When Walter Becker died last month, it was sad since Steely Dan was my first favorite band. Unfortunately, Steely Dan only had one album in the '80s and certainly had no intentions of making music videos. However, Becker's partner in Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, did make music videos so today's nostalgia was a song about '50s nostalgia called I.G.Y.
While Steely Dan is played plenty on classic rock radio and are the unofficial kings of Yacht Rock, solo Donald Fagen material doesn't get much play except an occasional spin of I.G.Y. , which was the first single off of Fagen's glorious LP The Nightfly from 1982.
While this is the third time that we've featured Fagen on Lost and Found after profiling New Frontiers and Century's End, it's no surprise the reclusive musician from New Jersey declined to appear in all his '80s videos. Instead the video for I.G.Y. creates the look of a '50's educational film. And why not, since I.G.Y. stands for International Geophysical Year, which was an 18-month event that ran from July 1957 to December 1958 that promoted collaboration among the world's scientists in an effort to speed up progress on the world's problems so that in 1976 we would be "a-ok." While certain progress has been made in technology, such as texting your child in the next room when you could just as easily speak to each other face-to-face, the video for I.G.Y. laid out some aggressive Jetson-style goals as by Oct. 5, 2000, space travel was expected to be normal and Mars to be colonized.
I.G.Y. was Fagen's only Top 40 solo hit peaking at No. 26 on the pop charts and was nominated for three Grammy Awards, but failed to win any. Meanwhile, Fagen too has been battling health issues postponing his September solo concerts. For those who love the music of Fagen and Steely Dan, I highly recommend a book that was released earlier in the year called: Steely Dan: FAQ written by Anthony Robustelli.