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Look -- we're a little busy now, ok? We're a little preoccupied here. We got stuff to do. But just because we can't answer the mail doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to read a sampling of it, right? In fact, I daresay some of you should start pulling your weight around here and answer some of these fine people's questions. Now tell me, is that too much to ask?

From: xxx
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 1998 23:28:01 -0800

Please don't post my email with any identifying information such as email
address or handle. Thank you for your cooperation.

I have answered some of the fans email from the last email bag, I try to do
what I can to help the other fans, especially ones that have the thirst of
knowledge to know more about the band and don't make it their lives or
think that the only true fans are the ones that know SD inside out and
backwards. I have noticed that there seems to be a lot of talk about a
screenplay for a SD related movie or such on the Sign In Stranger
Guestbook. I wouldn't mind contributing my ideas for something like this
but without any solicitation or formal call for such contributions from
Mssrs. Fagen and Becker, I feel that it's a little weird to do so. I love
SD as a musical group but since I haven't heard anything official from them
I haven't contributed anything to the screenplay discussion on the GB. I
don't want to seem selfish for not doing so, I have ideas of my own, but
they are not very clear at the moment since I have never seriously thought
of writing such a screenplay. If there is some sort of official notice
that the boys are interested in such input, I'll gladly participate and
share my ideas, but I don't want to appear obsessive by posting plots on
the GB.


From: "Brent Waite" <>
Subject: Baldino, Losi, Lansky, Schultz & Madden & HOF
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 1998 17:35:10 -0700

To the Dan:

For the next HOF go around, consider dropping BLLS & M. No
need to divert precious web site resources to pay $650/hour
high rise attorneys. I am willing to do the legal work necessary
to make HOF offers in exchange only for your agreement to
explicate SD lyrics. I am confident your satisfaction with my
legal work would match my satisfaction with your explications.
If you accept this offer, send a retainer of one explication each
of "Your Gold Teeth II" and "Green Earrings." All explications
would be protected by attorney/client privilege.

Yours truly,

Country Lawyer

Subject: i got a question
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 1998 23:49:01 -0600

i live in guadalajara, mexico

i'm 24, so i don't know so much about the dan, i saw them in chicago back
in 1994, and i was so impressed, then i read the "reelin through the years"

the question is: why is my city mentioned in "my old school"?????

thank you!!!

PS i have all the dan albums, but i don't have any bootleg, i mean
a live album from the early "hated" tours (73-74), please help me to find
one here is imposible.

From: Jamo1000 <>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 1998 10:01:18 EST
Subject: they looped black cow?


i was only half asleep this morning, monitoring the feed when to my utter
bemusement the strains of "black cow" came out of, of all things, mtv. i
thought perhaps this was some sort of tie-in to the whole hall of fame sham.

however, i was disappointed to discover it was Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz with
their release "Deja Vu". frankly, while i love all things Dan their incessant
looping of the opening strains of b.c. became really irritating underneath
their unimaginative rap.
for the record, i am not anti-sampling (de la soul being a particularly
creative example & i loved 37 hours in the u.s.a).

i felt dirty after it was all over. i hope you & donald are getting paid boo-
koo moolah for these hacks looping your material. if not, go for punitive

sweeping the playroom,


Date: Tue, 20 Jan 1998 11:42:43 -0800
From: L White <>
Subject: another lonely negro in fresno

i love steely dan:
"hey nineteen" has the funkiest groove this side of george clinton.
"peg" conjures up images better than anything by the wu-tang clan.
the rock n roll hall of fame should be something great- but it is
seriously full of shit, much like our country.
neil young was right.

one more thing, am I your only negro fan? I hope not.
sincerely, les white (yes, my real name)

Date: Tue, 20 Jan 1998 16:21:44 -0500
From: majestic motors <>
Subject: question

Question; I am new to the internet world and am finding that it can
answer many of life's riddles that I never got around to solving . What
is a "rubber knobbier and some remedies", reference to Black Cow. I'm
30 years old and have found a way to find new meaning in your music as
my life has groan and changed. It's as if the music has changed along
with my life . Same song, same words, new meaning.

Chris Harty

Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 14:12:51 -0500
From: "Bhattacharya, Rajendra P" <>
Subject: Your Greatest Living Fan

Mr. Donald Fagen
Steely Dan

Dear Donald:

At last I have found an e-mail address for Steely Dan and I hope this
message will reach you. I just want to tell you that for me you are GOD.
I have each and every Steely Dan and Donald Fagen album and rarely
listen to anything else. I work at the American Embassy in New Delhi,
India, but also pursue music on the side. I am a member of a popular
rock band called "Nirvana" and we play many of your songs like Rikki,
Babylon Sisters, Do It Again, Bodhisattva and Kid Charlmagne. We also
have a small, but growing, music appreciation club where we discuss and
study your songs. The American community loves it when we play Steely
Dan songs at American Embassy gigs. They tell us that we do Dan really

I was in the U.S. last year and tried very hard to find out how and where
one can find you. I failed. Earlier, I missed your September 5, 1996
concert in Amsterdam which made me miserable. Now, a couple of requests:

i. Please let me have the Steely Dan / Donald Fagen fan mail address so
that I can write regularly.

ii. I am crazy about your solo efforts, too, like Nightfly and
Kamakiriad and want to know when you or Dan are coming out with the next

iii. If possible, I would love to have an autographed picture of you,
preferably with Walter Becker, which I can enlarge and paste up on my
bedroom wall. In great anticipation,

Your greatest living fan,

Raja Bhattacharya

Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 12:04:13 +0000
From: "." <>
Subject: Primrose Hill, London, England

Dear Donald & Walter?

A few little enquiries....

i) Was Walter in my little neighbourhood of Primrose Hill about a year
and a half ago, as I'm sure I saw him walking past a Greek restaurant
called Lemonia in Regents Park Road? Answering this question would
settle a rather long-standing argument with a friend.

ii) How insulted were you, Donald, by Howard Jones's abomination of a
cover of "IGY"? I still shudder when I think about it myself.

iii) Will compact disc still be a widely used format come the release
date of the next Steely Dan album or will your new offering only be
available through some digital download procedure? (Ho, ho).

Much love from London.


Date: Sat, 24 Jan 1998 18:03:55 -0700
From: Richard Howard <>
Subject: Natalie Portman

Come on! You know you guys love Natalie Portman as much as I do - even
if she is a bit under 19. Live a little will ya?

Most sincerely,

Richard Howard

From: xxx <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 1998 23:13:12 EST
Subject: words

I think you recorded a song called "Peg" Some of the words are: "Smile for
the camera" If you did record a song like that, where can I find all of the
words. No one believes me. If you didn't record a song with those words in
it, then never mind. And please don't hang my email address out for all to
see. It gets drafty out there.


Date: Sun, 25 Jan 1998 00:51:38 -0500
From: turnip <>
Subject: The Obvious

I love you.
I love you.
I love you.

Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 12:43:45 -0500
From: Scott Bennett <>
Subject: The New One

I've been checking the DANCAM for months now. I'm not falling for it,
those guys are fooling around!

Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 12:45:04 -0600
From: Michael Crane <>
Subject: Original Member

Can someone tell me where Denny Diaz is based? Is he still playing?

M. Crane

Date: Sun, 1 Feb 1998 14:55:14 EST
Subject: My father is David Palmer

Hey my name is Aaron Palmer my father is david palmer. Cant buy a thrill is my
favorite album for obvious resons I herd you guys where relising another
album.If you dont belive me i can tell you pretty much anything you need to
know about him.Any way i just wanted to say whats up.

Date: Tue, 03 Feb 1998 12:59:19 +0100
From: Martijn Drost <>
Subject: new album?

Dear Gods,

As I'm reading your concerns about keeping a high profile while working
on the new album, so as to have all the interest when the thing is
actually released, I have a very subtle, yet deceptively easy solution
for you:


yours sincerely,

Ralph Jas, Holland

From: "Lane Aspinwall" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 1998 17:30:05 -0500

Dear Don and Walt,

Having spent all thirteen of my years on earth listining to your music I
thought its about time to say that you are awesome! You are truely an
inspiration to me. I wish you could make all of the crap on the radio that
prohibits me from hearing your music disapear.

Thomas Aspinwall

From: "xxx"
Subject: seeking a song
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 1998 00:06:17 -0500

Hi there
I was hoping that I could go to your site and find a song that I'm pretty
sure is by Steely Dan. The problem is that I don't know the title of the
song or the chorus. I know, difficult :-)

So, ... is SD responsible for a great song that has something to do "I'm so
into you"? I' like to use it at my wedding. I hope I've found the right
I'm pretty sure it's a '70's song. Thank you very much !!

I don't mind if you post this message, but could you please NOT include my
e-mail address. Thanks again.

Date: Thu, 05 Feb 1998 12:09:53 -0700
From: "JASON CURRY" <>
Subject: Y'all is ill....

What's up jolly rogers! I am a 21 year old university of south carolina student
that loves y'all's music to death!! My friends can't get with Steely dan songs cause
they dont like sophisticated songwriting. As an African American male with mostly
African American friends, they get mad when I play The Fez , Babylon Sisters, or
Green Earrings in the car, but When this rap group named Peter Gunz and Lord Tariq
comes on the radio ( they sampled the hell out of Black Cow), they start jumping
around and shit. Whatever........ Anyway, what's up with that new album?

From: "dan walsh" <>
Subject: Re:What's New?
Date: Thu, 05 Feb 1998 20:56:28 PST

Mr Becker and Fagen,

Hi from San Diego, what's new? I have a few redundant questions that
I wanted to know about. I first saw the Rock and Soul revue in
Southampton, and then saw the SD tour in Providence, and enjoyed it
immensely. The old songs sounded brand new, and the "Gen Xers" love you
Is there any way for you to control the output of your early
material? I heard that "Jay Black" owned it, which honestly sucks,
because he isn't even the real Jay, as I found out. But would you ever
put out some sort of rarities thing, with live tracks and the first
single? I found it on an old import, and "Sail the Waterway" wasn't too
bad. And anything on a video of some sort, for the people that weren't
able to see you live?
Other than that, good luck on your future endeavors, and am
looking forward to see what's next!


Date: Sat, 07 Feb 1998 02:11:21 -0500
From: mike anderson <>
Subject: A possible job offer!

Howdy from Texus!

Listen, I have a simple proposition in mind. I am a cook working
on his second undergraduate degree (plus possibly a higher degree if
it will get me out of this sweatbox so I can oversee the sweat of
others). I work in a vegetarian restaurant. O.K. so I eat meat, so
what. They put up with me. I also am not vegan, although I am
constantly coming up with brilliant recipes that would sate those from
Vega. Gee, I digress.
Anyway, my idea is simple. College just isn't giving me the
escape I need. Instead of spending my earnings on books, pens, etc.
that would support the "collegiate" approach to success, I have put a
significant portion of my earnings into the lottery. I know it is a
silly pipe dream (unlike finding a job with a degree these days).
Still I am determined. When I win I want to move on with a bang. I
have come to care a lot for those poor suckers I work with who slave
away at the restaurant, vainly hoping to finish their degrees and get
those high-powered jobs we all were promised.
Simply, when I win the Lotto I want to say adios in style. I
thought I would hire you to play my last shift. Of course I know you
guys could ask high dollar for a show these days. Basically, what I
am getting at, is... What is your price? If all works out I could pay
a large sum. I figure you could set up in a corner of the kitchen and
serenade me (and my fellow workers of course) my last shift. Now I
have to admit that the building is old. It was the first 7-11 in
Austin. They have had the devil's time trying to run the plumbing
through what used to be a hand sink. And electricity, well, I would
probably have to rent a few generators just to run one amp. Still, I
have my dream. So if you are interested drop me a line. I bet you
might need some place to practice if Hawaii gets boring. Even if this
lottery plan fails, gosh, I would sure like to have some good tunes in
the kitchen, even for a few minutes. you see, the radio is on the
Let me know what you think.

Mike Anderson

Date: Fri, 06 Feb 1998 17:02:07 -0500
From: Rush <>
Subject: Groupies

Dear Donald & Walter:

How many chicks do you think you guys went to
bed with on the road? Is there any one encounter
that stands out from the rest?


Date: Fri, 6 Feb 1998 20:51:44 EST
Subject: withdrawls

Where is my Steely Dan ?

Where is My Donald ?

Joanie xxxxx

Date: Sat, 7 Feb 1998 12:06:05 EST
Subject: touring in 98

Howdy Boys,

I just want to know when you're coming back to perform in texas or oklahoma.
I have been a fan since early childhood. Back then I knew I liked the music, I
just didn't know who was doing it. Now I Know! I'd pay hundreds of dollars to
see The Dan again. Saw you in 94 at the Starplex in Dallas. I don't need new
tunes and, I have no special requests. All your music fits my style.Just come
to either of the afore mentioned states and I will be there! You two (Donald &
Walter) are superior entertainers,musicians! Thanks for the music. Take a
break at your concerts so I Can take a leak.

Date: Sun, 8 Feb 1998 20:45:46 EST
Subject: No Subject

I'm taking lessons from Krantz and while I like his playing (and teaching) a
lot I wasn't THAT impressed with his trio. It's good and everything but the
songs tend to all end up in the same place.
Anyway, I was wondering where you guess stumbled upon him. Was it at one of
his gigs? Do you really actually like it when he does all that tapping? I'm
still undecided but leaning towards the shady.
Anywho- looking forward to the new album. Wet Side Story is really cool.
Have a fun time. (p.s. what's an art crime?)

Date: Mon, 9 Feb 1998 04:27:58 EST
Subject: Picking up the ball for St. Walter

Hell--When I first read the ol' SD mailbag, I thought it was great. Now I'm
not as sure. From you I expected better addition--I now tend
to believe that you psychologically forgot about these entries...

$$ Superhighway Answer Key $$

1) "What a beautiful world this would be" is a line from the song IGY. Itappears on
The Nightfly album. Question from 2/2/98.

2) "Heard the call and they wrote it on the wall, for you and me--we understood."
From Caves of Altamira. Also from 2/2.

3) "Who wrote that tired seasong, set on this peaceful shore?"
who wrote a novel called The Odyssey. Well worth reading. In the song,SD is
comparing the pressures of the road to the tribulations of Odysseus, who was
tied to the mast of his ship in order to avoid the temptations of the Sirens. The
Sirens were mythical creatures, with the body of birds and the heads of
women. They would sing a beautiful melody from shore, thereby luring
mariners to their deaths. Odysseus was returning to his home in Ithaca,
which turned out to be a ten year journey, after fighting in the Trojan War.

4) "And I'm never going back to my old school" --Bard College, Annondale- on
Hudson, NY. As is well-known from your great shows, this line is
interpreted as a metaphor.

5) Kid Charlegmane's secret identity: one vote for K. Kesey
Anyone interested in finding out what the 60' s were really about (forget The
Wonder Years, etc.), read Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

6) "Wie lieblich ist deiner Wohnigen, Herr Sabaaoth"...
From the fourth movement of A German Requiem, by Johannes Brahms.
This has absolutely nothing to do with SD. Frieden.

Subject: why?
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 1998 13:37:32 -0600

I've read a "biography" of the dan
and I didn't found out why my citie is mentioned in
My Old School.



Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 13:07:53 -0500
From: Rush <>
Subject: Those Unreleased Songs

Dear Donald & Walter:

There have been many wonderful songs that you have
recorded but never released. Songs like "Kulee-Baba,
Mister Sam and the Second Arrangement". Do you think
in your search to complete your upcoming album that you
will dig out one of these chestnuts?


From: =?iso-8859-1?Q?
Subject: WHY...
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 11:04:25 +0000




From: "Gateway 2000 Licensed User." <>
Subject: the night of my life
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 23:46:19 -0000

Dear donald&Walter
Thank you for playing Dublin
Ilove you both,

Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 21:50:35 EST
Subject: why i now hate rap even more

ahoy jazzy dudes,

quick come like today when i was watching mtv, there was
this rap song that totally ripped off the begining of "black cow?" deja vu
was it's name.

a steely fan,
chris p. hennigan

Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 04:02:51 +0100
From: Bart Dumolyn <>
Organization: University of Ghent, Belgium
Subject: Any world that I'm welcome to

Hello mr. Becker and mr. Fagan

I have come upon a "compilation CD" of yours wich contains amongst
others a version of Any World That I'm Welcome To, with just piano, and
a lovely piano only version too of "You Go Where I Go". Do you know
about these tracks and could you tell me something about that situation.

A fan, guitar player and admirer of the Walter Becker guitar style

Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 09:57:26 -0800
From: "Stephen O'Rourke" <>
Subject: Berkeley Coffee Shop Review

Hey Guys:

Enjoyed your restaurant reviews. If you come to the Bay Area and need
a good cappucino I've compiled this list of the Best Berkeley Coffee

1. Royal Ground on College Ave....strong, very strong...and they'll even
create any blend that you request......try the Gaucho gutrencher (two
shots of esspresso and a pinch of Nescafe)

2. Peets....dark, somber, turns you into a unibomber lookalike.... cappucino in downtown Berkeley.....don't be fooled by
those politically correct shops on Telegraph....

4.Red Cafe....great pastries....pretty girl behind counter........... Walter don't go to that place over on College Ave that I saw
you at last year.....they were part of that coffee bean
conspiracy.....pretending it was high grade Ethiopean when it was
actually brewed by some guy named Joe in Hoboken!

And if you guys need some good coffee I can fed ex some from my job here
at Yoga Journal magazine (along with a Yoga t-shirt)...'cause I far as
I can remember you can't get a good cup of coffee in NY...(except for
Picasso's in the Village (man that cheesecake is good))..........good
luck on the new album (any Ellington covers???)

Steve O'Rourke Berkeley,CA

Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 17:12:59 -0500
From: Rush <>
Subject: Steely Dan memoribilia

Dear Donald and Walter,

Lately there has been a great interest in celebrity auctions
(Jackie Onassis, Mickey Mantle etc). Have you ever thought of
selling some of your own possesions of the past on-line at this
site? I know many Steely Dan fans who would pay great sums of
money for items such as autographed albums, clothing, correspondence,
and other items that are probably gathering dust in your respective
closets. There are currently no places that sell Steely Dan souveniers
or personal items. I think it would be a great idea and you could
make some money and we could get some great items. Listen, if Elton
John can unload 2000 or so shirts, you guys must have a few dozen old
t-shirts and jackets to unload!


From: "Malokai" <>
Subject: plagerism?
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 1998 09:37:21 -0500

Let me start by saying that Steely Dan is definately the best band. That is why I was so upset to hear two videos on mtv which seem to of plagerised your songs. The first video used the little (I think the word is arpegio) string of sounds from THE FEZ. It is a song by a trio of black ladies. The name of the group is All Saints. The name of their song is I Know Where It's At.

The next song (I'm sorry I couldent record more of the song informaiton) is by Lord Tarus (Taris?), Uptown Baby (?). Either way I heart it on mtv, the ladder song I think plagerizes some sonds from Black Cow, or Deacon Blues, I can't remember. I love you guys, I just felt that you should know.

aka Justin Taylor Diamond

Date: Sat, 14 Feb 1998 08:51:01 -0600
From: kelley moore <>
Subject: missing you!

Mr. Becker & Mr. Fagin:

being a Dan fan from the first time I heard one of your tunes, i
practically had my bags packed for the hall of fame and was begining to
dail the amex platnium card special reservation service. so sorry. but
you have always been in my hall of fame.

living in oklahoma, i have always had to travel out of state to catch
the six shows i have attended. Being front and center on that magical
night at the woodlands in houston was truely a dream come true.
I thought i had gone to heaven! i turned to the couple behind me who was
from Dallas and said " how does it feel to have the second best seats in
the house?" we have remained freinds and caught the next five shows
so enough about me! When will i see you again? each year when in
hawaii i hope to have a "becker sighting." i enjoy your web sight.
Walter your writtings have truely brought enjoyment and entertainment.
Please bring the show to oklahoma next time! your fans here need

You know me as your,
CU in LV fan

Date: Mon, 01 Jan 1990 03:37:26 +0200
From: (kotler)
Subject: New album


I want to know if Donald % Walte are going to make a new album !

Please can i have an answer ?

Thanks Yaron

Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 13:19:18 -0600
From: Chuck <>
Subject: Art for new album

Don & Walt,

I want to do some art for your upcoming album . It would be the
commission of a life time. Are you accepting spec designs, or does some
schlep in the record company deal with all that? I have been preparing
for this moment for a while now. I would like to submit something for
your perusal. The pay is not that important, either, as seemed to have
been the case on all your other album covers. At the very least, could I
re-design the cover to "Can't Buy a Thrill"? that thing is freaky!!

Chuck Matzker
Exceptional illustrator, desinger & artist.

Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 15:43:35 +0900
From: Nathaniel Ruhlman <>
Subject: another babbling fan

I guess I'll start out by saying that I have no idea if you guys
actually read this stuff, but if you do, thanks for all the magic. I've
been mainlining your music for about fifteen years now and there have
been few moments in that span when I haven't had at least one song in my
head at some point during the day. It astonishes me how your music
continues to touch me, year after year. I have a rack full of cd's that
I no longer listen to, music that has grown stale or has lost it's hold
over me, but you guys still manages to tickle my spinal column every
time I hear your stuff. I hate to sound like yet another babbling fan,
I have no idea what you guys think about those you entertain, but your
music has truly been the soundtrack of my life, and I'd just like to
thank you for it. It's funny reading over this, it doesn't seem like
the kind of thing that you'd want to hear, far too heartfelt and not
enough irony, but what the hell. On a final, less sappy note, I have a
double cd called "Catalyst". I don't know if you cringe at the mention
of it or not, but I, as well as a number of other foaming at the mouth
Dan fanatics, have really grooved on a number of the tracks. In our
humble and irrelevant opinion you guys should really think about
re-recording a few of them. Well, the sap is beginning to run over the
bucket so I'll end my little teary eyed tribute by quoting a fax sent to
"Tool" by a fifteen year old fan via my friend who is the president of
their record label, "YOU GUYS FUCKING ROCK!!"

From: Pat Beemer <>
Subject: Mistaken Identities
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 17:03:22 -0800

Hey "Guys!"

You want to tell this person I ain't you? Why is it these types of messages always arrive from AOL members? Am I not clear enough? Maybe I should try to sing or play the guitar for them. That'd give it away....


-----Original Message-----
From: Form Processing Script []
Sent: Monday, February 16, 1998 10:10 PM
Email Address = Cotypup

Message = Hey Guys, First & foremost love you're music. As i write this i'm listening to Aja go Steve Gadd!!!!!. Been an avid & rabid fan for years.Glad you've decided to tour. Haven't caught you yet,but will.No summer98 tour sched. yet ? All i get is a ro ller coaster?Waiting for the thrill of the ride perhaps??Will it be an EVIL tour(AustinPowers)Look foward to new music as always Good health & thanks for all the great music
Love Ya Stu!!!
submit = Submit

Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 13:28:54 +0000
From: ddmoses <>
Subject: Special Talents


Do I win anything for being able to whistle Larry Carlton's solo from
"I Got the News" note for note?

Just wondering.
Dave Moses
Los Angeles, Californicate mean WALTER BECKER's solo from "I Got the News"? No prize for you, buddy - but good taste is its own reward.

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