Posted by: Captain Easychord | November 8, 2009

Free Music Sunday: Steely Dan – Chain Lightning

Twenty years after their heyday, Steely Dan [m] [w] remains relevant and part of the consciousness.  Now, maybe you don’t think you know any of their work, but without realizing it, you’re probably familiar with a few tracks.  Steely Dan has a way of seeping into the foundations of our modern world, showing up in places like the background music playing at your grocery store.  Because of their genre-defying sound, Steely Dan manages to pop up on playlists of radio stations with Classic Rock, Adult Contemporary, Easy Listening and 70’s-themed formats.

But this post isn’t really supposed to be about Steely Dan.  You see, last week, the Ultimate Players Association held its championship tournament.  The champions of the open (read: men’s) division was a team from Atlanta called Chain Lightning.  Now maybe the inspiration for the name was the DC Comics villain or the fighter plane or the World of Warcraft shaman spell (OK… that last one may be somewhat less likely), but I prefer to think that the team named itself after Steely Dan’s song from the 1975 classic album, Katy Lied.

In fact, I prefer to think a lot of things could plausibly get an extra dash of smooth and cool if they were named after Steely Dan songs.  The day after Thanksgiving has already taken the “Black Friday” moniker and Wilmer Valderrama’s character from That 70’s Show was the Fez… but we can do better!  Washington, DC as “Barrytown“, Bram from The Pittsburgh Comet as “Kid Charlemagne”, Pedro Martinez as “Daddy Don’t Live In That New York City No More” (er… maybe not!).  I might choose “King Of The World” for myself, if only I didn’t already pick my pseudonym from Stereolab’s catalog.  Any more ideas here?  Comment away!

Oh, and go check out Chain Lightning (the song) too.  Enjoy!



  1. It amazes me how few of the players in Steely Dan were actually members of the band. Don’t get me wrong, I love Steely Dan’s work for the first eight years of their career. But this group was dependent on outside talent to give flavor to their best songs.

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