|Studio album by Steely Dan|
|Recorded||November 1974 -
ABC Recording Studios Inc.,
|Steely Dan chronology|
|Singles from Katy Lied|
It is the first appearance of singer Michael McDonald on a Steely Dan album. Jeff Porcaro, then only 20 years old, played drums on all the songs except "Any World (That I'm Welcome To)", which features session drummer Hal Blaine. It also marked the first appearance of Larry Carlton who played guitar on "Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More"
Band leaders Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were unhappy with the album's sound quality owing to an equipment malfunction with the then-new dbx noise reduction system. The group has claimed that the damage was mostly repaired after consulting with the engineers at dbx, but Fagen and Becker still refused to listen to the completed album.
The album was reissued by MCA Records after ABC Records was acquired by MCA in 1979.
The album cover features a picture of a katydid, a "singing" (stridulating) insect related to crickets and grasshoppers. This is a pun on the album's title; the "singing" of a katydid sounds as though they're saying "Katy did, Katy didn't." Lyrics in the song "Doctor Wu" include "Katy tried, I was halfway crucified" and "Katy lies, you can see it in her eyes".
The track "Black Friday", which was released as the first single from the album, relates the story of a crooked speculator who makes his fortune and absconds to Australia. Muswellbrook, a town in New South Wales, was chosen to fit in with the lyric, as Fagen later explained: "It was the place most far away from LA we could think of ... and, of course it fitted the metre of the song and rhymed with book". The track features Michael Omartian on piano and David Paich on Hohner electric piano.
All songs written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.
- "Black Friday" – 3:33
- "Bad Sneakers" – 3:16
- "Rose Darling" – 2:59
- "Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More" – 3:12
- "Doctor Wu" – 3:59
- "Everyone's Gone to the Movies" – 3:41
- "Your Gold Teeth II" – 4:12
- "Chain Lightning" – 2:57
- "Any World (That I'm Welcome To)" – 3:56
- "Throw Back the Little Ones" – 3:11
- Donald Fagen – vocals, piano, keyboards, saxophone
- Walter Becker – bass, guitar (solo on "Black Friday", "Bad Sneakers")
- Michael Omartian, David Paich – pianos, keyboards
- Hugh McCracken – guitar
- Denny Dias – guitar (solo on "Your Gold Teeth II")
- Rick Derringer – guitar (solo on "Chain Lightning")
- Dean Parks – guitar (solo on "Rose Darling")
- Elliott Randall – guitar (solo on "Throw Back the Little Ones")
- Larry Carlton – guitar on "Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More"
- Wilton Felder, Chuck Rainey – bass guitars
- Jeff Porcaro – drums on all songs except "Any World (That I'm Welcome To)"
- Hal Blaine – drums on "Any World (That I'm Welcome To)"
- Victor Feldman – percussion
- Phil Woods – alto saxophone solo on "Doctor Wu"
- Jimmie Haskell – horn & horn arrangement on "Throw Back the Little Ones"
- Bill Perkins – horn on "Throw Back the Little Ones"
- Michael McDonald – background vocals
- Myrna Matthews, Sherlie Matthews, Carolyn Willis – background vocals on "Everyone's Gone to the Movies"
- Producer: Gary Katz
- Engineer: Roger Nichols
- Mastering: Rick Collins
- Sound Consultant: Dinky Dawson
- Consultant: Daniel Levitin
- Arranger: Jimmie Haskell
The album cover features a photograph of a katydid by Dorothy White.
|Year||Single||Label & number||Position|
|1975||"Black Friday" (B-side: "Throw Back the Little Ones")||ABC 12101||37|
|1975||"Bad Sneakers" (B-side: "Chain Lightning")||ABC 12128||103|
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