OK - I have a feeling I may open a HUGE can of worms with this thread, but here goes anyway. If this is the wrong Forum, please accept my apologies. I have been listening to The 'Dan since the first album back in the early seventies and they have and continue to be my favourite band despite (or maybe because of?) the fact that they have changed and matured (IMHO) over the years. For the last five or six years, I have been invplved in a number of "tribute" acts to Steely Dan ranging from the 10-13 piece (depending on the night/gig) Danny Steel Orchestra to my current combo The Dan Quartet which is bass, drums, fender rhodes/vocals and sax. TDQ is, to all ntents and purposes, a rhythm section with vocals and saxophone - exactly what I have always thought of as the "essence" of Steely Dan material. It's also a MASSIVE change to be performing with NO GUITARIST and, consequently, NO STRESS at either gigs or rehearsals. We are now tackling the HUGE back catalogue ( ) with much more of a jazz "bias" to the arrangements and with the intention of "freeing up" the arrangements and putting our own spin on the material. Lots of fellow musicians have questioned the wisdom of attempting to emulate recordings made by some of the best session players on the planet and there have been occasions, in rehearsal, when I thought they might be right. But, hey, you only get better by playing stuff you find challenging, right? My question is really twofold: Am I in a minority in thinking that Becker and Fagen have been a seminal influence on modern music for over 30 years? Is it "sacrilege" to tamper with the arrangements of songs which have been hailed as classics for decades? Punters (NOT players!!) seem to fall into three distinct camps when you mention Steely Dan. Camp One: Never heard of them. Camp Two: Love 'em to bits. Great band. Camp Three: Is that the band with the girl singer who did "All Around My Hat"?? We were actually described on some theatre tickets as " An evening of music by "Steeleye Dan" " which managed to alienate just about everybody!! Anyhoo, I'll be very interested to hear what y'all think. Best regards.