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Home At Last
by Steely Dan
So sad yesterday to hear of the death of Walter Becker, one half of the songwriting team and main men in my favourite band Steely Dan.

I posted this track and story a couple of years ago on TIMJ. so please excuse me for dragging it out again, but I'm sure you'll understand why, under the circumstances ...

On my first exposure to the Dan as a teenage art student, I absolutely hated them. Every Monday morning I was very graciously given a lift to my college by a friend of a friend, who spent all of those dreary, bleary two hour drives down the M3 playing the works of Becker and Fagen and analysing the minute details of their session players musicianship.

At the time I dreaded those Dan-drives and couldn’t begin to grasp what possible appeal they held, being a fan of the typical English rock bands of the time (the mid-80s).

Call it Stockholm-syndrome if you like, but a year or so after the road-to-hell drives finished I actually began to enjoy listening to Donald Fagen’s New Frontier and The Nightfly, and ‘Magic Smile’ by Rosie Vela (a Dan record in all but name). What had happened to me? Grudgingly at first, my opinion of Steely Dan started to turn around until within 10 years, I had come to realise and enjoy the utter brilliance of everything they did - all killer, no filler - and they have been my favourite band ever since. I guess there really IS a thin line between love and hate…

RIP Walter. Long live Steely Dan.

#RIPWalterBecker
1977 - ABC - United States
Posted: 4th September 2017
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