Weekend Beats: No Static

Given both TGR editors’ love of Steely Dan, it’s surprising that it has taken so long for this to happen: “F.M. (No Static at All)” (1978), an exemplary blurp of suede decadence. Man. The Carter era! Quaaludes and sideburns.

Named after a gigantic dildo in a William Burroughs novel, Steely Dan made sure to never be as entirely repulsive and boring as an “experimental” text like a Burroughs novel. They understood that pleasure is an art, and this oleaginous cut exemplifies how SD made some of the world’s best driving music.


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