|This page is dedicated to e-mail received from interested readers of the SD web page, and will include responses from Donald and/or Walter or, occasionally, other relevant individuals who may have information or opinions bearing on readers' questions. Name and e-mail address may be withheld on request.|
From: "R.Somsen" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: new Album
Hello Steely Dan members or representatives,
First of all I very much enjoyed your concert in September in The Netherlands. I don't need to say that you are the greatest band and all that stuff. You probably already know.
Secondly I wonder if the album/picture that is on your homepage is the long expected new album. I am realy dying to buy it. When and where can I buy it?
Please respond me a.s.a.p.
Best regards from Utrecht, The Netherlands
From: "Roger Harvey" <email@example.com>
Subject: SUMMER CONCERTS?
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 1997 14:20:31 -0500
Hey, could you please e-mail me with summer concert dates or tell where I can find them on the net! Thanks..
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 97 21:23:10 UT
From: "Carl Whaley" <CHWhaleynospam@nospammsn.com>
Just wanted to tell you guys how much i appreciate your music. I am only 21, but I listen to your music everyday almost. I am a huge fan, and your music inspires me. i am learning to play guitar and i like to learn your riffs. anyway, i would like t o see a steely dan windows 95 theme!! thinking that would be way cool.
drop me some mail sometime!!
sorry, Carl, but as of this writing we don't do Windows.
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 1997 18:00:16 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Hello Baton Rouge
Hello, My name is Jimmy J. Pack Jr. and I am a creative writing major at Central CT State University. i am writing to Donald Fagan to ask if it would be possible for me to use The Nightfly as a title for a story and use elements of the song in my story. I have been a fan of Steely dan since i was a wee lad of too small and have come to believe that Donald fagan, is, in all worlds, A God. When is the next album coming out?
Thanks for your time and if you want to know any more about me, let me know. Thanks again.
Your friend, Jimmy J.
PS - What do you guys think of J.D. Salinger??
Very similar to Thomas Pynchon.
Date: 04 Apr 97 11:47:35 EST
Dear Walt + Don (Don't often see it that way round do you??),
Hero's, 'Romans' .... Philanthropists lend me your auditory receptors!.
Could I humbly and briefly draw your attention to the efforts of a UK band paying homa ge to your outstanding material. I understand this might bring furrowed brows of concern ("protect my babies"), but I'm out here to allay some fears (well, not the ones about global warming, or fluorocarbon emissions). No,.... for sure though, it's virtually free from cabaret!. In fact I'm offering to send you personally - samples and promo for your perusal (if you were to (discretely) mail me some forwarding address). We're on the Net too!, and aware of your penchant to peruse/abuse/excuse th e medium, it would be great if (whenever you got the chance), you would take a look!, let me know what you think?. Site is :- www.cqws.com/zone4/nearly-dan/nearly.htm (dig the sponsor!) A suitable level of acerbic humour included I think?. Co uld be worth noting the sound clip is an excerpt from a live recording at the band's third(!!!!) rehearsal. Pete Fogel said he loved it (Nice Guy), if that adds any impetus. In fact we may be playing at the club Pete books in NYC some time hence. By the way, if you're ever " over here" and the schedule permits, drop over... check us out!. We could go for some Indian food afterwards......drink some British beer (good stuff!! .....oh er....in moderation...(re: "Alive" sleeve notes)). To cut to the chase - (bear in mind I'd feel more comfortable asking the Prez for his daughters hand in marriage!....God forbid!) - our sustained efforts here would be more than rewarded by some 'small' sort of endorsement or approval - a link on the official site p erhaps?.........there I said it!. To conclude.....Firstly, don't leave it too long before touring UK again (remember the food offer!). Secondly, the obligatory request for a new album ( adding the caveat - take as long as you like!). Finally, bes t wishes to you and your families (both Ya's).
Rob R (Nearly Dan)
PS... We reckon we could do the next tour.....oh er 30% cheaper than the regular guys (Sorry Guys....business an' all that!) :-)
Walt - Great chops man....... ......."you know that angular phrasing that Walt B uses".....Unique I'd say!.
Why thanks, Rob, our technical staff is working on that link even as we speak.
Date: Sat, 05 Apr 1997 11:50:09 +1000
From: Tom PItsis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: More Alive In America
Oh mystical, and yet successful ones. Please harvest more of our 9 to 5 money by releasing more of the live recordings. As usual, beauty, mystery, grace and precision was combined magically for ALIVE and deserved the Steely Dan name (despite the name's ori gin).
For your new stuff, hire Rick Witkowski as your guitarist. He combines all the talents of your 70's guitarists into one entity.
For your drummer: Jo Blocker. (drummed for Steve Hillage).
Wistfully I say, thank you for the music. I better stop gushing before a tear of mucous leaves my Manilownian nose.
A man alone with his tears?
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 97 15:48:29 UT
From: "Laurin Stoler" <LStoler947nospam@nospammsn.com>
Subject: Fan Club
My Boyfriend is a huge Steeley Dan fan, and I would like to know if you have a fan club that I can sign him up for. Can you let me know where to write to do this?
Thanks a lot,
Write to Andy McKaie at MCA Records, he'll get the little fellow hooked up, pronto.
Date: Sat, 05 Apr 1997 10:23:07 -0800
From: Zachary Zimmer <email@example.com>
Subject: 1997 Plans
Is there a 1997 summer tour planned. If so, where, if not, when? zak.
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 1997 17:19:56 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: New Recording?
Dear WB & DF,
Just wondering what was going on with the new CD. I have been a "Dan" fan for 20+ years. I was fortunate enough to see both the '95 & '96 tours (at Great Woods in Mansfield, MA), as well as the 'Rock'n'Soul Revue' in '94 (also at Great Woods). I t was great to hear 'The Dan' live!!!! During the '96 (Citizen Dan) tour, you played a couple of new tunes.....most notably 'Wet Side Story'. I am really looking forward to hearing the rest of the new material (and hopefully another tour) . Just wondering how the project was coming along. As a pianist...your music has been a huge influence in my style of writing and playing....I am forever grateful!
Thanks for the
Slow horse for a long road, that's what we say round these parts.
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 1997 00:18:16 +1300
From: Dr Brent Wheeler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Crespucule for Nellie
D&W - could it be the case that the courage to leave lots of huge gaps in a song - best example Aja - came from listening to Thelonious on Crescuple (including his little intonation at the end "Thats wild man")? Thanks for the chords. B.
Date: Sun, 06 Apr 1997 20:33:34 -0500
From: I am the guy your Moma Told you to avoid Subject: tour 97?
Is there a 97 summer tour?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
From: Tim Garon <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 06 Apr 97 21:54:20 0000
Subject: Bodhisattva/ Performing the Music of Steely Dan: To Donald Fagen
It was great to meet you. I'm not sure if you will get this or not but seeing as how you told me about your Web Site. I thought you might check it and get this email. I enjoyed our brief conversation on Maui and I hope you get the gist of the band fro m the tape. The Background vocal s were off as I told you. That was why I was a bit apprehensive to give you the tape, But it's your music so I thought you should have it warts and all. As I told you we enjoy playing your music very much. I am a songwriter myself and people ask me wh y do you spend time playing someone elses music. I tell em great music is great music and the songs you and Walter have created are to wonderful to perform.
Any way enough babbling. I just wanted to let you know in case you might be curious to see one of our shows. We are playing on Friday, April 11th on Oahu at The Cannon Club on Diamond Head Road in Kaimuki and Thursday April 17th at Jaron's in Kailua. If you did decide to come see us perform your work, we won't ask you or Walter to sit in unless you'd like to. I also want you to know is t all we want is to show you our appreciation of your contribution to the music you have so elquently created. If your interested and ther e is anything I can do to help my telephone# is.. 808-946-4055 Take care my friend.. Tim Garon Lead Vocalist /Bodhisattva
Date: 07 Apr 97 13:36:04 EDT
From: "Doug Hovland" <firstname.lastname@example.org>)
Subject: midnight cruiser revenge
i sent lyrics to sd's contest for midnight cruiser, and i was hoping i'd atleast get a response back. because sd failed to reply back to dr duglas = guitarras, i will now over the next ten years use all my personal power acquired over they last millennium to forge songs, lyrics, lightshows, and a band of such inspirat ion that this new band will become = well known; i will start my own web page deadicated to this band, offer a = similar contest, and when donald fagen and walter becker send in lyrics = to one of my songs, i will instruct olga to put their email into the bin = bucket. two can play at this game. have a nice day and a pleasant tomorrow.
Date: Mon, 07 Apr 1997 12:18:29 -0700
From: composite <email@example.com>
Subject: Fagens Lyrics
Some of the best song lyrics I've ever heard!
Wake up darling. They're knocking.
The Colonel's standing in the sun.
With his stupid face
and the gun.
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 1997 17:15:48 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Great Stuff...
As you can see from my e-mail address I'm a big fan, not just of Donald Fagen but Walter Becker and the group as well. I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful music you have made over years. It has been a big part of my life. Your wo rk was the doorway that got me into jazz. By the way, I once had the honor of doing an interview with Dave Brubeck and I was quick to point out that you were big fans of his. He got a kick out of the line in Mr. Fagen's song "New Frontier". He had not h eard the album but he said he would check it out.
I was reding an article about the recording style you have developed and I would like to tell you how much I love the sound of your recordings. I have worked in radio for many years and I consider myself an audiophile. I do not like lots of reverb and compresion. To me a little warm verb is quite enough to add some energy to a recording. It is my opinian that the art of recording has gone downhill to some degree. The new digital equipment is wonderful but the production standards seem to have droped. Many records sound as though they were recorded in a basement! I like to be able to hear all the instruments in detial.
I have often used your work to test the audio quality of equipment for radio. I k now where all the peaks are and the EQ is good for setting up multi-band processing. Another point, I was very pleased with the way the vocals were treated on your live album and Mr. Fagen's Latest effort. Clean!
Thank you again and I wish you the best of luck in the future. I will be looking for more wonderful recordings from River Sound!
From: Preferred Customer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Where's the Beef?
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 1997 13:15:05 -0500
I keep hea ring voices saying there is a gnu album (or CD, depending on = your generation) soon to be released. When? I've already dreamed the = cover art. It's Becker and Fagan's faces half lit on a black = background. Now if I've heard of it and seen it in dre ams, it must be = forthcoming, right?
That's the kind of service a Preferred Customer comes to expect.
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 1997 17:42:46 +0000
From: Roger <Rzafnospam@nospamconcentric.net>
Subject: To Steely(Don and Walt),
Where the hell did you guys go? When are you going to tour again-and when will you put out that new album?- My suggestions for the Steely Dan 1997 tour: You should call this tour,"The return of the greatest band in the world." Here's my idea of a kick-ass Steely Dan personel: Dennis Chambers on Drums, Victor Wooten on bass, John Scofield or Drew Zingg on guitar,even better, how about a lead banjoist, Bela Fleck- Michael and Randy Brecker on horn section and Herbie Hancock on piano- and might I suggest that you guys jam a little more on stage-I know that your old now and you'd like to keep you r songs short and sweet-but give your fans what they pay for-we know you have it in you!-this I know because I saw your show at Roseland a while back, WOW! That was a great concert. If you ever need a personal advisor, my e-mail is: Rzafnospam@nospamconcentric.net
Your #1 fan,
"Not for nothing but a...cows are a good source of transportation. I
mean a...they got four legs and plenty of room for the wife and kids.
It's a...It's beautiful."
Good sound advice.
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 1997 10:55:01 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Summer 1997
Any up-coming plans, pending or solidified, for 1997 dates as of April 1997? Please e-mail and let me know.
Mike Hollinger, CHGO, IL
Not at this time, no.
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 1997 22:46:18 -0400
From: "Curtis E. Claymont" <email@example.com>
Subject: Europe 1997
What's the scoop with the Europe 1997 tour with Paul Simon and Clapton's jazz band? I know that there is a date in Montreaux, but the rest of the list that I saw was vague. Anything in Holland or Belgium? If so, with whom and how do Americans obtain tickets?
Thank you for your help,
Reminds me of that joke that starts out, "How do minks get minks?"
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 1997 02:35:09 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Waiting, not so patiently
When will you be back at the George? How 'bout a concert in Maui?
P.S. Thank you, Donald and Walter, for finally sharing your gift with the world.
What were we waiting for?
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 1997 01:44:31 -0700
From: WMJE Wijffels <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: New Art Crimes
I'm from the Netherlands, and for the first heard of your music in an article in a Dutch magazine. I think your music is great blah blah blah.
Is there gonna be some new material before the turn of the century ?? I heard "Jack of Speed" during the Ahoy Rotterdam concert in 1996. And I'm really looking forward for more !
Can't you give me some clues,
From: email@example.com (Steve Ebersole)
Subject: Summer Schedule
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 1997 19:20:46 -0500
i would love to know when steely dan is planning to come to colorado. My husband and i are some of their biggest fans. Would you please send me a copy of their summer schedule? it would make our summer!
Sorry Kirsten, we're not gonna make it to Colorado this summer.
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 1997 07:40:21 -0700
From: Cary Altschuler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: What Happened in West Palm Beach?
I enjoyed your show in Orlando FL (summer '95) What the hell happened in West Palm Beach on the Art Crimes Tour when the breaker blew and the lights when out? I often wondered what madman would schedule an outdoor concert in the middle of the summer in so uth Florida. Were you guys using some sort of outdoor air conditioning? I noticed the suits and ties came off and you all stripped down to t-shirts. I'm looking foward to hearing more from you guys.
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 1997 21:25:41 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Fan Info
Please send me any information on upcoming tours. I have everyone of your alblums and am a huge fan. I am also interested in purchasing Steely Dan shirts, hats or other sportswear. Thanks!
From: "Nicholas Walker" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 1997 00:15:16 +0100
What's the story behind the way AJA sounds?
Hairless Romero, one-time Tape Operator, now Old Git.
...I always wondered what happens to old tape op's. Now I know.
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 1994 03:22:06 -0800
From: renn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
hello my friends, i was just wondering if you could tell me what album is this seats been taken, ida lee, and stone piano from as Australia has rather poor circulation and is difficult to get some records. Guys what do you th ink about "Close to the edge by yes" i think it is one of the finest albums produced alongside can't buy a thrill and countdown to ecstacy.
Do either of you know where to get dan tab as most of what i've got is only transcribed in piano.
Jai Alexander 17 Australia
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 12:20:23 -0700
From: Larkyn Kayser <email@example.com>
Subject: Upcoming Concerts
Will Steely be in the San Francisco area this summer or possibly in NYC in August? Thanks. I can't seem to find any updated concert info among all the different sites so if you have a specific page let me know! peace, larkyn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cool first name.
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 1997 07:00:38 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: lost tribe et al
I guess this is more for Walter than Donald...and may possibly be too trivial for your precious time BUT I'm a huge fan of Lost Tribe and Rise Robots Rise (which often contains members of LT), so you can imagine my orgasmic delight to see the lineu p on Whack (as well as the prod. cred. on LT's disc). The burning question is, do you think you will collaborate with LT again? Are you familiar with RRR or their alter-ego Fibre?
Maybe Lost Tribe could open up for you guys next time out?
Just a thought,
ps I'm trying to learn Surf and/or Die on guitar, any suggestions as to where I can find a chart?
Adam Rogers still has one, I think.
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 1997 23:17:22 +0000
From: FAURE Guillaume <email@example.com>
Subject: Message for the genius
"I can't help thinking of Babylon, is it serious doctor Wu ?"
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 1997 01:11:43 +0200
From: Joe Hammer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Late night in Paris and I figured I will leave my software
notes on the famous stretch problem 24 to 25 images a second. 104.17 %. Fairlights and drum pieces. Feeling a bit whimsical and remembering those old days on in Boston where I saw your grandfather play mijar chords. Now we are dealing with Euphonix snapsho ts and 4000 clips on 1 track, Multi-something or other and so on and so on. Thank y'all for the good musique that keeps my head together, and if if either of you are in Paris and would need a sonic tour guide, let me know. Line writing is like the food here.
Anyway thank you both for such wonderful musique and texte.
Joe Hammer / Fairlight France.
Sounds like you've had too much food for one night, n'est-ce pas?
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 1997 22:31:56 -0700
From: gary hintz <email@example.com>
Subject: new recording
dear donald/or walter/or whoever;
let me start with the standard - i think your great! now that we have that out of the way - lets get down to business. i own a rinky dink 16 track analog studio in canada. i run an old tascam 1" ms-16 analog recorder with a amr 1600 series console (32x16).
i consider myself (of course) a gifted recordist. i am also a old fart musician of almost 30 years on the road. if you have ever thought of doing a back to basics recording - please contact me!.
so many bands rely on the latest studio technology to give their recordings that "sound". it's true steely dan ha s used that technology to its fullest- and we all have marvelled at the result. but todays muscians seem to rely on digital technology (cut/paste/etc) to fix a lack of musicianship.
i think music is a gift that comes from the soul not from the computer.
i know this is crazy - but lets see what you can do without all the lights and bells of the l.a. studos. if not at my place then perhaps at another similar location. you must remember your first days in the studio - what a rush!
i understand that pro's need a pro enviroment - but you guys haveproven to the world what thats all about. it shouldn't be about money or record sales anymore - it's about music!
get back to "can't buy a thrill" - it was such rush.
a "big" fan
p.s. please bring roger.
Roger in an analog studio? I don't think so.
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 1997 17:22:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: To Walter from backup singer #2, finally.....
firstname.lastname@example.orgSo, Chicken finally got me on the Web. I'm in her apartment, just chillin in my Victor ia's Secret nightie (courtesy of Art Crimes '96) as I enter the world of Online Hedonism. Not much is going on these days, except that Michelle ( backup singer #1) and I are planning our weekly groove session with poetry readings, tour manager blood drinki ng, and adorable little booby dolls (one for each member of the band, except for brother Mike because I'll hear about it from the 'rents) which I spent all last week putting the finishing touches on. By the way, you eyes are brown, aren't they? In the mean time, Chicken and I are currently workin on some catchy tunes to help fill the void of meaninglessnes that pervades midApril life in NYC - snow and all. Of course, thanks o my new addiction of 25 minutes I already see that any creative impulses are now goi ng to be redirected to this goddamned keyboard... that isn't even mine. OK, as Chicken starts jammin on the mando, I am deciding to pull a one woman intervention on myself - IN THE NAME OF MUSIC. Keep the faith - see you at the 55 Bar !!
Where's that tour diary I keep hearing about?
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 1997 22:17:18 -0700
From: Dan Weidner <email@example.com>
Subject: The Future
My daughter Allison has been sending me increasingly strident e-mails from college demanding that I secure tickets to see Steely Dan this summer. Well, I suspect that 1997 might be a non-touring year, what with the giant tour last year and the new album t o be completed. However, before I disappoint Allison (not something to be done lightly), I thought I would just ask. Any tour plans this year? Perha ps you could include a page on tour plans or non-plans in the web site. Also, a status report on the progress of the new album would be nice.
I've been a Dan fan since the beginning. I can't begin to explain how much your music has meant to me. Thank you for every song.
We thought we'd spend the summer writing instead of touring this year. Sorry Allison.
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 1997 16:07:50 +0200
From: Chris Roelofs <firstname.lastname@example.org>
When I woke up this morning I finally realized why I never get a postcard from you guys. It's because you (and some other people too) do not have my address. Silly me... So here it is:
6537 JW NIJMEGEN
If you send me whatever you can miss, I might consider buying your next album. Otherwise, well... we'll see about that.
I enjoyed the show in Rotterdam last September. Amazing how 20 years can pass without leaving a stain on those songs ! Makes me wonder what the concert in 2020 will be like...
Why are you still reading ?! Go make some music !!
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 1997 17:53:34 -0400
From: email@example.com (Willian Orr)
Subject: toronto fan update
have yamaha cp 70 and complete song book trying my best to spread the word and my fingers.sometimes play third world man/brooklyn/pretzel logic etc.at jazz club with sax only.real keyboardist knows jobim & coltrane yet he watches with interest to those dan harmonics.saw in detroit and to.never play the same note once. from worrnospam@nospamholiday-house
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 97 02:52:56 0400
From: Jessica Mersky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: (no subject)
(And I'll restrain myself from any compulsion toward the obsequious gushing that fandom typically brings out in me, here. I tried that several times with Stevie Nicks back when I was twelve, and she never wrote back. There's a lesson in that, somewher e, and boy is my face red.)
When I was five, my parents bought Pretzel Logic on vinyl; I've been humming "Night by Night" off and on to myself ever since. That was 1979. Enough said.
I know too little about music to say anything of critical value other than, "Gee, thet thar music o' yourn sure is catchy." But to me, seventeen years worth of humming must mean I've acquired something more than a sore throat. There are a good few of my peers who believe Oasis really are the new Beatles; thankfully, I know better. They don't wear ties, for a start.
Thanks for the great music, gentlemen. Please pass the lozenges.
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 1997 17:09:54 -0700
From: William McCorkle <email@example.com>
Long time fan of your music... Just wanted touch bases with the whole Steely Dan gang... Ya know, I remember back in 70's when you first released the Aja album with PEG on it.. I was probably the youngest guitarist with my pop band, in southern California to play your music... I was only 17 or 18, don't remember... At any rate, I have been playing guitar: Jazz,Rock,Pop,Bossa Nova,etc for over 20+ years.
The following are some of my favorite performers:
Favorite Pop/Jazz Band: Steely Dan
Favorite Rock Bands: Rick Derringer, White Lion, White Snake, etc
Favorite Jazz lead Guitarist: Larry Carlton
Favorite Be Bop Jazz Rhythm Guitarist: Joe Pass
Favorite Strange Rock Guitarist: Jeff Beck
Favorite Rock/Blues Guitarist: Rick Derringer
Favorite Hard Rock Guitarist: Danny Johnson
Favorite Screamin Rock Guitarists: Vito Bratta--White Lion
Favorite Bossa Nova, Flamenco guitarist: Charlie Byrd, Lauriendo Almeida
Does Steely Dan have any MIDI files, per formed by the group?????? I'd like to play them on my personal web page... If so, what legal or copyright information should I include??????? If Steely Dan doesn't have any midi files available, what legal or copyright info should I put on my web page, eve n if I have their music performed by me or anyone else on my web page playing in the background or available for download(.mid) to anyone who visits my personal webpage??????
Look forward to hearing from Steely Dan.... Thanks for the great music....
From: "Rowe, Gerry" <ROWEGnospam@nospamwhtbs1.agw.bt.co.uk>
Subject: Scurvy Brothers
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 97 09:55:00 GMT
Dear Donald and Walter
Saw you @ Birmingham UK 12 Sep 96 and bought the Steely Dan T Shirt! The price was outrageous price (oh honey let me tell you....)
Me gustan mucho ustedes y desde hace mucho tiempo but:
1) Don't play so loud - I can hear you but I can't hear what you're playing
2) Fire all those eternally soloing sidemen - it's dull (bring back Denny
Dias, the Skunk, Larry Carlton, Wayne Shorter etc) - you wouldn't let them
do that on a studio album
3) Play more songs (okay I know it's a strain on the voice so get another
singer to help out). Steely Dan is about the melodies.
From Alive in America loved Reeling in the Years - much improved - and Sign in Stranger and Do It Again a la Art Crimes.
4) Keep those toons a-coming
5) Come back to UK soon
6) Don't pay any attention to people who tell you what to do, everything's fine, what do they know?
Gerry Rowe (aged 42 and a month and no longer a stranger)
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 1997 00:18:43 +0000
From: Thierry Brun <Thierry.Brunnospam@nospamwanadoo.fr>
Subject: I want to meet D & W to take a picture with us !
Hello Donald and Walter !
This is a small bottle from a french fan ... For the first time in my life , I will be in NY from 3/05/97 to 9/05/97 ! One of my dreams is to take a picture with you and me ! Would it be possible ? How can I meet you ? I'm not a wild man ...
From: "Albert T. Harutunian" <AHarutMDnospam@nospamsdmc.co.san-diego.ca.us>
Subject: Web page error
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 1997 19:04:10 -0700
There seems to be a hypertext error on the SD homepage. If you click on the hypertext that says "The Future: What Went Wrong?", you go to a web page for Selmer Saxophones. I assume this is an error.
You are obviously not a music lover.
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 1997 16:44:31 -0700
From: 94125484 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Oh, all sorts
I love your music (esp 11TOW and Aja). The next time you come to England (assuming the (possibly) new Labour goverment has no anti-Dan policy) how about dropping by for tea.
Back in the real world though: is there anywhere I can get a copy of the New York Rock and Soul Revue? Please?
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 1997 11:06:48 +0200
From: Ron Ides <Idesnospam@nospambvenet.nl>
Subject: a lot
Goodmorning (Dutch time) D & W (or mr. F. & mr. B)
Enjoying your music since 1979, I patiently waited during the eighties for new music & possible tours (although I didn't really expect to see you on stage ever: thank you for coming to Europe). Now after visiting your concerts in Rotterdam and Brussels (in Brussels the concert was even better) I am waiting again. Did I hear it right these nights? You dared to mention a 'NEW ALBUM'!
So, please, don't be too cruel (I can assure you, I buy the cd the first day it is in the shop) & tell me the latest and hottest news about it. Perhaps a release date?
Whatever you respond, thanks anyway. I still enjoy the old cd's.
greetings & the best of luck,
Hans van de Warenburg
Netherlands (Culemborg, where the .. is that, you ask yourself)
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 1997 12:15:01 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: all you purty, purty ones........
I love the guy who introduced the live version of Bodhisattva. Was that just some wino you picked up on your way in? Anyways, I was wondering if you are going to tour again this summer or when you plan to go back out on tour (specifically Southern Califo rnia)? Is there anyway to obtai n backstage or front row tickets, (who do I need to have my wife suck off?) Ok so it would be worth that but I am sure she won't go for it, so how would a normal fan go about this? And lastly - how come (at least at Irvine meadows) you never have played Deacon Blues? Thanks for replying and I hope all is Well.
Let the little purty one speak for herself, Dooks. Normal fans don't get to go backstage, although I'm not sure why you care about what "normal fans" do.
Date: Sun, 4 May 1997 23:07:13 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: WHats First?
Listen Up Boys..
Nice to finally see the web page updated this month. However, it would be nice to hear about a summer tour and new album. Please release info about the tour first so us regular 9 to 5 folk can plan thier summer vacation days around camping at the ticket booths. By the way Walt, time to get DF online and into the spot light again......This isnt 1981..........I think....
I'm with you, mr D.
From: garyvnospam@nospamCTN.Argus.CO.ZA (gary van dyk)
Subject: greetings from SA
hello Donald and Walter
greetings from the new (slightly) improved South Africa, yeah that's us right at the bottom.
wow the internet is just bemo er who would have thought that after many years of drooling and sometimes dancing to you guys from the 70's when we could get hold of some of your material in those days the magic of science can make us meet in a way but having enjoyed your music for such a long time it is no wonder that you have so many friends, judging by all the mail you get. In a world where the todays talent is measured by the numbers of tits and toet they put on the video it's great to see that there are people who still have the abil ity to appreciate talent in its truest form. Looking at some of the so-called pop stars today makes me want to puke, most of what they are producing is absolute drivel and only sells on the soft porn value of the video. You just have to look at the recent macarena craze to see what I mean, Two old geezers surrounding themselves with scantily clad ladies and ZAM you have a hit. Luckily there are still groups like you guys around and as much as the fake generation yuppie types want to admit it there are still people who want to hear more than two chords in a song and words and melodies that make sense. Here in Cape Town I recently asked a local music radio station why they did not play any of your material and was told that their surveys show that people do no t want to hear anything in the jazzy vein they just want to hear some violent hip hop rappy crap. Well, I proved them wrong by linking up with a community radio station and presenting a three-hour jazz programme and guess what _ we're very popular and I do play Steely Dan and people love it. Incidently Mr Fagan I think that I recently got you what must be one of your oldest fans, A young lady of 84, yes 84 years young and she heard your Snowbound over the air and immediately called to find out all the detai ls of the CD. I sent her to a friend of mine who works in a record bar and he thought that someone was playing a joke on him and kept looking around for the camera's. This young lady has also tuned into Pat Metheny since listening to our programme so it ju st goes to show you that age is no barrier when it comes to good music, especially you guys. Michael Brecker was over here a few years ago with the paul simon tour and I told him how much I liked his work with your guys and he made me spill my beer, he bou ght me another, good guy hey. Hey I reckon I going on to long but I have about 20 years of being out of touch to catch up on _ naah I won't do that now.
I see you guys have toured all over but not here and I'm not going to ask I just want you guys to know especially Don, When the Cold Wind Blows, you go where the Dahlias bloom, well here in Cape Town the cold wind hardly blows and much more than Dahlias bloom throughout the year.
By the way its my birthday on 1June, (the 40 this year) I'm having a small do, bit of beer, bit of barbeque and some of the sweetest herbs this side of the Equator, our stuff is legendary, you guys are welcome to come along, if you want to get here this is the directions
=From the airport travel towards Table Mountain on the N2 for about 5kms turn left at exit 14 watch for the Towers before the turn, don't stop at the restaurant you pass near the turn off, horses heads were found in their yard recently, go on until you see traffic lights next to a vegetable stand in the middle of the road ............,.......
Aahg, just call when you get here, we're starting the affair at about 3pm don't be late guys, and presents bring presents this is the last one for me and in all my years I've still not got a GI Joe suit.
Gary van dyk.
Wow. My hypothetical respect for the legendary Durban Dark has been expanded by a full order of magnitude. One question: what about a couple of old geezers surrounded by scantily clad ladies, assuming the geezers are sporting tunes chockabloc with knuckle-busting distended 11th chords and the like? Would that be any better? Would that be okay?
Date: Mon, 05 May 1997 13:32:32
Subject: True Companion
I have been searching for piano sheet music & ly rics for "True Companion", Mr. Fagen's composition on the soundtrack of Heavy Metal (1981). I think it is a beautiful composition. I lead a jazz quartet and think it will be a well suited framework for solo piece work. My problem is, I can't find it ANYWHERE! I have searched a 4-state area in music stores, to no avail. I would appreciate any help or advice. Just the name of a store, a phone#, or any info to steer me in the right direction.
You might want to search a tri-state area - that usually works for me.
Date: Mon, 05 May 1997 22:33:22 -0500
From: Ben Tatar <email@example.com>
Subject: Caves of Alt.
Hey guys, caught your show last year on August 3rd in Wisconsin and it was one of the greatest nights of my life. Thanks for coming 'round again and allowing me to see my music heroes.
.....now, any chance you guys'll start touring next year with that soul quartet who redid Caves Of Altamira on that 1988 Jazz Sampler?
From: "James E. Bordner" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 5 May 1997 23:50:04 -0500
Subject: Another proud shuck....
What the hell happened to the MIdnight Cruiser Sweepstakes? I know that it's a little late for tickets to the summer show of your choice, but those of us who bothered to respond to your magic lantern show at least deserve to know if our verse was good eno ugh to be in the song.
It was not. W
Date: Tue, 6 May 1997 02:59:59 -0400
From: Leo the Awe-Inspiring <email@example.com>
in your expert opinion, which 20th-century president had the largest penis?
Date: Tue, 06 May 1997 17:00:44 -0700
From: Umesh Rajamani <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Hi Guys
Hello Donald and Walter
Greetings from Bangalore, India. Yeah this is the Third World Man (wink, wink). Donald, you have an other-worldly, ethereal voice. Walter, you shouldn't be singing at all, you sound like (never mind). Is it true you guys were told you'd never quite make it in the world of Jazz and so you took to your inimitable style. Well the worl d gained and Jazz lost.
Just had a crazy thought: Do you think you guys could ever hit the road with a couple of acoustic guitars and tour the Third World ?!
With much love and regards,
Not fucking likely, if this sorry missive from a town famous for its torpedoes is meant to be an example of Third World hospitality.
From: Eskunder Boyd <email@example.com>
Subject: Sex, and lots of it.
Date: Tue, 6 May 1997 22:11:50 -0400 ()
I am sorry if my subject title is missleading, but I had to do something to make this message stand out. This e-mail has nothing to do with sex. Let me get to what it does have to do with. My name is Eskunder Boyd. I am now 21, but will turn 22 on t he 13th of May (same birthday as Stevi e Wonder, but that's neither here nor there). I have been a die-hard Steely Dan fan for some time now. It is a unique delight to decipher some different SD lyric. A little while ago I wrote Pete Fogel with a trivia question and asked him how I might be able to get into contact with either Walter or Donald (pardon my use of the familiar). He told me that Walter recieves the mail from the SD website mail-drop, so here goes. Mr. Becker I cannot overstate my admiration for Steely Dan. It must seem a bit incongrous to some, this Black, 21 year old who should be listening to something modern, belting out lines from Do It Again. I am not a violent person, but am prone to throw punches if some buffon insults the lyrical genius of Mr. Steely Dan. I say all this to say that the music of Steely Dan, and other Dan related projects, will carry on to the next generation. I can promise you that my kids will be praying to Turn that Heartbeat over Again. I saw you guys this past summer at the Nissan Pa villion in Virginia and it was the highlight of the summer. I imagine that you must be sick of all this adulation, but you gotta know that I am for real. Hell, I even have the vinyl with Dallas on it. In addition to Citizen Steely Dan, I also have e very release (granted their on CD) except for 2. Don't worrt as soon as I get some cash those two are mine. I guess I just wanted to tell you that I love and appreciate your music. Absolute genius. If you don't ever get a chance to read this, oh wel l I'll keep on rocking. If you do get the chance to read this, please send back some confirmation that you got it. It would make my year. Well I guess that's all I can say.
Now, then, and forever ... STEELY DAN
Most Sincerely yours,
Eskunder Raven Tedros Boyd
p.s. What the hell is retsina (from Home at Last). I imagine its some type of wine, but cannot find it in the dictionary.
You may be able to find it at the local Greek eatery.
Date: Tue, 6 May 1997 22:26:05 -0400 (EDT)
Hey Don, Walt, how come you guys didn't write me the first time around.....I know you guys are busy but hey.....just drop me a line to let me know you got this. 'preciate it. Thanks. ----Tom
From: "Larry Hager" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Steely Dan T-Shirts
Date: Tue, 6 May 1997 21:58:30 -0500
Dear D + W,
What was your profit margin on the $25 t-shirts sold during the 1996 tour? Hope you made a bundle. It is nice to see you no longer hold socialist views and have embraced a pure, market-driven captialism.
You will be happy to know that there is an after-market for your 1994 t-shirts. I just sold two of them at my garage sale for 50 cents each. Please don't take it personally. I am not trying to divest myself of The Dan. Just count me as a loyal fan who is sick of wearing t-shirts.
The value of the t-shirts seems to vary from region to region - the going rate is about $200 apiece out this way. Too bad you had to let yours go in a depressed market.
Date: Wed, 07 May 1997 15:57:04 +0100
From: Jim Baker <email@example.com>
Subject: been tryin' to get thru!
I am sort of known as the San Fran Knight.
It seems as though my previous attempts to mail you guys went awol!
Anyway, here is some over-excited praise to two of the greats, as far as I and probably all the others reading this page are concerned.
Saw you guys last September at Wembley. Black Cow and My Old School were the ones, I feel. Stomp stomp stomp. My friend and I could not stop digging them for days.
Interestingly enough, my young daughter Chloe, 7 weeks, really enjoys your stuff, especially Royal Scam. I tell her that it is Carlton's genius, or Purdie's inate funk. She just dribbles, but at least she sleeps at night. Her favourite teddy is called Rikk i.
Any chance of getting a baseball cap. I queued for ages, missing East St Louis and half of Glamour Profession, (I think), but they sold out!!!!!
It was good to see Cornelius with you guys too. I've admired his cool since I got the Dobbies' One Step Closer. He plays well.
I was chastised recently on the Banyan Trees post board for admitting that I was a fan of Wynton Marsalis. what do you guys make of Branford? I would mind seeing you include him! He's pretty damn chill.
Walter, your playing really kicked, and Donald, the way you went at that keyboard, did it bleed?
Looking forward to the new disc. But willing to wait a while.
Anyway, I'll try for the hat once more, I have an AMEX card!!
Laters from London
From: "Mike McMillan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Web content
Date: Wed, 7 May 1997 15:29:14 -0500
Dear W and D,
Okay you guys, first you don't post anything on this site for weeks, then you add a little content and a "coming soon" link to info about the Summer '97 tour. Thanks a lot... What's next, a link to non-existent sound clips from the new album? Why not just say, "Check this site often for a chance to win $1,000,000.00. Delivered to your house, in the middle of the night, unannounced, by Donald and Walter themselves."
We are unable to accept unsolicited suggestions for content on the Steely Dan web page at this time. Sorry.
Date: Thu, 8 May 1997 19:40:17 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Arnie goes to xamen <email@example.com>
Subject: HELLO FROM NORWAY !!!!(JUST ONE OF THE 4 000 000.SPECIES OF THE RACE)
IF YOU READ MY NAME YOU WILL SEE THAT I`M STUDENT WHO ARE GOING TO HAVE XAMENS SON !!! NEVER MIND !!! SCHOOL SUCKS !!! BUT IT`S A FINE PLACE TO BE !!! WELL AT LEAST FOR A LAZY STUDENT AS ME !!! IT`S WERY SOCIAL PLACE TO BE, THAT`S WHY I`M AN STUDENT. WELL DIDN`T WRITE YOU BECAUSE I`M AN STUDENT, BUT BECAUSE I LOVE MUSIC, AND I THINK YOU HAVE DONE SOM PRETTY GOOD STUFF !!! ALL AND ALL I THINK "THE NIGHTFLY" IS ONE OF THE BEST RECORDS I EVER BOUGHT !!! BUT I HAVE A FEELING THAT THE LP SOUNDS BETTER THAN THE CD !!! DIDN`T THEY USE THE ORGINAL MASTER TAPE WHEN THEY MASTRED THE CD ???? ARE THERE GOING TO BE AN UPGRADEDED VERSIN OF THE "NIGHTFLY", ORE IS THIS THE FINALY VERSION ???
YEAH, AJA AND Gaucho-(SORRY MY ENGLISH IS KINDA OUT OF TUNE, DIDN`T GIVE ADAME ABOUT IT AT SCHOOL. BUT I GUESS THAT IT`S POSSIBLE TO UNDERSTAND)-ARE GOOD TO !!! BEFORE THAT I THINK YOUR ALBUMS WHERE SO SO! WELL, THAT WAS JUST MY OPINION, BUT NEVER MIND !!!
SO, WHEN WILL YOUR NEW ALBUM BE RELEASED, AND WILL IT CONTAIN ALOT OF SONGS, ORE JUST THE NORMAL 7 ORE 8 ????(DON`T YOU PREFER QUANTITY, BEFORE QUALITY ???)
THAT`S IT !!! ARE NOT GOING TO BOTHER YOU ANYMORE. WELL AT LEAST IF YOU READ THIS. IF YOU DON`T, YOU PROBBALY WANT BE BOTHERD AT ALL, AND THEN LIVE A HAPPYLIER LIFE !!!
YEAH. IF YOU DIDN`T UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF THE SUBJECT. IT WAS JUST ABOUT THAT NORWEGIANS ARE KIND OF FEW PEOPLE. JUST OVER 4 000 000 INHABITANS. SO,DONT TRY TO SAVE THE WHALE, SAVE US NORWEGIAN INSTEAD.
ARNE FROESTRUP(DO YOUR SELVES A FAIVOR, DONT TRY TO PRENANCE MY CHRISTIAN NAME. ACTUALLY IT`S DANISH)
I already tried saving Norwegians, it didn't work out.
Date: Fri, 09 May 1997 10:57:26 -0400
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Donna Gattuso)
Subject: 1997 concert??
Hi! I can't get to the section listed as 1997 concerts, so I thought I would just come out and ask... are you coming back to the Virginia Beach Ampitheater this year? Last year's show was just wonderful!
Date: Fri, 09 May 1997 11:01:28 -0400
From: email@example.com (Donna Gattuso)
Subject: (no subject)
there is a section listed for 1997 concert dates, but I cannot select that... ??? is it a problem on my end or on yours?
From: Ronald Boon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: New album??
Date: Fri, 9 May 1997 18:03:51 +-200
Dear Walter&Donald and/or fans,
I was informed that there will be a new album released in spring 1997. Is there any news on that? Please inform me and many thanks,
Spring 97? uh-oh.....
Date: Fri, 09 May 1997 23:50:02 -0400
From: "Richard R. Rassmann" <email@example.com>
Subject: Wanted: More Dan
A big fan in the Carolinas would love info on future concert dates, or plans. Charlotte hasn't been the same since the last SD concert.
Sue me if I played too long ...
Date: Sat, 10 May 1997 13:09:40 -0700
From: "Scott L. Sykes" <Scott.L.Sykesnospam@nospamboeing.com>
Subject: Green Acres
To Whom is my Concern:
I'll get to the point and exclude the usual I.S.A.B.F. (i'm such a big fan) treatment. My latest band, the Son's Of Barbeque (SOB'S) have been performing quite a few SD covers, ie: Bodhisattva, Reeling, Kid C., Josie, and my personal favorite, Green Earrings. I have admittedly taken liberty with the lyrics , as is sometimes necessary to keep the audience alert/awake; such is the case in the mid-west when most people are expecting another disgusting rendition of "free bird." Anyway, what follows is my adaptation of your lyrics for the chain-smoking, nose-pick ing, possum-eating, wife-beating trailer trash that sometimes stumbles into a SOB show:
GREEN ACRES - adapted from "GREEN EARINGS"
OLD.....BORING, RE-RUNS, ON TV,
CAN'T BELIEVE, WHAT I SEE,
GREEN ACRES, I REMEMBER, THAT DOUGLAS FARM..BEHIND,
I REMEMBER, THAT HOOTERVILLE SIGN,
WHAT I'D FIND, I DON'T MIND.
HIS....TRACTOR, ALWAYS, ON THE BLINK,
EB, MR. ZIFFEL,
HAD A PIG FARM, SURE DID STINK,
GREEN ACRES, I REMEMBER, THAT PIG WHO WATCHED TV,
I REMEMBER, MR. HANEY,
WHAT I SEE, CAN IT BE?
GREEN ACRES, I REMEMBER,
THAT LAND SO FAR AND WIDE,
KEEP MANHATTAN, GIVE ME THE COUNTRY SIDE,
FAR AND WIDE, FAR AND WIDE.
Well, I hope we haven't broken any copywrite laws, as the intent is purely satrical. Anyway, I would expect you might get a laugh out of this.
"Keep we must, if keep we can, the laws of God, the laws of man." A.E. Houseman My lawyer is still napping, but the gods may well be holding their noses. You may have to settle with them later.
From: "Steve Lewis" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: What, no Kona Extra Fancy until Thanksgiving???
Date: Sun, 11 May 1997 00:43:27 -0400
OK, guys, love your work, individual ly & together, you guys were the first group I bought when I started replacing vinyl (sigh) with CDs. I dunno, DVD? Some other format change? I must be gettin' old. Any way, Walter, I know a buddy a yours; I'm embarrassed to say I've forgotten his name. He was a customer of mine at my coffee bar on 82nd & First Ave., NYC (http://www.orensdailyroast.com/welcome.html) . He, before I got transferred to our store at 30th & Third, used to keep me up-to-date on the Steely songwriting, album-writing/recording spe culative schedule. (At one point, you sent him a Steely Dan bathrobe ---- maybe the marketing boys ought to look into selling these bad boys at your future shows). We started talking about you guys on account a I'm known for playing your music (11 Tracks i s still one of my favorite --- I'm already on my second copy & I finally got the bucks together for the boxed set last fall and proceeded to listen to all or part of it for the next four months, not that I'm obsessive compulsive or anything and what are yo u lookin' at?) Thanks for all the tunes & look forward to hearing more.
Sorry 'bout the Kona, it wasn't what they said it was anyway.
Date: Sun, 11 May 97 00:39:04 -0700
From: David Woolbright <email@example.com>
Subject: '96 tour
Say, I was wondering why you skipped Atlanta last year on the tour. I was really counting on seeing you in concert. If you want, I'll take your tour manager's job. That way you would never miss Atlanta. Also, on the dan cam, are you guys really in the studio or do you just show the same pictures to create the illusion that you are in the studio? Hope you can respond.
A statistical outlier on the gullibility curve - I must remember to ask Pete to send you one of those posters.
Date: Sun, 11 May 1997 19:21:56 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Vinyl Appreciation
Hope this gets to you and you have time to read it.
Thanks very much for a superb concer t at the Wembley Arena last September. The arrangements of all the songs were spot on and your band was superb. Just one question - why oh why did you take so long to get back over here?! I hope it's whetted all your appetites as I for one can't wait to ha ve you back. Maybe I'll get a better view next time (moan!).
Now, I know your probably going to switch off at this point but I have to partly agree with "siegfried" about the vinyl versus CD argument. I'm not going to go all "up my own arse" on this but j ust to say that , as a confirmed vinyl junkie I very much like to listen to any type of music on vinyl if I can, even down to the whole packaging thing. I'm very keen to get hold of the Alive in America album, but don't know if it's available on vinyl.
Anyway, thanks again for some great memories last year and come back soon!
Hmmm...maybe it's time for a "Remastered to Virgin Vinyl by the Artistes" series?
Date: Mon, 12 May 1997 14:14:14 -0700
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Per-Gunnar Eriksson)
Subject: Finally got 'em back!
My friends finally moved off of the boat they've been living on for the winter - an din the process of moving they finally returned "Kamakiriad" and "11 TOW"! No apparent salt residue on either. I'm happy! P-G Eriksson, The Nothern Hemisphere.
From: Frankie <email@example.com>
Subject: Michael McDonald
Date: Tue, 13 May 1997 00:12:07 +0200
my name is Frank and I'm from Berlin, Germany. I'd like to asnnounce that I have put up a site for Michael McDonald at http://members.aol.com/MMcDld/ In case you like the site you may like to link to it, as I'm linking to your site, too.
Looking foward to hearing from you,
From: "Clay Wallace" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 May 1997 13:55:48 -0400
Any tours coming up??
Date: Tue, 13 May 1997 15:48:30 -0700
From: Lesa Antone-Hammer <email@example.com>
Subject: Oregon Tour Dates
Just curious if you guys were coming back to Oregon this year....Or close to here anyway. Missed last year's concert in Portland but was hoping for a repeat show this year! if you have any info at this time you could pass along to me, my friends and I wo uld love to hear about it. thanks...........Lesa
Date: Tue, 13 May 1997 17:55:47 -0700
From: Ed Beatty <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: WHATS WHEN AND IS IT UP?
To whom this may concern,
You have piqued my interest with your recent posting of Summer 97 on the webpage without a link.
As someone who needs lots of lead time to plan the extraganza's that I become involved regarding your most recent foray's into America and elsewhere.
I say "WHATS UP AND WHEN?"
No spitting, please.
Date: Wed, 14 May 1997 22:56:52 -0400
From: "David S. Lifton" <email@example.com>
Subject: Song played during b-ball game
I was just watching tha fuckin' Knicks lose to Miami when, coming back from a commercial break, TNT starts playing "Walk Between Raindrops" (Ohhhhh Miami!) while showing an overhead shot of that very same city and that got me thinking, do you guys (well , in this case just Don) get royalties for that and, if so, can I get a piece of that for pointing it out to you? No, I thought it was worth a shot. Teddy Turner's got deep pockets even if Jane is in at least one of them.
Keep it up
Date: Thu, 15 May 1997 15:54:22 -0400
From: "Craig D. Leach" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: 1997 Concerts
Is Steely Dan touring this summer? If so , where can I get a copy of their schedule?
Coming soon to a page on this site.
Date: Thu, 15 May 1997 17:27:55 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: whens the new album coming out?
this is not a question I should really have to ask its should already be on this web page when is the US tour?
Date: Fri, 16 May 97 14:45:58 EST
From: "Mark Jordan" <email@example.com>
Dear Dan & Walt
Ok, so the USA got to see you a couple of times, how about a tour of Australia. You guys were huge here in the seventies and your songs are still played all the time on the radio so I don't think you'd have a problem selling tickets. Hell, I even get to hear your music in the local supermarket. I'm not kidding, I guess Coles (the name of the chain store) figure Dirty Work, Rik ki or Reelin' are conducive to the purchasing of houshold goods. So, how about it guys. Australia awaits.
Date: Fri, 16 May 1997 09:22:23 -0700
From: Katy Riley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Steely Dan
I have been listening to you guys since I was 8 years of age. Now that I am older I go to work and sing Steely Dan songs with my friend there. Keep the fire burning!
Date: 16 May 97 08:57:58 -0600
From: Chuck Matzker <email@example.com>
Dear Mr. Becker & Mr. Fagan,
Great live shows the last two years here in Denver.
I have made a keen observation. You two are the Andy Warhol of the music business. You started out doing hack music for shady characters ( I guess the characters are ALWAYS shady), just trying to make it into the business. Andy Warhol, as we all know, started prostituting himself as a graphic designer just to get into the New York Art scene. You bucked all trends and wanted to do your own stuff, regardless of what others thought. Andy did everything he could to be different, and found mixing pop lexicons and ego-centric voyerism t o be somewhat "vouge-rougue". You mixed your love for jazz, etc... I won't even get into how Andy had others do his silscreens and prep work for him, and how you guys hire outside musicians.
What I'm trying to get at is, that true art not only engages the viewer, or listener, but changes the way they see things. Your sardonic wit, very much in tune with my own, is pleasing to hear among such flowery or campy music, much as looking at a Warhol after staring at neo-classical paintings all day just was hes out all the garbage floating in your head. I appreciate your art of the past, and look forward to hearing your art of the future. I am not concerned with, nor will I ask, about when your next album will come out. Did true art lovers keep bugging War hol about when his next set of silkscreens was due? I think not.
I have no idea what it's like to live in/out of the public eye like you two, but I am sure it has to mess with your heads sometimes. You enjoy covering up your fears with humor and wit. That's great. It's a hell of a lot better than drowning it in a bot tle, or ranting on like mental patient, a la some recent bands I've heard. I don't pretend to guess what your lyrics mean, or try to get in your heads like many fans do, but I enjoy, af ter listening to a song for years, having a lyric come to life in a way it never did before. It's like a painting in your house you just never get sick of. Just thought you needed a little honest affirmation.
Yes, Brother Matzker, you tell it like it is.
Date: Sat, 17 May 1997 05:14:46 -0800
From: Louis Venezia <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: west of the 405
Steely Dan/Becker & Fagen,
I turned 25 this year and thoug ht it was about time to apologize for being a nut case fan when I was in high school. I know you guys were probably a little fan-shy after the whole Larry Carlton deal, so I hope I wasn't too scary. When I was in high school celebrity stalking didn't car ry the cachet it does today. Anyway, Mr. Fagen might recall a letter and a call or two to the Powerstation with messages from an old friend. Desperate youth crap. I thought meeting you might help me with those E minor 9 to C13 changes.
Anyway, I was just checking out your website tonight and noticed a reference to Dolores' Diner on Santa Monica Blvd. in West L.A. See, a few years ago I came out to Hollywood (from New Jersey) to be a whore TV/Film writer. Anyway, I moonlight as a messenger and have h ad a few pickups at the studio on Butler across the street from Dolores. I saw your gold records and then it hit me that perhaps you too have enjoyed the technicolor yellow gravy on Dolores' famous open-faced hot Turkey sandwich. Not to mention the old, silver-haired waiter with pompador and onyx pinkie ring who works the half-circle booths in the back section.
It's tough finding real Jersey Route 1 and 9 diners in L.A. And there's nothing out here that matches the Munson on 11th Ave/49th or The Tunnel Diner, but once in a while I just have to drop in to Dolores and force down the gravy. Kind of like getting th rough Ginsberg's "Please Master," without asking "Why?"
Looking for Cherrycoke,
Date: Sun, 18 May 1997 08:29:48 +0100
From: "Michael O'Neal" <email@example.com>
I stepped up on the platform ....
the man gave me the news ...
he said you must be joking ....
where did you get those cheap Wal-Mart-Knock-Off shoes???? .....
the lyrics and the music have survived here. I'm 35 now and still listen to the powerful dynamics of Fagan and ...... Steely Reelin in da years ....
p.s. ... it is my wish that Fagan sign my guestbook.
Date: Sun, 18 May 1997 13:00:06 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: To Walter - Question about "11 Tracks of Whack"
Really enjoyed your solo outing. I saw you guys in Nashville a couple of years ago and you played a couple of the songs before the disc was released and it enticed me to buy it. How did the cd end up doing, sales wise? Do you have more solo ventures in the works? Did you do any touring to support the cd? It would've been neat to see you in some small clubs.
Anyway, just wanted to say "hey - good job".
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Date: Sat, 18 May 1996 23:49:41 +0300
From: riaan erasmus <firstname.lastname@example.org>
hi, i would like to find out more about dennis chambers. I really enjoy the alive in america album. I would like to know more about dennis chambers (the greatest drummer ever). could you please let me know how to get hold of him. I unfortunately do not hav e a computer so could you plea se write to me at 63 troye street, 106 swellendam flats, sunnyside, pretoria, south africa, africa. My name is peter. If possible could you please give dennis tha adress or otherwise ask him to write. keep up the good work, your're the greatest!!!!!!
Date: Sun, 18 May 1997 21:36:49 -0400
Subject: Tour '97???
Greetings Great Ones,
Just hoping you'll bring your fabulous show to Northern Ohio again this year. I was suicidal for months after I fou nd out I'd be out of town and miss the show last year. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE come back this year. OK, how about a bribe??? Corned Beef sandwiches at Corky And Lennys. I'll buy for the whole band, except Cornelious, I'd probably have to mortgage the ho use to feed him. Maybe even play just a small gig if Donald comes back to visit his parents. Any '97 tour info would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks for always keeping the music priority one, and not selling out to commercialism. You dudes are the BEST !!!!
P.S. Never got the chance to say before now, but the NY Rock and Soul Review Tour was TITS!!!!
It so happens that Cornelius Bumpus is a very dainty eater. Goodbye, sir.
Date: Mon, 19 May 1997 17:27:12 +0000
From: Richard Curtis <email@example.com>
Antidisesthablishmentarianism. There is my fifty-nine cent word for this message. I felt it necessary to keep up with the other fine fans o' Dan. I have the critical job of being a bartender in Sou thern Maine in the summertime, this is how I finance grad school and my expensive taste in booze. I must say, as a longtime fan, I love to play your (my favorite music) in my bar. The only time people mellow the fuck out (and how) and not bitch about "the tunes" is when Pretzel Logic is on- this seems to be the best for drinking with Royal Scam a close second. They dig Bowie, too.
So, hey I'm drunk, and it's cool. If you ever get to York Beach, find Marlyn's and lobsters and drinks are on me! Ever SCUBA dive?
Sounds like you might be coming up a little faster than your bubbles, Ricky. And where the hell is York Beach anyway?
Date: Mon, 19 May 1997 15:52:13 -0700
From: David Schmidt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: (no subject)
Date: Mon, 19 May 1997 19:24:05 -0400 (EDT)
HI GUYS! MY NAME IS JILL. I HAVE SEEN YOU GUYS TWICE AT THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS. THEY WERE THE BEST CONCERTS I HAVE EVER SEEN. I HAD A BLAST!! WHEN WILL YOU TOUR AGAIN?
Sooner or later.
Date: Tue, 20 May 1997 17:59:11 +1000
From: Tom Pitsis <email@example.com>
Subject: Australian tour.
Your antipode fans love the steeliness of your dan as much as your americans and europeans. Next tour, please let some Australian entrepreneur rip you off enough to endure a very very long flight in order that i may enjoy you live. I deserve it, because a moronic rumour has spread that Alive in America is of dubious quality - slander I quash, like a lit match on a sea-monkey starter kit, simply by playing the thing to your self proclaimed other fans.
Thanks, Tom, for defending our honor, such as it is.
Date: Tue, 20 May 1997 15:23:28 -0400 (EDT)
When are you guys going back on tour? Just a simple quesition, thanX
Date: Tue, 20 May 1997 15:38:19 -0400 (EDT)
Well, I can't seem to stump the Fogel...either I ask him and he knows the answer, or I never get a reply. I mean, he didn't even know what a "senior quote" was, much less what you guys' quotes were. That, and he refuses to admit that Michael McDonald say "The shadow falls", rather than "the shutter falls" in Peg. I ask wh at the discrepency was, he says there is no discrepency, and where can I turn for support? And so I come to you guys...is a signed lithograph of an album cover very much to ask for my hard work? I think not, and I'm sure that somebody over in the Dan ca mp agrees with me. If you guys go touring, I'll be there, and if not, I'll hope that whatever activities you are involved in are condusive to a healthy working environment.
953 Lawson Street
Chattanooga, Tn. 37415
Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 19:42:54 -0700
From: Greg Beckett <firstname.lastname@example.org>
YOU BLOKES PLANNING ON COMING TO AUSTRALIA IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE
Date: Thu, 22 May 1997 20:09:24 -0400 (EDT)
From: Peter Sisk <email@example.com>
Subject: Any Major Dude
Hi Donald and Walter - We're big fans of your music. Can't wait to hear some new stuff. Please, we gotta know, what is a squonk?
Peter J. Sisk
35 Brock Street, Apt. 1706, Hamilton, ON L8L 4L7
From: LR97nospam@nospamwebtv.net (Ronda Marschalk)
Date: Fri, 23 May 1997 04:24:42 -0700
Subject: Imitation Steely Bands?
Hey guys, I'm a big fan and all that stuff. Your a one of a kind ba nd! I love the jazz in your music! I'd love to hear you guys do a fusion tune like Scott Henderson and Tribal Tech. Scott said he wishes he could find a singer like Donald and he's had no luck so he'll keep it only instrumental. I've seen you guys every ti me your in L.A. and it's the best shows I've ever seen!! What happened to the fast jammin' guitar on your live performance of "Reelin' In The Years"? I liked the new live version but missed the jammin' parts. Anyway, I just wanted to know what you guys thi nk about other imitation bands that go on stage at small places and do the tribute thing. Do you guys get pissed? Have you been impressed? Have you heard any of these bands? My friend said he seen a group called Pretzel Logic in the L.A. area back in 1985 and said it was a 8 man band with horns and a singer that sounded very close to Donald. I told him they couldn't do it and they probably sucked. I was just wondering what you guys think about imitation bands of your group and if you would even recommend on e in paticular if you heard one that impressed you. I can't wait for your next album if there will be one. I'm not trying to be a jerk but the so-called band Boston should be called The Tom Scholz Project] puts out albums quicker than you guys. The longer you guys take the more I'll expect. Boston blows now because Tom Scholz thinks to much about his writting and perfecting of his music. I wasn't impressed after waiting 7yrs.. Boston was better when they put out two albums within two years and kept origina l band members. Oh the hell with Boston. What happened to Larry Carlton? I was also expecting him to be on tour with you guys. Did you ask him? Anyway, thanks for reading my e-mail and keep up the great shows! You guys are not rusty like Boston's concerts. The only thing that Tom Scholz's has going for him is the singer Brad Delp and he'll probably blow that. Did you hear their last album? The new singer is horrible. We'll maybe I'm to opinionated and pickey. Take care and I hope to hear a new album SOON!!! From Mr. Lon Marschalk
A perfect note to end on, don't you think?