Mam’zelle Daphne G. Canard, Proprietress
Being a compendium of personal musings on the splendiferous
In their heyday in the 1970s, a critic described them as “America’s finest maybe-rock non-band.” Frank Zappa dismissed them as “downer surrealism.” Their music keeps on turning up in the strangest damn places — from muzak in supermarkets to samples on hip-hop records. And they’re in the process of staging one of the more improbable — and fascinating — comebacks in the world of rock music.
And yes, I’m crazy about them.
There are, at this date, many fine websites dedicated to Steely Dan — not the least of which is the band’s official web site; you can also find a slew of others via this exhaustive list maintained by dedicated Danfan “StAlphonso.” I have no intention to (let alone hope of) duplicating these massive efforts. Rather, what I wish to present on this page is a more personal series of musings on the Dan — how I experience them, what they and their music mean to me, what they do that makes me laugh (which is a lot), what they do that fills me with awe.
So here’s the bill of fare so far:
The SteelyFan Journals:
These started off life as a series of postings to the wonderful online salon hosted by my ISP, Drizzle.com. I found myself writing to an audience that, while interested in what I had to say, was mostly unfamiliar with the Dan — so it turned into a neat opportunity to explain to myself as well as them what about the Dan’s music turned me on so. It also, because of the timeframe, started turning into a great chronicling of the media buildup for the release of their first new album in twenty years, “Two Against Nature.”
The journal entries so far (and in the best spirit of Dandom, I did kind of “fix up” the original entries here and there, heh heh):
Tour and Danfest Travelogues
- enGORGEment 2000: A (Long Strange) Trip Diary: An account of my journey to hear the Dan perform in beauteous George, WA on June 3rd, 2000.
- Doing the Boston Rag: My experience of the show at Tweeter Center, Mansfield MA, on July 15th, 2000.
- Manhattan Set on Fi-yuh: Report on the NYC Hall-of-Fame-Week Danfest, March 22-25, 2001.
- Illegal Fun Under the (Uncooperative) Sun: Report on the San Diego Danfest 2002 featuring The Steely Damned
- It Was Thirty-Five Years Ago Today: Steely Damned frontman Bob Tedde’s main band Rockola rocks out on “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” with full orchestra and very special guests, June 1 2002
The Albums Song-by-Song:
Reflections on and appreciations of the Dan oeuvre. What I’ve covered so far:
Just Plain Silly Stuff
The Mam’zelle has a habit of waxing droll in various cyber-venues devoted to the Dan. Herewith a sampling:
- My SD Summer Tour Equipment/Provisions List
- A Toast to Two Against Nature
- Escapee from the Android (Drummer) Warehouse
- A Bartendress Out Standing in Her Field
- Post Dan Tour Depression Syndrome Strikes at the SDHOF/TS
Watch this space for more stuff as I think of it.