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Charted: April 12, 1975

Rating: 4.455 (average of 13 ratings)

Genre: jazz rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Black Friday
  2. Bad Sneakers
  3. Rose Darling
  4. Daddy Don’t Live in That New York City No More
  5. Doctor Wu
  6. Everyone’s Gone to the Movies
  7. Your Gold Teeth II
  8. Chain Lightning
  9. Any World That I’m Welcome To
  10. Throw Back the Little Ones


sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 1 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 13
peak on U.K. album chart 13

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Black Friday (5/24/75) #37 US


One of Blender’s 100 Greatest American Albums

Katy Lied
Steely Dan
“Building from the jazz fusion foundation of Pretzel Logic, Steely Dan created an alluringly sophisticated album of jazzy pop with Katy Lied” (Erlewine). “Donald Fagen and Walter Becker had ditched their band by their fourth album” (Blender) and “began relying solely on studio musicians, which is evident from the immaculate sound of the album. Usually, such a studied recording method would drain the life out of each song, but that’s not the case with Katy Lied, which actually benefits from the duo’s perfectionist tendencies” (Erlewine). “They fashioned a world of gimlet-eyed sophistication” (Blender) in which “each song is given a glossy sheen, one that accentuates not only the stronger pop hooks, but also the precise technical skill of the professional musicians drafted to play the solos. Essentially, Katy Lied is a smoother version of Pretzel Logic, featuring the same cross-section of jazz-pop and blues-rock. The lack of innovations doesn’t hurt the record, since the songs are uniformly brilliant” (Erlewine).

“Less overtly cynical than previous Dan albums, the album still has its share of lyrical stingers, but what’s really notable are the melodies, from the seductive jazzy soul of Doctor Wu” (Erlewine), which “dealt with drug dealers” (Blender), “and the lazy blues of Chain Lightning to the terse Black Friday and mock calypso of Everyone's Gone to the Movies” (Erlewine), the latter “enticing teenage girls to watch porn” (Blender). It’s another excellent record in one of the most distinguished rock & roll catalogs of the ‘70s” (Erlewine).

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previous album: Pretzel Logic (1974) next album: The Royal Scam (1976)

Last updated November 10, 2008.