Steely Dan

Any Major Dude Will Tell You

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Despite Steely Dan's reputation as chilly, cynical perfectionists, the duo, in their own way, have a lot of soul. 1974's "Any Major Dude Will Tell You," for all the implicit sarcasm of the title, is one of their most tender songs, a genuinely reassuring statement of comfort to a distressed friend that works at least in part because of the tossed-off, wise-ass way that the lyrics put sorrow in perspective without minimizing it. Musically, the song is simple and utterly lovely, a pretty minor-key melody anchored by Donald Fagen's electric piano and some layered acoustic guitars, and featuring a short but sweet Denny Dias guitar solo. In the middle of the knotty and dazzlingly varied Pretzel Logic, the uncharacteristically straightforward "Any Major Dude Will Tell You" is one of Steely Dan's most underrated and appealing songs.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Pretzel Logic 1974 MCA 3:08
Greatest Hits 1979 MCA 3:06
No Image 1984 MCA
Citizen Steely Dan 1993 MCA 3:08
Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story 1972-1980 2000 MCA 3:08
Can't Buy a Thrill/Pretzel Logic/The Royal Scam 2003 Universal Distribution 3:08
The Very Best of Steely Dan 2009 Universal Distribution / Universal Music TV 3:08