“This was a big part of my musical life. Steely Dan had their pick of the best session dudes around – they were like a revolving door of hot players – and they made the most of it.
“Hey Nineteen, Bodhisattva, Deacon Blues – the songs are so hooky. They were pop, they were jazzy, they had a rock edge – no matter what you were into, there were sides to Steely Dan that would appeal to you. Do It Again had that really cool atonal moment with the sitar; it kind of drops out of key and then slides back. Brilliant.
“Like a lot of people, I thought it was just one core group of musicians. Becker was always in there, but I didn’t know they were using all of these amazing session dudes. I was like, ‘How does that one guy play so many incredible guitar parts? When’s he going to get to the bottom of his bag of tricks?’
“It wasn’t till later, when I found out it was many players, that I was like, ‘Ohhh, now I get it.’ But it was a great move on their part, though, because it gave each song and each solo a unique identity.”