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Steely Dan Sunday, “Green Book” (2003)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Green Book” (2003)

<<< BACKWARD (“Slang of Ages”) ||| ONWARD (“Pixeleen”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** The song “Green Book” finds Steely Dan firing on all cylinders while mining new and familiar elements. Lyrically the song addresses a future, virtual world that is somewhat similarities to the environment created on Fagan’s 1993 Kamakiriad album

‘It was pretty wild; he was a maniac': Steve Perry wasn’t the only reason Journey took off with Infinity

‘It was pretty wild; he was a maniac': Steve Perry wasn’t the only reason Journey took off with Infinity

Steve Perry’s arrival with Journey in 1978 has long been credited with sending the group toward platinum-selling superstardom. Turns out Queen had something to do with it, as well.

‘It’s just noticing what’s happening': Lee Loughnane on Chicago’s politically charged new song

‘It’s just noticing what’s happening': Lee Loughnane on Chicago’s politically charged new song

Chicago was, in its earliest incarnation, known for songs of striking political commentary — before a turn toward romantic balladry into the late 1970s. Some long-waited new music changes that.

On Second Thought: Don Henley – Actual Miles: Henley’s Greatest Hits (1995)

On Second Thought: Don Henley – Actual Miles: Henley’s Greatest Hits (1995)

Having acquired million-watt success as the singing drummer and one of the principal songwriters of the Eagles, Don Henley opted to take the solo route after the Los Angeles based band called it a day.

‘He’d never seemed that interested': Paul McCartney still marvels at George Harrison’s songwriting growth

‘He’d never seemed that interested': Paul McCartney still marvels at George Harrison’s songwriting growth

For Paul McCartney, the decision to fill most of the Beatles’ albums with songs composed alongside John Lennon — rather than those of George Harrison and Ringo Starr — came down to productivity.

Deep Beatles: “Polythene Pam” from Abbey Road (1969)

Deep Beatles: “Polythene Pam” from Abbey Road (1969)

One of John Lennon’s more underrated compositions, “Polythene Pam” fits perfectly with the preceding Abbey Road fragment “Mean Mr. Mustard.”

Forgotten series: King Harvest – Dancing In The Moonlight (1973)

Due to a big soulful chorus, a funky pop touch and good time vibe, “Dancing In The Moonlight” could understandably be mistaken as a Three Dog Night song.

Ian Gillan wasn’t sorry to see Ritchie Blackmore go: ‘It would have been the end of Deep Purple’

Ian Gillan wasn’t sorry to see Ritchie Blackmore go: ‘It would have been the end of Deep Purple’

With time comes nostalgia, for the way we want to remember things — rather, sometimes, than the way they actually were. Such is the case, Ian Gillan argues, with Deep Purple fans and Ritchie Blackmore.

‘One of the best shows Yes ever did': The threat of gun fire in Argentina didn’t slow Jon Anderson

‘One of the best shows Yes ever did': The threat of gun fire in Argentina didn’t slow Jon Anderson

Yes arrived in Argentina with “Owner of a Lonely Heart” in their back pocket as a charttopping smash. Turns out, however, that the date was still a bit too close to the end of the Falklands War.

‘You don’t have to speak English': David Lee Roth’s zen-like approach to Van Halen lyrics

‘You don’t have to speak English': David Lee Roth’s zen-like approach to Van Halen lyrics

David Lee Roth approach to lyric writing for Van Halen is that they matter — but they don’t matter. In fact, he’s not even sure you have to know English for them to make sense.