The title track makes me laugh with joy too. The rambling shifting melody line, the tempo changes, surprise twists and turns, the amusing lyrics - so good. At the moment it's my favorite track of the two Steely Dan albums that I like so far.On my second listen. The title track is laugh out loud bad both musically and lyrically, although I do like how, as prefuse pointed out, it's a bit like a sitcom theme. That jazzy little resolve is hilarious.
“One of us said something like ‘It’s too bad that we can’t get a machine to play the beat we want, with full-frequency drum sounds, and to be able to move the snare drum and kick drum around independently,'” recalled Fagen. “Roger replied ‘I can do that.’ This was back in 1978 or something, so we said ‘You can do that?’ To which he said ‘Yes, all I need is $150,000.’ So we gave him the money out of our recording budget, and six weeks later he came in with this machine.”
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