Steely Dan


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The last track on Steely Dan's creative pinnacle, Aja, "Josie" is the album's most conventional rocker. Built on a funky, Booker T. & the MG's-style in-the-pocket groove powered by Chuck Rainey's slap bassline, "Josie" is the sardonic celebration of a prodigal daughter's return and the mildly criminal debauchery that will thus ensue. (The album's tongue-in-cheek liner notes refer to the song as a "sociopathic jump tune" and "punkadelia," the last of which suggests that contrary to their remote persona, Steely Dan did have some idea of what was going on outside the studio walls in 1977.) After the jazzy sophistication of the rest of Aja, the sly irony and danceable R&B groove of "Josie" -- which also features one of Walter Becker's only guitar solos on the otherwise studio musician-heavy album -- end the album on a refreshingly outward-directed note.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Aja 1977
MCA 4:30
Greatest Hits 1979 MCA 4:30
No Image 1982 MCA
No Image 1983 MCA
Citizen Steely Dan 1993 MCA 4:31
Remastered: The Best of Steely Dan - Then and Now 1993 MCA 4:30
No Image 1994 Home Entertainment
Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story 1972-1980 2000 MCA 4:35
Gaucho/Aja/Countdown to Ecstacy 2003 Universal International 4:30
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection - The Best of Steely Dan 2007 Geffen 4:31
The Very Best of Steely Dan 2009 Universal Distribution / Universal Music TV 4:35