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Sting wrote "Fields of Gold" after buying a house near a barley field and enjoying the majestic sunsets.
Tom Cochrane wrote "Life Is A Highway" to pull himself out of a funk following an exhausting humanitarian trip to Africa.
Katy Perry named her fragrance "Killer Queen" after the 1974 Queen song.
Sheriff had been disbanded for years when "When I'm With You" hit #1 in America thanks to rediscovery by radio stations. The group never re-formed and never made a video for the song.
Nick made some of the biggest videos on MTV, including "The Final Countdown," "Heaven" and "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)."
Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz on where the term "new wave" originated, the story of "Naive Melody," and why they never recorded another cover song after "Take Me To The River."
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Chad tells tales from his time as drummer for Nirvana, and talks about his group Before Cars.
Bowie's "activist" days of 1964 led to Ziggy Stardust.
In DTMA the conflict with the gunman's father is on full display, and I get the patricide angle. I still sometimes have to remind myself that the line is, "I crossed", and not, "I shot", my old man back in Oregon. Some may think that Fagen is saying the same thing, either way, but with his father still alive, the character's predicament becomes even more desperate. Fagan's characters are well acquainted with circumstances in which more than one threat is in play. I have a feeling that the gunman's father is not one to be trifled with.
"Agents of the law", opens the scene followed directly by, "Luckless pedestrian". While Fagen uses a trail of breadcrumbs to tell his stories, I don't think he sets out to intentionally sow confusion or lead us into blind alleys. Here, I think the two seemingly unrelated phrases go together, and we are being told that the police don't know anymore about the gunman's circumstances than any random person walking down the street would. The police have no idea what a futile task it is trying to extract the gunman from his barricade. He will never give up and expose himself to the real threat.
And who is this menacing father figure? A man who works as a bookkeeper. The accounting profession doesn't exactly call to mind images of dangerous men, driven by vengeance, possibly armed, and ready to deliver final revenge.
Or does it? If the bookkeeper breadcrumb is more literal than metaphorical, could we ask, "Who does, or did, his father keep accounts for?"
This brand of double jeopardy is familiar territory for Fagen, and circumstances where the choices between bad and worse must be reconciled, circumstances that are almost always the unintended consequences of choices previously made, are just stock in trade for the inhabitants of Steely Dan's catalog.
Things to ponder as you pour another drink in the twilight dawn, unable to forget the last hand you played in a game someone mentioned as you tipped the bartender.
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Badco said it
I always thought Don't Take Me Alive was a metaphor to anyone of us who at different times have been on the verge of an emotional meltdown, but not having the conviction to fully act on the rage but the imagination is racing as to what it might look like, what people might say and why it happened....the lyric Don't Take Me Alive almost has a cowardice to it....deferring to someone else to have to handle the situation ultimately....
While unintended, sadly this day and age of the active shooter situations "Don't Take Me Alive" is almost thematic....a great piece of music in a long list of great music by Becker and Fagan....