Steely Dan

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Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys’ listening diary: ‘I’ve played Steely Dan once a day since I was 12’
The Canadian electronic musician shares his week’s listening, which includes a Jewish cantor, a China Crisis demo and recent tracks by Actress, Lady Lykez and Oren Ambarchi

As told to Elle Hunt

31, Oct, 2022 @10:15 AM

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Steely Dan’s 20 greatest songs – ranked!
With November marking 50 years since their debut album, we pick the best of the band’s idiosyncratic output, with tales of capitalism, drug dealers and mid-life crises

Alexis Petridis

20, Oct, 2022 @1:30 PM

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Mo Ostin, US record exec who signed Jimi Hendrix and the Kinks, dies aged 95
Headhunted by Frank Sinatra, the head of Warner/Reprise oversaw classic releases by the likes of Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac and Prince

Laura Snapes

02, Aug, 2022 @9:12 AM

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‘I was on the high of highs, and suddenly it was over’: Linda Hoover on her great lost LP with Steely Dan
At the age of 71, singer-songwriter Hoover is finally releasing her debut album – 50 years after she made it. She explains how Becker and Fagen lent a hand to a must-have record for Dan fans

Peter Jones

07, Jul, 2022 @4:00 PM

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‘Nine Inch Nails is inappropriate for a Christmas party’: St Vincent’s honest playlist
The art-pop star was raised on Pearl Jam, wants Jacques Brel played at her funeral and thinks Iggy is sexy. But which song would she interrupt a haircut for?

As told to Elle Hunt

06, Jun, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Japanese gems, maligned boybands and ‘the Dan’: the best old music Guardian writers discovered this year
In a good year for rummaging through back catalogues, our writers have been delighted by everything from a A1’s embrace of soft rock to the Marvelettes’ ageless glee

Tayyab Amin, Rachel Aroesti, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Michael Cragg, Tara Joshi, Christine Ochefu, Alexis Petridis, Jude Rogers, Dave Simpson, Laura Snapes

23, Dec, 2021 @10:00 AM

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G Gordon Liddy obituary
Instigator of the 1972 Watergate office burglary that led to Richard Nixon’s downfall, he went on to become a rightwing shock jock

Michael Carlson

07, Apr, 2021 @1:33 PM

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It Gets Me Home, This Curving Track review – essays from a star rock writer
Prince, Steely Dan, Frank Sinatra and others are assessed with verve in a superb collection by the renowned critic Ian Penman

Anthony Quinn

14, Aug, 2019 @8:59 AM

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I can go for that: five essential yacht rock classics
Katie Puckrick’s new TV doc reappraises the smooth, sad and seedy side of the maligned genre. Here she reveals the best tracks

Katie Puckrik

11, Jun, 2019 @9:00 AM

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Steely Dan review – yacht rockers breezily reel in the years
While the band do occasionally go on a bit, the cliches about Steely Dan are proven wrong in this tremendously funky greatest-hits set

Malcolm Jack

21, Feb, 2019 @12:41 PM

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Steely Dan review – smooth tunes with sharp little bones
Donald Fagen, now sole founding member after the death of Walter Becker, is the vocal grit in the oyster of Steely Dan’s sophisticated, frictionless grooves

David Bennun

30, Oct, 2017 @12:58 PM

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I can go for that: how soft rock finally got cool
Once, the sound of 70s and 80s yacht rock was a musical punchline. Now Doobie Brother Michael McDonald is in demand from cutting-edge artists such as Thundercat, and hipster cratediggers are championing lost classics

Alexis Petridis

27, Oct, 2017 @5:10 AM

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