The dynamic duo of Walter Becker (RIP) and Donald Fagen, better known as Steely Dan, had no shortage of hits in the 70s/80s. Blending jazz, R&B, traditional pop, blues and rock, these captivating musical magicians dominated the airwaves with their smooth "soft pop" sound. One of their most underrated gems is "Only a Fool Would Say That," a track from their 1972 debut album Can't Buy a Thrill.
This sophisticated "pop" tune has effervescent George Benson-like guitar rhythms and the band's signature clever lyrics. It's honeyed tones give it a timeless beauty. Steely Dan has such an extensive catalog of excellent music that even their songs that didn't chart are necessary ear candy.
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About the Curator - Sonya Alexander
After graduating from UCLA, Sonya trained to be a talent agent. After realizing she belonged on the creative end, she started freelance writing, covering film festivals for Los Angeles local papers. She's written about film, video games, global affairs, wildlife conservation and, most recently, music. She specializes in classic rock, classic soul, blues, classic country, classical and world music and is tri-coastal, residing in Los Angeles, New York and New Orleans.