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In Reply to: RE: Dead vs Steely Dan posted by jedrider on September 27, 2020 at 08:34:12
Never understood their popularity.
Wasted money on one LP.
Steely Dan albums and Nightfly are sophisticated adult rock.
I had one Dead album ...
DEAD/LIVE  and listened to one side ... Dark Star
it is not country, dippy or otherwise
the rest of their catalogue consists of campfire songs with huge production
popular with the 'sing-along' crowd ... that is their popularity IMO
and all the Dead I've heard was like that.
Sing along crowd?
Their audience was Stoners.
I think the Dead needed simple music to play and remember because of their extreme drug use.
And this is from a pot smoker...
When I read the Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, I was expecting somehow
Electric Stochausen Rock and free improv.
most emphatically, they are the sing along crowd
you're hearing 'cowboy chords' around the campfire tripe with the occasional bluegrass excursion. I've put up with Deadheads forever
almost as bad as Buffet's 'Parrotheads'
they both have a truly dedicated following that are truly 'pushy' about it
just my opinion but it's a strongly held one, not that you asked
Sure the self-righteousness is kind of off-putting, but if we are going to be critics there's a glitzy pretentiousness about Steely Dan that rubs me the wrong way.
probably because they're dildos
I must have missed something.
it's from the Edgar Burroughs novel "Naked Lunch" which made mention of a "steely dan" ... a steam-powered 'adult toy'
that's where the band name came from
Steely Dan is my FAVORITE band of all time, so I'm a little biased. Never really got into The Dead.
I agree...no comparison.
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