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Complete unedited transcript of Steely Dan in conference in the CompuServe Convention Center(tm) on October 20, 1995.

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Glenn: hello everyone....

Glenn: welcome to an evening with Steely Dan

Glenn: Donald Fagen...

Glenn: and Walter Becker...

Glenn: without further ado..




Glenn: % Moderator recognizes [102354,405] Steely Dan

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Steely Dan: WB - Yes it is

Barney asks: Your classic "Ricki Don't lose that number" ... is the lyric a plea

on the part of a friend of a heroin abuser ... that (she) should call him if she

needs to kick the habit and the urge to use grows too great?

Steely Dan: WB - Of all of the outre interpretations of the lyrics of Riki that

is the most boring yet (ga)

peter asks: I've been both a fan of your music and a casual student of Medieval

History since my college days back in the '70s. I'd really like to know what

prompted you to write "Kings", as royal secession in twelfth and thirteenth

century Britain is not the stuff of which most pop songs are made.

Steely Dan: DF - We wanted to write a song that would chain mail (ga)

David Lavalley asks: Donald and Walter,

The guitar solo from "Don't Take Me Alive" is my all-time favorite...just rips

my head off.

Who played it, and how far did you go in composing solos vs. letting players


P.S. Glad you're back

Steely Dan: WB - that particular solo, a doosey, was played by Larry Carlton

Steely Dan: DF -That's Larry "Mr. Guitar" Carlton

Steely Dan: WB - All of the solos on our records were improvised by the players

themselves, with no more than the occasional ryeballed encouragement offered up

bu ys

Steely Dan: (ga)

John asks: To Donald: With all the mixed reaction to Kamakyriad, (I loved it,

naturally), what's your outlook for another state of the art digitally recorded

new cd?

Steely Dan: DF - What thehell are you talking about, what mixed reaction

everyone I knew love it, it was nominated for records of the Year

Steely Dan: WB - Actually I think I had a couple of reservations about one thing

and another, perhaps now would be as good as a time as any.... of the hell with

it (ga)

Marc Printz asks: What is the difference between Pretzel Logic and Predicate


Steely Dan: DF - Nickt verstehen. (ga)

Nancy asks: Using Walter's "Quick Read Song Quotes" format, how would you

classify your political beliefs? Have they changed any from the '60s and '70s?

Steely Dan: DF - That's a good one

Steely Dan: DF - Nixon then. Gingrich now. Same old, same old.

Steely Dan: WB - Anarcho-Syndicalist gutterpuppies with a taste for a well put

backbeat (ga)

Harris Bookfor asks: Steely Dan's music can be categorized as having jazz, adult

contemporary and rock influences. Some songs have a blend of several types of

music. The last few Becker-Fagen-SD albums appear to be gravitating away from

rock. What does the future hold?

Steely Dan: DF - Its breath

Steely Dan: WB - Just you wait (ga)

Big Al asks: Do you know about the "Steely Damned", a 13 piece band in San

Diego, that does a great job covering exclusively Steely Dan material?

Steely Dan: WB - Yes and it is my fond dream of someday surprising them at their

nasty work and sitting in for a set or two...don't tell them though (ga)

Brian asks: I)

Ordinary robots would blow up trying to compute some of your material. In a

Universe without art how would you reconcile the two inputs of 1) WONDERFUL


good things)

Steely Dan: DF - I assume you mean how would we channel our unique energies in a

world without art. Rollerball maybe

Steely Dan: WB - I never liked Art as much as Zoot. (ga)

mike p. asks: What is your favorite SD song and which is your least favorite

Steely Dan: WB - Favortie is "The Elephant's Secret" . All the others are tied

for second. (ga)

Robert Drumm asks: What are your plans? More touring? A Studio album? A video?

Steely Dan: DF - A video

Steely Dan: WB - A series of videos. (ga)

Chad asks: Walter, which one track is not a track of whack?

ps...loved the Chicago '93 show..travelled 800 miles & a harried customs

crossing for it!!!!

Steely Dan: WB - The one in the back. (ga)

Brian Caterino asks: Is Donald Fagen doing anymore work with the New York Rock

and Soul Review?

Simon J. Gregory asks: What are each of your top 5 favorate albums that have

been released in the last several years?

Steely Dan: DF - Not at the present time. (ga)

Dan Butler asks: I have a CD called "Becker and Fagen, Founders of Steely Dan,

Greatest Hits Volume 1". It doesn't sound very produced. The label is

"Fabulous Sounds". My suspicions are that this may be an "unauthorized"

recording. Is it?

Steely Dan: WB - The last five Milli Vanilli albums were bitchin' . (ga)

Steely Dan: WB - This recording is part of a series of recordings dedicated to

financing the college education of a former managers children. (ga)

Marcus Allen asks: Walter and Donald...which one of you came up with the name

"Steely Dan"? Is it true that it came from the movie "Naked Lunch"?

Steely Dan: DF - I did

Steely Dan: WB - I did

Steely Dan: DF - Yea from the movie

Steely Dan: WB - Same for me (ga)

Dave asks:The Eagles and Bee Gees had a big influence on

your 70's albums. How has Michael Bolton

inspired you?

Steely Dan: WB - He has inspired my hairline to receed at an ever accelerating

pace. (ga)

Abisch/Scott asks: is the website address in the "liner notes" from Alive in

America legit?

Steely Dan: WB - try it and see. (ga)

John Dawson asks: What did you play on Letterman tonight, and how'd you choose?

Steely Dan: DF - "The Elephant's Secret", it is our favortie song. But you

should know that by now. (ga)

Steve asks: there is still about 4 songs that were not released on citzen steely

dan why?

Glenn: % Moderator recognizes [103071,1547] Steve

Glenn: % Recognized [103071,1547] Steve

Glenn: what songs there Steve?

Glenn: Go Ahead!

Keith Rosenfield asks: What album aould you suggest for someone who wants to

hear Steely Dan at their best?

Glenn: while Steve thinks Steve: dallas , and i forgot the others but they were released on b sides

Steely Dan: WB/DF "Becker and Fagen, Founders of Steely Dan, Greatest Hits,

Volume 1". (ga)

Glenn: thanks Steve

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Glenn: % [103071,1547] Steve is no longer recognized

Steely Dan: WB - "Dallas" was left out because it is stinko.

Steely Dan: DF - Ditto for the others. (ga)

George asks: Can you define a mu-major chord? It is the type of major chords in

in the song Peg?

Steely Dan: DF - As I told the prodigy hacker the other night, a mu major chord

is a major triad with an added second. (ga)

Scott Butler asks: Sci-fi author William Gibson, father of the term "cyberpunk",

seems to be a big fan of Steely Dan. Have either of you ever read any of his


Steely Dan: WB - Of course we have, and he is entitled to his opinion concernin

g great music of the 20th Century.

peter asks: Donald, I remember reading in an interview 10 or 12 years ago that

you said you wanted to be a "dirty old man" when you grew up? Still aspiring?

Steely Dan: DF - I am proud to say I have achieved my goal. (ga)

Tjitze van Dijk asks: I am from the Netherlands. Dutch fans would love to see

and hear you live in concert. Do you have plans to tour Europe?

Steely Dan: WB - We hope that we will be able to bring a band to Europe in the

next year ot two. (ga)

Tam asks: Do you have any pets?If so what and how many?

Steely Dan: WB - I have, or rather my family has, a dog, 2 cats, a tweetie bird

of some sort, various reptiles, and, until their unfortunate demise earlier this

week, a chincilkla or two which were loaners

Steely Dan: DF - I had a pet peeve, but it escaped out the window, never to be

seen again. )ga)

Dave asks: No wonder you both hated interviews, don't these questions all suck?

Glenn: now now Dave!

Glenn: that one did

Steely Dan: DF - Right on, bro (ga)

Big Al asks:A publisher in L.A. told me he heard some masters of your stuff

from MCA's vaults that was never released. What up with this?

Steely Dan: WB - Probably a liar

Steely Dan: DF - Or certainly a nasty rumor at best.

Steely Dan: WB - Our own exhaustive search of the archives produced nothing in

the way of releasable material. (ga)

Russ Ketchum asks: Do you plan on producing any of your "older material" that

has not been previously recorded "legally" I am refering spesifically to things

like " Andriod Warehouse" or "Oh, Wow it's you"?

Steely Dan: WB - Well those are catchy numbers, but chances are we'll

concentrate on new material when we get back to recording. (ga)

C Dembeck asks: Where did you get the night fly from? A talk-show?

Steely Dan: DF - As far as I know its original material. (ga)

Simon J. Gregory asks: When do you predict your next studio album will come out?

Steely Dan: DF - First we have to get up the courage to tell our parents.

Steely Dan: WB - Well said. (ga)

Tim Weston asks: Hi guys. Gee what a thrill. I was wondering if there's any

truth to the rumour that your once made Kay Starr sing the bridge to "Parker's

Band" 50 times, taunting her with the phrase; "That was perfect; do one more."

Tim Weston

Steely Dan: WB - Let me alert the assembled audience that this question has been

posed by a ringer.

Steely Dan: DF - I feel that this question is evidence that a Stafford Boy is


Steely Dan: WB - The legitimate heir to the Jo Stafford-Paul Weston musical


Steely Dan: DF - P.S Say hello to Darlene and Jonathan Edwards. (ga)

David Barber asks: Walter, any story behind the guitar of yours on display at

the Hard Rock Cafe here in Nashville?

Steely Dan: WB - I would need to know which guitar that was.

Steely Dan: DF - That's funny because a guitar of yours was on display at the

Hard Rock Cafe in Stockholm.

Steely Dan: WB - There is one in Pnom Penh too. (ga)

Liz asks: What is the biggest change in music industry since you started


Steely Dan: DF - Automation

Alfred Hardaway asks: Who is your most influential musician on your music? Do

you share musical influences?

Glenn: for the last question of the eve.

Steely Dan: WB - The drummer. He's your number one make or break guy. (ga)

Steely Dan: WB\DF - Thank you and good night.

Steely Dan: WB - Goodnight Donald

Steely Dan: DF - Goodnight Walter

Glenn: thank you guys! To everyone GO STEELYDAN to visit the online fan club.

We'll post the transcript

Glenn: for this chat in there!

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