The Geography In The Steely Dan Discography

For a band that eschewed touring throughout its business peak within the seventies, Steely Dan certain did do quite a lot of touring of their songs. Not solely do Donald Fagen and Walter Becker point out many cities of their residence nation of the US, however additionally they refer to numerous locations world wide.

Naturally, the group makes point out of New York and California, two of the preferred states in relation to music titles. “Daddy Do not Dwell In New York” is a observe from the Katy Lied album, and California is referenced within the basic “My Previous College” from Countdown To Ecstasy.

A extra particular reference can be made in that music, because the band identifies Annandale, a city within the Golden State. Then within the final verse, they cross the Southern border with a point out of the Mexican metropolis of Guadalajara.

Different locations in that a part of the world will also be present in Steely Dan songs, together with “Haitian Divorce” from The Royal Rip-off. Each Bogota and Barbados are talked about in “Glamor Career” from the Gaucho album, whereas Colombia is talked about in “Pixeleen” from the final album The whole lot Should Go.

Throughout the Atlantic different lands are included within the Steely Dan discography, principally in Europe. The Netherlands and its most well-known metropolis Amsterdam seem in Gaucho’s “Slang of Ages” and Spain is referenced in “Night time By Night time.” A city in that very same nation, well-known for its prehistoric artwork, is the topic of “The Caves of Altamira” from The Royal Rip-off.

Geographical references transcend the Western Hemisphere, the place Fagen and Becker wrote songs about locations in Asia. Each China and Japan make up the refrain of “Bodhisattva” from Countdown To Ecstasy, and Peking is recognized in “Dr. Wu” from Katy Lied.

A lot of the websites occurring within the lyrics might be discovered proper right here in the US, even apart from the aforementioned New York and California. The latter’s northern neighbor Oregon is the house of the determined fugitive in “Do not Take Me Alive” from The Royal Rip-off, and Alabama is recognized because the Crimson Tide within the refrain of Aja’s “Deacon Blues.”

Midwest metropolises are additionally included, equivalent to Kansas Metropolis in Pretzel Logic and Chicago in “Your Gold Tooth.” Medication Park, Oklahoma seems in “Blues Seashore” and New Orleans is the topic of “Pearl of the Quarter.”

Most of geography regards California or New York, the acknowledged the place Steely Dan was first fashioned and later developed its profitable recording profession. “Brooklyn” is the title of a music from Cannot Purchase a Thrill, and “Parker’s Band” mentions 52nd Avenue. Pretzel Logic accommodates a music specializing in “Barrytown.”

California areas present in Steely Dan lyrics embrace Hollywood from “Reelin’ within the Years” whereas “Babylon Sisters” names each Santa Ana and San Francisco. The West Coast is considered one of “Issues I Miss the Most”, based on Fagen within the opening music from Two In opposition to Nature.

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