#381: Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan


Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan (1974)

Favorite Track(s): "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" and "Barrytown" and "Charlie Freak"

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) I kept thinking that I'd already done a Steely Dan album on this list, but then realized I'd just written about them on another album, Dr. John's Gumbo. I believe my exact words were: "...I don't know why, but for some reason I have a really strong aversion to Dr. John. He just seems cranky and not as good as he thinks he is. Kind of like Steely Dan. There, I said it." Honestly, they just seem like complete bastards. And when I say 'they', I'm not even going to take the time to find out who 'they' are. I feel like there's two of them? Is one Steely and the other Dan?

When I think of Steely Dan, I think of 3 things. 1) The only positive: at one point Chevy Chase was a drummer in the band. 2) They were going to be admitted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, and couldn't be bothered to show up because they thought it didn't mean anything (this is all I remember from the controversy, so don't quote me--maybe they had a much more eloquent and noble reason for being total asshats). I mean, if Bob Dylan was like, "I am too good for this shit" I would be like, that's cool, it's Dylan. But Steely Dan, who do you think you are? And the fact that this story is the main thing I know about you? Not a good legacy, guys. 3) OVERRATED.

(Post-Listening) Ok. So the music on this album is better than a lot of the crap-ola that also made it to the list. Despite my prejudices, even I can't deny this smooth yacht rock of the mid-1970s has some appeal. It's too close to my musical safe place. HOWEVER. None of the music stood out to me as exceptionally interesting or memorable. So I will not be ordering the album from the library nor recommending it to you. I will be recommending you watch their episode of Yacht Rock:

Finally, I've decided to add a new feature to my reviews. It's called Is This Better Than A Hard Day's Night? I will answer with a yes, no, or more complicated explanation. It's just important for my sanity right now.

Is This Better Than A Hard Day's Night?: No.


Kj said...

Just watched the following episode as well. "Cut Footloose" will never mean the same! I am dying!!!!!!

Maryann said...