Monday Open Thread | Steely Dan Week

Happy Monday, Everyone. This week’s featured Artists, Steely Dan.


WIKI:  Steely Dan is an American jazz rock band whose music also blends elements of funk, R&B, and pop.Founded by core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen in 1972, the band enjoyed great critical and commercial success in the late 1970s and early 1980s before breaking up in 1981. Rolling Stone has called them “the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies”. Steely Dan reunited in 1993 and has toured steadily ever since.

Recorded with a revolving cast of session musicians, Steely Dan’s music is characterized by complex jazz-influenced structures and harmonies. Becker and Fagen are whimsical, often sarcastic lyricists, having written “cerebral, wry and eccentric” songs about drugs, love affairs, gambling, and crime.The pair is also known for their near-obsessive perfectionism in the recording studio: Over the year they took to record Gaucho (1980), an album of just seven songs, Becker and Fagen hired at least 42 studio musicians and 11 engineers.

Steely Dan toured from 1972 to 1974 before retiring from live performances, becoming a studio-only band. After the group disbanded in 1981, Becker and Fagen were less active throughout most of the next decade, though a cult following remained devoted to the group. Since reuniting in 1993 Steely Dan has released two albums of new material, the first of which, Two Against Nature, earned a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. They have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2001.

In a VH1 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, Steely Dan were listed at #82.

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60 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Steely Dan Week

  1. Liza says:

    Bernie Sanders and Danny Glover at the Warriors / OKC game.

    Legit @BernieSanders is at the @warriors game #StrengthInNumbers #FeelTheBern— People For Bernie (@People4Bernie) May 31, 2016


  2. rikyrah says:

    PragmaticObotsUnite ‎@PragObots
    Kunta watching his parents disappear once he said “Toby”….WOW. Powerful symbolism. #Roots #KuntasKin

  3. rikyrah says:

    Joy Reid ✔ ‎@JoyAnnReid
    Imagine the walls of compartmentalization a Christian people had to erect in order to buy, sell and brutalize fellow humans. #Roots

    • rikyrah says:

      Nerdy Wonka ‎@NerdyWonka
      #Roots shows how complicit white women were in slavery. They might not have wielded the whip, but their hands were also dirty. #Kuntaskin

      • rikyrah says:

        It’s Brittianica ‎@VerratDin
        White women are made to seem innocent in American history and in their role in white supremacy. Naw they were just as bad #kuntaskin #roots

      • Liza says:

        White women were complicit in slavery, lynchings, and segregation. Even when I was growing up in the 50s and 60s I saw that complicity among all the adults. No one spoke up.

    • rikyrah says:

      Joy Reid ✔ ‎@JoyAnnReid
      And the U.S. became so economically dependent on the free labor of slavery, which literally allowed America to become an empire…

      • rikyrah says:

        Tennille N. Allen ‎@halfmeasurefull
        My 12 year old just said this scene is the first instance of police brutality. The boy is astute. #Roots

    • Liza says:

      They were Christian in name only. They did not practice Christianity, not by a long shot. They broke every commandment on a daily basis.

  4. rikyrah says:

    I have to admit – I don’t understand the Tiny House thing.

    I don’t understand it for one person. I definitely can’t comprehend it for more than one person, or a couple with a child or with a pet. I didn’t think I was claustrophobic, but maybe I am. Because, I can’t understand how this could possibly work – ever.

    • Liza says:

      It is the housing equivalent of telling poor people that money can’t buy happiness, the good things in life are free, blah blah blah. They are hawking the idea that you can live in a cell and find true happiness doing other things. Anyone who falls for this is a damn fool. People need space. People who can afford a comfortable home usually buy one. A smaller, easy to maintain home is one thing. Not everyone needs or wants a McMansion. But incarcerating yourself in a tiny cell is something else entirely.

  5. I have 16 people at my house and 3 more coming…. My daughter made Beef Nachos too.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Meet the First Black Valedictorian at the World’s First School of Dentistry
    By Philip Lewis
    May 27, 2016

    Established in 1840 as the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, the University of Maryland School of Dentistry is known as the first dental college in the world. This past week, the school again made history when it graduated the first black valedictorian in its 176-year existence.

    As graduation approached, Tera Poole knew she was among the top five students in her class, but she didn’t know where exactly she ranked. When she opened up the graduation program, Poole saw her name at the top as the class valedictorian. She didn’t have much time to celebrate, however: The young dental student from Ohio gave the commencement speech shortly thereafter.

    “Everything, even being valedictorian was a surprise to me,” Poole said in an interview.


    Andrea Morgan, a recruitment coordinator at the University of Maryland’s School of Dentistry, was pleased to deliver the good news to Poole, but recalled the sobering history of the dental school.

    “The sad part is that the first African-American person didn’t graduate from our dental school until 1972,” Morgan said in a phone interview. “It took from 1840 to 1968 for a black person to come and graduate. That’s my lifetime.”

  7. rikyrah says:

    If you’ve never seen it, you should watch the PBS Series: The Bletchley Circle. It was terrific. Last I saw it, you could get it on Netflix.

  8. thank you so much. I really appreciate the birthday wishes. It really means a lot to me. love HALEY!

  9. We’re celebrating a birthday today. We’re having a party. Char broil burgers, chicken, sausage, steaks, potato salad, baked beans, corn on the cob, green beans. We’ll do S’mores later…if it stops RAINING.

  10. It’s Haley’s birthday today. She was actually born on Memorial Day.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Surprise, Surprise. Trump’s Been Lying About His Opposition To Cutting Social Security
    By Heather

    It should come as a shock to no one that Trump’s been saying one thing to his supporters on the campaign trail, while telling the Zombie-Eyed Granny-Starver from Wisconsin something else in private.

    It seems someone who doesn’t care for Trump was leaking like a sieve following his meeting earlier this month with House Speaker Paul Ryan: Trump Supports Cutting Social Security From A ‘Moral Standpoint:’ Report:

    Donald Trump supposedly told House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) he supports cutting Social Security but will not admit it publicly because it would hurt his election chances, according to a report in Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

    The presumptive Republican presidential nominee reportedly made the comments during a May 12 meeting with Ryan aimed at mending ties between the two top Republican leaders, Bloomberg reported, citing an unnamed source who was in the room. (Ryan has yet to endorse Trump.)

    “From a moral standpoint, I believe in it,” Trump said of cutting Social Security. “But you also have to get elected. And there’s no way a Republican is going to beat a Democrat when the Republican is saying, ‘We’re going to cut your Social Security’ and the Democrat is saying, ‘We’re going to keep it and give you more.’ ”

    Trump’s professed opposition to cutting Social Security and Medicare has been both a hallmark of his campaign and one of his greatest departures from traditional conservative ideology. And Ryan, who repeatedly criticized Trump before the mogul effectively secured the GOP nomination, has made proposing dramatic reductions in the popular social insurance programs a defining feature of his congressional career.

    Many conservative House Republicans told The Huffington Post shortly after the May 12 meeting that that they were unconcerned about Trump’s public posture on the programs. Several members interpreted him as wanting to extend the solvency of Social Security and Medicare solvency through some combination of the benefit cuts and other reforms that conservatives favor.

    Trump policy advisor Sam Clovis had already appeared to reverse course on May 11, indicating that Trump would be willing to consider cuts as president.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Good MOrning, Everyone :)

  13. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. :)))

  14. Darren Mitchell died after his truck submerged in flood waters in Washington County Tx. Pls donate what you can. If you can’t donate, pass the link along so others may have a chance to donate. Thank you so much.

    Darren Mitchell

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