Did You Know: Steely Dan’s “Do It Again”

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I’m playing Steely Dan’s “Do It Again” on todays show and like many of their songs, it’s hard to make sense of the lyrics.  They all seem to be about some combination of addiction, second chances and the inevitability of fate.

That unusual instrument used on the first instrumental break is an electric sitar, which is followed by an organ solo that uses pitch-shifting techniques. It was also one of the first in popular music to feature this organ technique as a highlight in the song.

Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, guitarist on the Dan’s first album, joined the [lastfm]Doobie Brothers[/lastfm] in 1975. Denny Dias, who played lead guitar on the album, has moved on from music and is now a computer programmer.

Numerous artists have covered this classic jam and made it into their own including [lastfm]Waylon Jennings[/lastfm], [lastfm]Falco[/lastfm], [lastfm]Tori Amos [/lastfm] and [lastfm]Smash Mouth[/lastfm].

So if you find yourself in Vegas with the handle in your hand, after you give it a pull, go back Jack and do it again!

Which version do you prefer better? [lastfm]Steely Dan[/lastfm]‘s classic original or the legendary [lastfm]Waylon Jennings[/lastfm]‘ southern rock spin? Tell me your favorite version below!

Steely Dan:

Waylon Jennings:

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