posted by I am not Kek-w @ 9:36 am
Dude, I'm gonna set up the warehouse for quad so I can listen to Can't Buy A Thrill proper. I'll also be playing the Dallas/Sail The Waterway 45" for the true heads. And let me just say, for a certain kind of nerdy kid who read Seven Types of Ambiguity in study hall instead of doing his geometry homework, there's a lot of close reading one can do with the Dan, if one is so inclined. When I talk about multiple layers of interest, well, shine up the battle apple.
Folk Rock! Folk Rock!!
Uh-ho! Dom's off his meds again."The Steely Dan Dictionary" ...Darren, LOL
What I always dug about these guys was the idea that there was no limit to how nerdily obscessive you could get -- there's no reason not to set the bar just as high as you want, to geek on every little detail, because if this is your life's work why would you not want to investigate it as fully as possible? If that means bringing in an endless series of session musicians to record an endless series of layers of endlessly syncopated and harmonically-referential tones for what was, in the end, a pop song, then so be it! To me this is way more inspirational than the halfassery of punk rock. It needs more layers, damn it! The solution to the vacuity of the spectacle's need for novelty is a crystaline Arabic refinement of detail! Maximum narrative density! The music of the future should be as sticky as possible! (coming out of flu haze, possibly not entirely coherent)
Extremely coherent! :-)And I do believe I agree with pretty much everything you said there. The fascination with hyperdetail might also be a side-effect of the coke; but there's nothing wrong with Being Into Your Thing Creatively. I like obsessive detail, personally; and I think crying "self-indulgence" is a cop-out. I like layered / baroque stuff, as I suspect you do too. Sold to the man in the odd-looking hat! Yes, you, sir.
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