Katy Lied

Katy Lied (Steely Dan)

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Katy Lied is the fourth album by Steely Dan, originally released in 1975 by ABC Records. It went gold and peaked at #13 on the US charts. The single "Black Friday" also charted at #37.

It is also notable for the first appearance of singer Michael McDonald on a Steely Dan album. The album cover features a picture of a katydid, a "singing" (stridulating) insect related to crickets and grasshoppers. This is most likely a pun on the album's title, although a lyric in the song "Doctor Wu" mentions "Katy tried, I was halfway crucified", and "Katy lies, you can see it in her eyes," (Commonly interpreted as a reference to drug addiction, 'Katy' being a metaphor for drugs) which could very well be what the album's title refers to. Jeff Porcaro, then only 21 years old, played all drums on the album apart from "Any World (That I'm Welcome To)", which features legendary session drummer Hal Blaine.

Band members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were not happy with the album's sound quality due to an equipment malfunction with the then new dbx noise reduction system. The group has claimed that the damage was mostly repaired after consulting with the engineers at dbx, however, Fagen and Becker still...


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