Steely Dan, “West of Hollywood”

Here’s another post of mine from Larry Haley’s The Bop Shop.

Kid Clean is the antihero/narrator here, another of Steely Dan’s Beautiful Losers (“I’m way deep into nothing special”). He tells the tale of his and Anne de Siècle’s dissolute summer saga, possibly fueled by the ministrations of the shadowy Dr Warren Kruger.

The song really takes off in the last half, with Chris Potter’s tenor sax solo. I never get tired of hearing him navigate his way through the slithering, Wagnerian key changes — anchorless, like the song’s starring duo.

play Steely Dan’s “West of Hollywood” (1981) on YouTube