazzy rock!!
Steely Dan?
Simply the Best!

Tony Jory
London Town and Somerset County, England
 dancindan wrote:
The orange titan in the White House is going to drive out the blackest of demons.
 
Your wake up call…

In my book, PSD would mean Play Steely Dan.
The orangutan in the White House is going to drive us into the blackest of Fridays.
 coloradojohn wrote:
These dudes were making music like just about nobody else at the time, like some new kind of hopped-up jazz, some wild style of funk, throwing down some new kind of wryness in their nod and wink lyrics...and it always sounded like they were having such mad FUN doing it! It sure was fun to listen to, too!
 
Yeah, is this rock and roll?  Whatever you call it, it's really, really, good.
 dxnerd86 wrote:
Muswellbrook, the Australian town referred to in this song, is actually pronounced Muscle-brook not the (phonetically logical) Mus-well-brook which the Donald sings.
 
PLEASE
, do not call him "the Donald".  That moniker is already taken.
I don't understand how anyone could listen to this and not recognize the amazing  CRAFT  these guys put into this song and simply dismiss them as pop noise.
It's really astounding music.
Muswellbrook, the Australian town referred to in this song, is actually pronounced Muscle-brook not the (phonetically logical) Mus-well-brook which the Donald sings.
I rated this 10 a long time ago. 
It continues to improve with age...
Jesus H. Christ. So many great songs the past hour.
 haljordan wrote:

I think they're like Jethro Tull or Rush. They either click with you or they don't. I love 'em all.
 
Though plenty of people don't care for Steely Dan, I don't think they're as polarizing as those two bands you named.  Steely Dan has a broader appeal; they had several Top 40 hits, neither Tull nor Rush have.
Nice to see some rockin' guitar sneak into "later" Steely Dan.
Ahead of their time
ok , no meltdown folks
the boys who were the next gen "wrecking crew" - "hired guns" (both really good movies on netflix)  -  all agreed that if one of them got invited to play session with steely dan that was about as good as it got.

should say something about becker and fagan music. the dan were and are pioneers.


 capandjudy wrote:
Steely Dan is a terrific live band much to my surprise since I always thought of them as studio wizards. I saw them in Portland Oregon a couple of years ago. Their songs really come alive in concert and as is expected the band is comprised of only the best players.  

 
This is true. The songs are the bedrock on top of which some great musicians get a chance to show off their musicianship. I caught them thrice in a row in 2017 and it was never boring. Great players, great arrangement. Well worth your time, even now that Walt is gone. (He had kinda checked out long before.)
 Mizy_Wizy wrote:
Just don't get S. Dan...sorry.

 
I think they're like Jethro Tull or Rush. They either click with you or they don't. I love 'em all.
Just don't get S. Dan...sorry.
 coloradojohn wrote:
Man, we didn't know how good we had it back in the day...the radio waves SIZZLED with these types of witty, gritty, pithy and ultimately rocking and satisfyingly delicious numbers...AND I LOVE THE FACT THAT IT STILL SOUNDS SO DARNED GOOD! (and thank God, Bill and Rebecca & Co. for RP, doing its best as an ongoing non-greed driven carrier of the Eternal Happening Music Vibe — and doing a fantastic job at it!)

 
👍👏❤️
Proof once again that white bwois can indeed boogie. {#Cheesygrin}
Forty years old!!!! Seems like yesterday.
 Stratocaster wrote:
Most of the chords used by Steely Dan are not in my guitar.

 
Maybe this  link may help.    ..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z-WS1x47b4
John Lee Hooker, Steely Dan...dontcha just  {#Heartkiss} Radio Paradise
 Stratocaster wrote:
Most of the chords used by Steely Dan are not in my guitar.

 
That's the problem with those guys who compose music using pianos instead of guitars.
From this masterpiece-album Black Friday is my least popular song...
You left out " 2 Against Nature" which is an excellent album.
The horn charts on "almost gothic" are awesome even for them.


BazH wrote:

I would have to disagree:
1) Can't Buy a Thrill
2) Pretzel Logic
3) Aja
4) Countdown to Ecstasy
5) Katy Lied
6)  The Royal Scam
7) Gaucho

 


When the discussion of guitar heroes comes up, the guys who played with Steely Dan seem to be left out.  That's not right.
{#Bananapiano}
Steely Dan is a terrific live band much to my surprise since I always thought of them as studio wizards. I saw them in Portland Oregon a couple of years ago. Their songs really come alive in concert and as is expected the band is comprised of only the best players.  
Amazing sounds.....! {#Cheers}
{#Angel} The "Dan" rule.  OK.
Funny - Bill
 Stratocaster wrote:
Most of the chords used by Steely Dan are not in my guitar.

 
or most other ax's......
 Stratocaster wrote:
Most of the chords used by Steely Dan are not in my guitar.
 
{#Roflol}
Most of the chords used by Steely Dan are not in my guitar.
When the Dan decided to jam, they kicked it out!
SteelyDan

Anytime !!  Never too much SD.
 coloradojohn wrote:
These dudes were making music like just about nobody else at the time, like some new kind of hopped-up jazz, some wild style of funk, throwing down some new kind of wryness in their nod and wink lyrics...and it always sounded like they were having such mad FUN doing it! It sure was fun to listen to, too!
 
love your observations...and i agree!
These dudes were making music like just about nobody else at the time, like some new kind of hopped-up jazz, some wild style of funk, throwing down some new kind of wryness in their nod and wink lyrics...and it always sounded like they were having such mad FUN doing it! It sure was fun to listen to, too!
 Bat wrote:

I was a huge Steely Dan fan back in the day.  Like most fans I only consider the "real" Steely Dan to have existed for those first 7 albums (although I do own the Two Against Nature CD).

I'm a pleasantly surprised to find someone else who rates Countdown to Ecstasy as their best album, and then Katy Lied as their second.

My Dan album rankings

1) Countdown to Ecstasy
2) Katy Lied
3) Pretzel Logic
4) Can't Buy a Thrill
5) The Royal Scam
6) Aja (their supposed "masterpiece")
7) Gaucho

 On_The_Beach wrote:


Ah yes, we all like to make Top 10 lists, or in this case, Top 7.
I'm gonna go with . . .

1) Countdown to Ecstasy
2) Katy Lied
3) Aja
4) Pretzel Logic
5) The Royal Scam
6) Can't Buy a Thrill
7) Gaucho

ps, I agree with olivertwist below; all their albums are excellent!
 
 
I would have to disagree:
1) Can't Buy a Thrill
2) Pretzel Logic
3) Aja
4) Countdown to Ecstasy
5) Katy Lied
6)  The Royal Scam
7) Gaucho
Should be on Katy Lied album?
Bill should have saved this song for next Friday
PSD PSD PSD ..don't like
Man, we didn't know how good we had it back in the day...the radio waves SIZZLED with these types of witty, gritty, pithy and ultimately rocking and satisfyingly delicious numbers...AND I LOVE THE FACT THAT IT STILL SOUNDS SO DARNED GOOD! (and thank God, Bill and Rebecca & Co. for RP, doing its best as an ongoing non-greed driven carrier of the Eternal Happening Music Vibe — and doing a fantastic job at it!)
great donald fagen

I was a huge Steely Dan fan back in the day.  Like most fans I only consider the "real" Steely Dan to have existed for those first 7 albums (although I do own the Two Against Nature CD).

I'm a pleasantly surprised to find someone else who rates Countdown to Ecstasy as their best album, and then Katy Lied as their second.

My Dan album rankings

1) Countdown to Ecstasy
2) Katy Lied
3) Pretzel Logic
4) Can't Buy a Thrill
5) The Royal Scam
6) Aja (their supposed "masterpiece")
7) Gaucho

 On_The_Beach wrote:


Ah yes, we all like to make Top 10 lists, or in this case, Top 7.
I'm gonna go with . . .

1) Countdown to Ecstasy
2) Katy Lied
3) Aja
4) Pretzel Logic
5) The Royal Scam
6) Can't Buy a Thrill
7) Gaucho

ps, I agree with olivertwist below; all their albums are excellent!
 


These guys defy music categories.  Pop?  Yes, a lot.  Rock?  Yes, a little,  Jazz?  Yes, a lot.  Top 40? Yes, there's that, too.  Fusion?  I'd argue a few of their tunes fit that.  Witty?  Almost every one.  Classical?  Well, no, I guess.  Hip-hop?  Wasn't invented back then.

My daughter was to be named Aja (had sons instead).

PS:  That's not a photo of Pretzel Logic.

 olivertwist wrote:


The fact is, it's pretty much impossible for me to rank their albums, and my list would probably be different if I put it together tomorrow.

 

Yeah, they all have at least 2-3 outstanding cuts. 

Let's keep this slightly modified High Fidelity exercise going, and rank their top 7 tracks, which will certainly contain at least a half-dozen glaring omissions.  Here goes mine:

7) Kid Charlemagne
6) The Caves of Altamira
5) Black Friday
4) Reelin' in the Years
3) Deacon Blues
2) Don't Take Me Alive
1) My Old School

Comments again please...


 treatment_bound wrote:
I've been listening to all the Steely Dan albums lately (up through Gaucho), and here's my very unscientific ranking from bottom to top:
7. Gaucho
6. Countdown to Ecstasy
5. Can't Buy a Thrill
4. Katy Lied
3. Pretzel Logic
2. Aja 
1. The Royal Scam

comments please...
 
Ah yes, we all like to make Top 10 lists, or in this case, Top 7.
I'm gonna go with . . .

1) Countdown to Ecstasy
2) Katy Lied
3) Aja
4) Pretzel Logic
5) The Royal Scam
6) Can't Buy a Thrill
7) Gaucho

ps, I agree with olivertwist below; all their albums are excellent!


 treatment_bound wrote:

I've been listening to all the Steely Dan albums lately (up through Gaucho), and here's my very unscientific ranking from bottom to top:
7. Gaucho
6. Countdown to Ecstasy
5. Can't Buy a Thrill
4. Katy Lied
3. Pretzel Logic
2. Aja 
1. The Royal Scam

comments please...
 

Here's my informal, spur-of-the moment rankings. We have the same #1, but after that our rankings diverge. That's OK, though, because each of their albums is excellent, IMO.

1. The Royal Scam (My fave, a concept album of sorts on the underbelly of the American dream)
2. Katy Lied
3. Countdown to Ecstasy
4. Pretzel Logic
5. Can't Buy a Thrill
6. Gaucho (this album is much maligned, but I enjoy it. Fagen and Becker really polished their jazz-influenced sound down to its bare essence here)
7. Aja (How can I rank this last? I should probably start over!)

The fact is, it's pretty much impossible for me to rank their albums, and my list would probably be different if I put it together tomorrow.

 On_The_Beach wrote:
From the excellent Katy Lied:


 
I've been listening to all the Steely Dan albums lately (up through Gaucho), and here's my very unscientific ranking from bottom to top:
7. Gaucho
6. Countdown to Ecstasy
5. Can't Buy a Thrill
4. Katy Lied
3. Pretzel Logic
2. Aja 
1. The Royal Scam

comments please...
Steely Dan -Rhymes with BAN!!!!
 Usernamesearcher wrote:

dat is der  einzigeTitel mit dem sie zeigen dass sie auch etwas unkontrollierter spielen konnten.Ich meine damit Leidenschaft...{#Fire} Alles andere, ins. später auch von Fagen ist interessant aber schlicht zu (leidenschaftlich) perfektionistisch. Erst wenn Leidenschaft Kontrollverlust bedeutet wirkt sie - so glaube ich - befreiend.Kein Wunder, dass gerade black friday den enstprechenden Titel trägt und zudem von SD immer gerne zum Schluß live gespielt wurde (wenn sie denn überhaupt mal live unterwegs waren). Hier lassen sie mal los und zeigen , dass sie auch mit den Eiern spielen konnten.

Gruß

aus Schwerin

 
Man, I wish these guys came with subtitles...

 Harry_GER wrote:
Ich mag eigendlich Steely Dan, aber dieser Titel nervt. 
 
dat is der  einzigeTitel mit dem sie zeigen dass sie auch etwas unkontrollierter spielen konnten.Ich meine damit Leidenschaft...{#Fire} Alles andere, ins. später auch von Fagen ist interessant aber schlicht zu (leidenschaftlich) perfektionistisch. Erst wenn Leidenschaft Kontrollverlust bedeutet wirkt sie - so glaube ich - befreiend.Kein Wunder, dass gerade black friday den enstprechenden Titel trägt und zudem von SD immer gerne zum Schluß live gespielt wurde (wenn sie denn überhaupt mal live unterwegs waren). Hier lassen sie mal los und zeigen , dass sie auch mit den Eiern spielen konnten.

Gruß

aus Schwerin

Perfect timing, Black Friday is this Friday!
is this a Target ad, after the quaaludes?  call in now and get your free Black Friday coupons!  Doors open at 4am!

From the excellent Katy Lied:


Walter Becker proving that he could hold his own on guitar . . .
Ich mag eigendlich Steely Dan, aber dieser Titel nervt. 
11:58 am - Steely Dan - Black Friday
11:56 am - Tori Amos - Wednesday
11:52 am - The Pogues - Tuesday Morning
11:49 am - Wilco - Monday

Possible Thursday songs -

Morphine has a song called "Thursday", on Cure For Pain
Donovan has a song called "Jersey Thursday", on Fairytale (also on the movie Rushmore...not sure about the soundtrack, though)
Matt Costa (signed to Brushfire Records, Jack Johnson's label) has a song called "Sweet Thursday", on Songs We Sing
Jim Croce has a song called "Thursday", on I Got A Name
Townes Van Zandt had a song called "Like A Summer's Thursday", on A Gentle Evening With Townes Van Zandt




Love Steely Dan!
No Thursday song?
 sirdroseph wrote:

ALL DAN GOOD......{#Notworthy}

 
{#High-five} Yes! And some Dan is GREAT.

 sirdroseph wrote:

ALL DAN GOOD......{#Notworthy}

 
What he said.

ALL DAN GOOD......{#Notworthy}



Sheer Heaven.
 Xeric wrote:
*Googles current DJI* 

Down only 26.  Okay.  Good.
 
Not so good today, and it's Monday ... ugh.

I guess there are no song writers working on Thursday.


 drtjdel wrote:
Vote here. Most jaded lyrics: Steely Dan
Warren Zevon
Leonard Cohen
Tom Waits Your comments, please.

  The great thing about Steely Dan is that "WTF" attitude about it all ...


*Googles current DJI* 

Down only 26.  Okay.  Good.
 jagdriver wrote:
Deadwing wrote: Steely Dan has the most immaculately produced sound on all of their records. I am in awe of the musicianship and arrangements and how crisp their music always sounds. I really should dig out their CDs and look and see who mixed/produced their albums... But no I'm too lazy



Was it a guy named Gary Katz? That seems to be in my memory banks.
 
Katz with the able assistance of engineer Roger "The Immortal" Nichols.

A solid team effort.

Deadwing wrote: Steely Dan has the most immaculately produced sound on all of their records. I am in awe of the musicianship and arrangements and how crisp their music always sounds. I really should dig out their CDs and look and see who mixed/produced their albums... But no I'm too lazy



Was it a guy named Gary Katz? That seems to be in my memory banks.
My god, very appropriate and stomach-churning for what is happening all around me today: https://www.techflash.com/venture/Expedia_cuts_staff_40396157.html
think Bill is making a statement or is this just in one of his playlists?
 ed wrote:

Skunk was not with the Doobies when they recorded, The Captain And Me, and he didn't write that song.
Those lyrics are way off too.
 

The Captain and Me

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The Captain and Me
The Captain and Me cover
Studio album by The Doobie Brothers
ReleasedMay, 1973
Recorded??
GenreRock
Length41:53
LabelWarner Brothers
ProducerTed Templeman
Professional reviews
The Doobie Brothers chronology
Toulouse Street
(1972)
The Captain and Me
(1973)
What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits
(1974)

The Captain and Me is the third studio album by American rock band The Doobie Brothers, released in 1973.

Contents

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<edit> Track listing

  1. "Natural Thing" (Johnston) - 3:17
  2. "Long Train Runnin'" (Johnston) - 3:25
  3. "China Grove" (Johnston) - 3:14
  4. "Dark Eyed Cajun Woman" (Johnston) - 4:12
  5. "Clear as the Driven Snow" (Simmons) - 5:18
  6. "Without You" (Hartman, Hossack, Johnston, Porter, Simmons) - 4:58
  7. "South City Midnight Lady" (Simmons) - 5:27
  8. "Evil Woman" (Simmons) - 3:17
  9. "Busted Down Around O'Connelly Corners" (Luft) - 0:48
  10. "Ukiah" (Johnston) - 3:04
  11. "The Captain and Me" (Johnston) - 4:53

<edit> Personnel

The Doobie Brothers:

Additional players:


People outside my window
Goin' everywhere
People that are happy
People without a care

We all got to be loved
It's a nat'ral thing don't you know
The sooner we find what we need
Gonna be feeling it, happy to show

I'm gonna change my method
Get me a big ham bone
Gonna make all the leaders of the country
Get it together and bring it on home

We all got to be loved
It's a nat'ral thing don't you know
The sooner we find what we need
Gonna be feeling it, happy to show

Those men in the circus
Those men on the wire
Their feet hangin' fifty feet up
Know they're countin' on their daily luck
To bring them through the fire

I was wrong about one thing - Johnston wrote it, not Baxter.


Deadwing wrote:
Steely Dan has the most immaculately produced sound on all of their records. I am in awe of the musicianship and arrangements and how crisp their music always sounds. I really should dig out their CDs and look and see who mixed/produced their albums... But no I'm too lazy :jump:
There was a band even better(though not as jazzy). . . Listen to the sense of timing on Tears For Fears recordings. Havn't heard perfect timing like that since Fats Waller.
Ja300Mes wrote:
Consider the lyrics to this Baxter-penned Doobies tune, "Natural Thing" : I'm gonna change my method Get me a big ham bone Gonna make all the leaders of the country Get it together and bring it on home I was surprised to read this about Baxter at first, then remembered this song which I love so much and now it seems to makes sense.
Skunk was not with the Doobies when they recorded, The Captain And Me, and he didn't write that song. :no: Those lyrics are way off too. :roflol:
Aaaaannnd mute.
:bananajam:
I love everything they've done, including this :angel:
Deadwing wrote:
Steely Dan has the most immaculately produced sound on all of their records. I am in awe of the musicianship and arrangements and how crisp their music always sounds. I really should dig out their CDs and look and see who mixed/produced their albums... But no I'm too lazy :jump:
Gary Katz!
sweeet.
Steely Dan has the most immaculately produced sound on all of their records. I am in awe of the musicianship and arrangements and how crisp their music always sounds. I really should dig out their CDs and look and see who mixed/produced their albums... But no I'm too lazy :jump:
Glorious guitar riffs provided by Jeff "Skunk" Baxter... currently working with the US Dept. of Defense on Homeland Security. Go figure!
Consider the lyrics to this Baxter-penned Doobies tune, "Natural Thing" : I'm gonna change my method Get me a big ham bone Gonna make all the leaders of the country Get it together and bring it on home I was surprised to read this about Baxter at first, then remembered this song which I love so much and now it seems to makes sense.
drucev wrote:
maybe just me, I read jaded as a term of endearment LOL
Perhaps, but not the way I (and the American Heritage Dictionary) define jaded: v. to wear out, as by overuse or overindulgence
maybe just me, I read jaded as a term of endearment LOL
drtjdel wrote:
Vote here. Most jaded lyrics: Steely Dan Warren Zevon Leonard Cohen Tom Waits Your comments, please.
I vote for you as the most uninformed RP listener to ever post a comment. You're just upset that RP doesn't play Boston, Journey, or Styx.
Is BillG trying to tell us something?
how timely, if you\'re watching markets this morning
lionirons wrote:
Glorious guitar riffs provided by Jeff "Skunk" Baxter... currently working with the US Dept. of Defense on Homeland Security. Go figure!
Reminds me of one of Frank Zappa's last jobs. Teaching communists capitalism in the former Soviet Union.
Steely Dan is so hit and miss for me. I feel the genuis . . . just not cosistently.
Great song from a great album (despite the occasional appearance of Mike MacDonald).
drtjdel wrote:
Vote here. Most jaded lyrics: Steely Dan Warren Zevon Leonard Cohen Tom Waits Your comments, please.
Nico Cake Cracker Interpol Joy Division
drtjdel wrote:
Vote here. Most jaded lyrics: Steely Dan Warren Zevon Leonard Cohen Tom Waits
Lou Reed.
Vote here. Most jaded lyrics: Steely Dan Warren Zevon Leonard Cohen Tom Waits Your comments, please.
lionirons wrote:
Glorious guitar riffs provided by Jeff "Skunk" Baxter... currently working with the US Dept. of Defense on Homeland Security. Go figure!
Sounds like a logical next step in one's, er, career. It is certainly twisted and absurd enough to be included in a future Steely Dan lyric.
lionirons wrote:
Glorious guitar riffs provided by Jeff "Skunk" Baxter... currently working with the US Dept. of Defense on Homeland Security. Go figure!
That information certainly warrants a huge WTF?
lionirons wrote:
Glorious guitar riffs provided by Jeff "Skunk" Baxter... currently working with the US Dept. of Defense on Homeland Security. Go figure!
:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
Glorious guitar riffs provided by Jeff "Skunk" Baxter... currently working with the US Dept. of Defense on Homeland Security. Go figure!
Yeah mine goes to '11' as well.
It goes to 11.
Mute.
Great to hear this again. Bill doesn't play enough of the Dan ! :bananajam:
Is this the original recording? It sounds different to me....
Steely Dan are a pretty good band, most times, but this song? And at this hour of the California morning that I share with RP? It's the Pig at their most raucous, exciting nothing but button pushing to change Change CHANGE the channel! :meditate:
JrzyTmata wrote:
:clap: never enough of the Dan!!
oh so true!:dance:
YEEEEEEAH! It's about time you slipped a little Steely Dan in the mix!
First I've heard of them here on RP. Excellent.
:clap: never enough of the Dan!!