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The Steely Dan Infographic Project
April 28, 2011 12:25 PM   Subscribe

In which the folks at the Barryfest blog attempt to create a chart, diagram, graph or other visual aid inspired by each and every Steely Dan song
posted by mintcake! (48 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
skate a little slower now
posted by StickyCarpet at 12:33 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ooh ooh next they should do one for Hey Nineteen where it's a pie chart of things that make tonight a wonderful thing.
posted by evisceratordeath at 12:35 PM on April 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


Is this something for which you need to drink Scotch whiskey all night long and die behind the wheel to understand?
posted by tommasz at 12:38 PM on April 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


I detect the smell of Primo..


Yes, I know
posted by mmrtnt at 12:41 PM on April 28, 2011


Blues
Elvis
Somebody else's favorite song.
posted by rocket88 at 12:45 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Holy crap! Not only did I not know "Kid Charlegemain" was inspired by Owsley, but that he died in March!

Now off to see if there was an FPP.
posted by TedW at 12:47 PM on April 28, 2011


They got the Steely Dan T-shirts?
posted by kirkaracha at 12:47 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Talk, sex, somebody to trust , Audi TT, house on the Vineyard, house on the gulf coast, comfy Eames chair, good copper pans , '54 Strat
posted by Grangousier at 12:48 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Stand down by the door
Fly down to Muswellbrooke
Dig myself a hole
posted by emelenjr at 12:49 PM on April 28, 2011


Things that won't do:
1. William and Mary.
2. Guadalajara.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 12:52 PM on April 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


On the counter:
1. Keys
2. Book of numbers
3. Your remedies
posted by Rob Rockets at 12:54 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Is there gas in the car?
Yes
posted by emelenjr at 12:56 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Just a note to remind everyone that if you are reading this without Steely Dan playing in the background, you're doing it wrong.
posted by Keith Talent at 12:57 PM on April 28, 2011 [4 favorites]


Barryfest looks like it's overwhelmed, but I did see that the current tour is passing nowhere near my neck of the woods. Woe.
posted by immlass at 12:59 PM on April 28, 2011


I can see by what you carry that you come from Barryfest.
posted by Balonious Assault at 1:00 PM on April 28, 2011


Things I can't understand:
1. The things you think are precious
2. The things that pass for knowledge
3. The things you think are useless
posted by rocket88 at 1:01 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


1. Makes the morning fabulous
2. Says today's a fun day
3. Makes the traffic interesting
4. Rescues a dreary sunday
5. Makes me feel like painting again
6. Has a friend named melanie
7. Is not afraid to try new things
8. Gets to spend her birthday in spain [possibly]
posted by Grangousier at 1:09 PM on April 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


PROSPECTUS:
  1. Catch the grey men
  2. Collect everything I'm owed
  3. Fly down to Muswellbrook
  4. Strike all the big red words from my little black book
  5. Do just what I please; wear no socks and shoes
  6. Feed all the kangaroos
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 1:11 PM on April 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


Just a note to remind everyone that if you are reading this without Steely Dan playing in the background, you're doing it wrong.

Just another note to remind everyone that if you are reading this without Steely Dan playing in the background, you're doing it exactly right.
posted by mrgrimm at 1:16 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'd like to amend my previous one:

Things that have gas in them:
The car
posted by emelenjr at 1:20 PM on April 28, 2011


I'm the one
who can make everything right.
posted by Crabby Appleton at 1:21 PM on April 28, 2011


So, as my capacity to cry/care increases, you become less high at Rudy's? Is that what I'm supposed to be getting out of this?
posted by .kobayashi. at 1:24 PM on April 28, 2011


How much are the red beans and rice?

Same as in town. A qwottah.
posted by mmrtnt at 1:33 PM on April 28, 2011


So, as my capacity to cry/care increases, you become less high at Rudy's?

I dunno. Here I was thinking that their capacity to see your face increased as you became high at Rudy's.
posted by aught at 1:33 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Dr. Wu:
a) with me.
b) a fragment of the man that I once knew.
posted by ovvl at 1:54 PM on April 28, 2011


Survey: Do you go to the movies?
100% Yes
  0% No

posted by neckro23 at 2:03 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Where's my fez?
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 2:04 PM on April 28, 2011


Your big Black Cow

a) take it.
b) Get outta here.
posted by porn in the woods at 2:13 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Good blog. I like the Exploring Empire Records feature too.

And I definitely concur with his taste in bands; I saw The Love Language do a show four days after the one they reviewed here, and it was a similarly mindboggling experience.

Thanks, mintcake!
posted by MrVisible at 2:37 PM on April 28, 2011


Midnight Cruisers
Where are they driving? Harlem or somewhere the same?
What is their bounty? Is it fortune OR fame?
Are they gentlemen OR losers?

So many questions.
posted by Asbestos McPinto at 2:48 PM on April 28, 2011


checklist of items to accomplish upon Josie's arrival:
*break out the hats
*break out the hooters
*rev up the motor scooters
*park in the street
*sleep on the beach
*make it on the beach
*throw down the jam 'til the girls say when
*lay down the law
*break the law
*shine up the battle apple
*shake 'em all down
*mix in the street
*strike at the stroke of midnight
*dance on the bones 'til the girls say when
*pick up what's left by daylight
posted by flex at 3:30 PM on April 28, 2011 [5 favorites]


Lonnie. Sweep up the playroom.

And try to stay awake.
posted by mmrtnt at 3:37 PM on April 28, 2011


Things they call Alabama:
*the Crimson Tide.

Things you can call me:
*Deacon Blues.
posted by chavenet at 3:49 PM on April 28, 2011


To Avoid Gina:

1. Ignore Doorbell
2. Stay in apartment
3. Draw Blinds
4. Douse all Lights
5. Crouch on floor
6. Do Not Breathe
posted by djrock3k at 3:50 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Rikki:
☑ Don't lose that number
☑ Send it off in a letter to yourself
☑ You might feel better if you use it when you get home.
posted by eyeballkid at 3:56 PM on April 28, 2011


Argh!

I should have waited until I saw the site before playing.
posted by mmrtnt at 3:59 PM on April 28, 2011


Names I Can Hardly Stand to Hear:

1. You
2. Me
3. Chimp
4. ?
5. ?
posted by Grangousier at 4:10 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


A couple more semi-appropriate sites:
The Steely Dan Dictionary - "an A-Z glossary of over 100 obscure words, people and places — all taken from the lyrics of Steely Dan songs."
Fever Dreams - this is a mirror of the original site, which appears to be down. And that's a shame, because it's a very comprehensive resource.
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:16 PM on April 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


Genetic contribution to Babs's child:

Babs:
|||||||||||||||||||||||||

Clean Willie:
|

Charlie with the lotion and the kinky hair:
||||||||||||||||||||||||||

0%______________50%______________100%
posted by logicpunk at 5:31 PM on April 28, 2011 [4 favorites]


Instructions during Santa Ana winds:

Close your eyes
Jog with show folk on the sand
Drink kirschwasser from a shell
Drive to TJ
Don't go for that cotton candy
Watch bridges burn
Shake it
posted by digitalprimate at 5:51 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


In case of reanimation after death, please:
- see
- do
- be born again
- display qualifications to nearest observer
- be drunk from coco shell
posted by mubba at 6:59 PM on April 28, 2011


I was
i. Crucified (halfway)
ii. On the other side of no tomorrow
iii. Reborn
iv. Broke
v. Singing
vi. Strung out
vii. Waiting
viii. Searching
ix. Surprised (when I saw you)

I'll be
i. By the door
ii. Collecting everything I'm owed
iii. On the road
iv. Flying down to Muswellbrook
v. Striking all the big red words
vi. Wearing no socks and shoes
vii. On that hill
viii. Digging myself a hole
ix. Letting it roll
posted by waterunderground at 7:44 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


I don't think there's a single guy named Barry, let alone a fest of them.
posted by Barry B. Palindromer at 9:52 PM on April 28, 2011


Things you've got to do:
Shake it, baby
posted by emelenjr at 7:53 AM on April 29, 2011


Places you will not be if you lose my number:
> Anywhere

am i doin it rite?
posted by Eideteker at 7:58 AM on April 29, 2011


Flame is:

1) The game

2) The game we call gaslighting Abbie

3) A wondrous invention for three
posted by O Blitiri at 8:30 PM on April 29, 2011


Heh. Barryfest just gave a shout to metafilter in their most recent SD infograph, which borrowed evisceratordeath's Hey 19 pie chart idea.
posted by logicpunk at 3:24 PM on May 15, 2011


I feel really, really good about that.
posted by evisceratordeath at 1:46 PM on May 16, 2011


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