About a week and a half ago, I heard Steely Dan's "Peg" over the speakers pumping tunes into my local Food Basics. I chuckled, as it was used as intro music for episode #2 of Yacht Rock, the one in which the Back Alley Songwriting Contest pitted Hall & Oates against Loggins & McDonald.
My brother picked up the album which contains "Peg," Aja, for a buck a couple of years ago. One day, when I was over at his house, I put it on and thought, "This is really well-put-together music. Too bad it's well-put-together elevator music." I thought it would be fun to download "Peg" for a closer listen — after all, it contains an instance of the mystical "mu major" chord (otherwise known as the "Steely Dan chord" for their propensity to throw it in). I figured I'd listen to it a couple of times, satiate my curiosity, and relegate it to the dustbin; after all, it's elevator music, right?
Well, it's a week later, and I'm FUCKING ADDICTED TO THIS ALBUM. It's scary because it's cheesy and schmaltzy and I know I just lost 300 cool-points, but... god damn it's complex. I like complexity in my music, and everything Steely Dan does is for a reason: there are absolutely no mistakes, as evidenced by the process for selecting someone to play the guitar solo in "Peg". (Legend has it that they brought in at least 7 or 8 different guitarists until someone played a solo they liked.)
So, at this very moment, I'm listening to Aja for the second time today. This is very strange: I normally allow at least 2 days between successive spins of an album... hence my concern.