87. Do it again (Steely Dan)

Steely Dan (image credit) has once been described as a musical act that clearly cannot be defined by conventional words. Actually, one could argue that Steely Dan is not a band at all - its heart is formed by two pretty unassuming guys named Walter Becker and Donald Fagan, educated musicians who had jazz and classical training and transformed that into their unique brand of track. Although a long-time critics' favourite, in general the music of Steely Dan does not do a lot to me. With one big exception: Do it again. This track from the 1972 debut album Can't buy me a thrill show Steely Dan at their strongest. Their high quality jazz influenced rock is combined on this US hit single with a strong text about a gambler who simply cannot give up. Donald Fagen has never sounded better than on this recording.

Other songs by this act that would have qualified: not applicable.


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