Fun Rock And Roll Facts From The Archives

Fun Facts About Steely Dan

Did you know…

…that Walter Becker and gonzo journo Hunter Thompson were arrested after they filmed a sci-fi porn movie at the world famous annual Munich Beer Festival in 1973?

…that Donald Fagen had his forehead tattooed with the web address of a gambling site after auctioning off advertising space on his head to pay for his black jack debts?

…that Walter Becker got locked in Yankee stadium after he fell asleep on the toilet?

…that Donald Fagen is a “Super Fan” of up and coming fringe sport “Extreme Ironing”?

…that Walter Becker has invested a large sum of his album royalties in a “love motel” in Soa Paulo for amorous dogs and cats?

…that drug charges against the duo were dropped recently because the judge was using a sex toy, a penis pump, in court?

…That Donald Fagen found a great horned owl which was starving in his backyard because it had gone blind? Fagen, generous sort that he is, paid to have new eye lenses implanted so he could train it to bring him his beloved Saltine crackers.

…That Walter Becker has a morbid fear of ferns?

…That Donald Fagen holds the world record for owning the largest collection of belly button lint? He has been collecting for over 20 years and has more than half an ounce of the stuff.

…That Steely Dan’s original drummer was William S. Burroughs?

On Journey’s Steve Perry

Did you know…

…that he suffers from “lethologica”, the bizarre affliction which describes the state of never being able to remember the word you want to say?

…that he has over one hundred vocal sounds, while his dog Sherri only possesses a mere ten?

…that Steve’s urine, since birth, has glowed a bright tangerine color?

…that he once injected Nutmeg at Christmas and almost died?

…that, like the tiny fire ant of South Africa, Steve always falls over on his right side when intoxicated?

…that he was recognized recently (2006) by the Dykema Corperation for being the first person to discover that rubber bands last longer when refrigerated?

…that his left eye is, in fact, larger in diameter than his brain?

…that due to a “special” odor his lungs produce while asleep he swallows an average of 14 dung beetles each night?

…that after an afternoon of drinking with his brothers, Steve accidentally urinated through his tights while swordfighting Michael Redgrave?

…that Steve’s brother, Shaun Ellis Perry, has recently spent 18 months living in captivity with a trio of wolf pups that had been abandoned by their mother at birth, educating them as wild wolves in the hope that they could survive in the wild?

On Jim Croce

Did you know…

…that Jim’s famous ‘fro was actually a wig? It’s true! His hair was burned off at age 6 in an unfortunate smelting accident.

…that his hit “I Fell In Love With A Roller Derby Queen” was originally entitled “I Fell In Love With A Whore From Dairy Queen”?

…that he subsisted on nothing but pine needles and guacamole for the last 6 years of his existence? It was a ‘new age’ diet recommended to him by former roommate Arlo Guthrie.

…that for the entire 30 years that he was alive he never once cut his toenails? Look closely at his concert footage and you’ll notice that he always kept his feet wrapped in velvet “Crown Royal” bags.

…that he once swam over 2938 km down the Mississippi River just to retrieve his autographed Jerry Garcia balsa wood hookah?

…that he would only wear blue jeans that contained a unique purple dye found only in a rare form of sea urchin?

…that he once sneaked into Ed McMahon’s house and lived undetected in his closet for a full year?

…that he and 6 others still hold the record to this day for “Most People To Fit Inside A Single Soap Bubble”?

…that his mustache actually housed three generations of trained circus fleas,  a Croce heirloom and tradition passed down by his father, Hercules Croce?

…that before Stanley Kubrick took over, Jim Croce was considered to play Alex, the lead “droog” in A Clockwork Orange?