Thursday, March 25, 2010

80s Music Video Flashback

Donald Fagen - New Frontier

Donald Jay Fagen (born January 10, 1948) is an American musician and songwriter, best known as the co-founder, lead singer, and the principal songwriter of the rock band Steely Dan (along with Walter Becker). Fagen is known for his use of jazz harmonies, elaborate arrangements, and attention to detail. Fagen launched a successful, if sporadic solo career in 1982, spawning three albums to date.

After Steely Dan's breakup in 1981, Fagen released his critically acclaimed solo debut album, The Nightfly, in October 1982. It reached #11 on the Billboard Album Chart and was certified Platinum for sales of over a million copies in the United States alone. Its premiere single was I.G.Y. (What A Beautiful World) - aka International Geophysical Year. The song hit the Adult Contemporary Top 10 and peaked at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100. The follow-up single, "New Frontier" peaked at #34 AC and #70 Pop but was aided by a popular MTV music video. The Nightfly was nominated for several Grammy awards including Album Of The Year. It was significantly more jazz based than Fagen's Steely Dan work. RHINO Records released a special DVD Audio version of The Nightfly in honor of the album's twentieth anniversary in 2002.

  • 1982 The Nightfly – #11 US; #44 UK
  • 1993 Kamakiriad – #10 US; #3 UK
  • 2006 Morph the Cat – #26 US; #35 UK
  • 2007 Nightfly Trilogy
  • 2010 untitled fourth solo album

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