Brilliant track from an exceptional albumn. My best mate and I were buying jeans up "World's End" in Chelsea back in 1972 and the very hip shop owner put the while album on his shop P.A... Being a tad erm..'worse for wear, but NOT drunk" - well it was King's Road in the early 70s after all - we managed to extract from the D.J. Shop owner what the album was and following a pair of jeans each we made it hot foot to the nearest big record store (quite near the jeans shop I seem to recall) and we each bought a copy of this record. We never looked back and this singular episode started a long and continuous love affair for us both with Steely Dan output!!..
To pick up on a couple of themes:
A tune that comes to mind when I'm grinding my coffee, or doing some deep-sea diving, or boiling cabbage and bacon. Still not sure what the song's about, however.
This one, also from Miss Smith, is a lot clearer. I find it remarkably life-affirming: perhaps simple tastes are most satisfactory as they are most easily satisfied. A pig-foot and a bottle of beer... and I wouldn't pay 25c to get in noWHEAH either. Thirty years ago perhaps - but not nowadays.
I think the Urban Spaceman deserves the era-congruent video. 1968, eh - what?