The Nightfly

Album: The Nightfly (1982)

Songfacts®:

  • The most Steely Dan-sounding song on Nightfly, the title track is a jazz-influenced slice of pop/rock that finds Donald Fagen recalling his adolescent dream of being a late-night radio DJ.

    I'm Lester the Nightfly
    Hello Baton Rouge
    Won't you turn your radio down
    Respect the seven second delay we use
  • The Nightfly was the first solo album by the Steely Dan co-founder. Unlike most of Donald Fagen's previous work, the songs are all autobiographical. "I was compelled to make this," he told Uncut in 2016. "I'd reached a certain age where I could feel some kind of internal dissonance compelling me to examine where I came from, who I was, that kind of thing."

    "t was essentially an identity crisis – a little late-coming identity crisis," Fagen continued. "But it was that all the same. Musicians being a kind of perpetual adolescent, I was able to postpone my appointment with the reality principle. It just happened."

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