When the two old enemies embraced this week in London, many fans were wondering if the decades-long feud was finally and fully laid to rest. Would there be a Pink Floyd reunion? A new tour? A new album? Realistically, isn’t it much too late for that now? More to the point – as many were quick to remark – the band could hardly reunite since Richard Wright had died in 2008.
Released when I was in the womb, The Royal Scam by Steely Dan birthed some of their best-loved songs: The Fez, Kid Charlemagne and Don’t Take Me Alive. Steely Dan are another band I liked because my older sister did – as she discovered them in the late 1980s – but Haitian Divorce was the song that hooked us both.
It wasn’t just the glorious reggae guitars – so apt to have been released during a record-breaking heatwave – or that distinctive wah-wah guitar. It wasn’t just the sound so summery you could practically feel the sand under your toes. It wasn’t just the lazy, sardonic vocals or shuffling beat – or even the bass trying hard not to sound like it’s being played by a hairy white guy.