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Wit and Witticisms of Steely Dan

Steely Dan is best known for classic rock staples like "Reelin' in the Years," "Do It Again," and "Hey Nineteen." On a recent teleconference to promote their 2013 Mood Swings: 8 Miles to Pancake Day Tour, the duo of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, they also seemed to be perfecting a Vaudeville Act. If you were not precise with your questioning, you'd find them wandering off on the most bizarre tangents, amusing the reporters, but mostly, and most importantly, amusing themselves.

But what you would expect from a band who named themselves after a dildo from a William Burroughs novel? Here's what it's like to talk to Steely Dan -- who are performing tonight at Mizner Park Amphitheater -- starting with a question about how they came up with the name of their tour.

See also: Steely Dan: "I Think Somebody Took Over the Kanye West Personality Paradigm"

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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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