October 1972 – a song popular in this month – Do It Again by Steely Dan
This was the breakout hit from Steely Dan’s first album.
Interesting facts about Do It Again & Steely Dan
Like many of their songs, it’s hard to make sense of the lyrics, which seem to be about some combination of addiction, second chances and the inevitability of fate. It’s an example of a Steely Dan song that doesn’t make literal sense, but creates a mood.
This was Steely Dan’s first single. It became a hit in both the US and UK, earning the group a lot of press coverage. The group’s sound was very unusual, and when asked to explain it, they sometimes described it as “smart rock.”
They’re named after a dildo from the William Burroughs novel Naked Lunch. Donald Fagen recalled to Mojo magazine: “We had to come up with a name in a hurry and Walter and I were both Burroughs fans, though he was not known at the time. It was an in-joke- who’s going to know what Steely Dan was? And we figured that, like most of our bands in the past, it would fall apart after three months, so we didn’t think much about it.”
In 1981, they stopped recording. They got back together in 2000 and released Two Against Nature, which won the Grammy for Album Of The Year.
Waylon Jennings, Falco, Tori Amos and Smash Mouth have all covered this song.
This information was provided by Songfacts.com