Do It Again (Steely Dan song)
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Do It Again is a song by American jazz-rock group Steely Dan, which was released as a single from their debut 1972 album Can't Buy A Thrill. The single version differed from the album version, shortening the intro, outro and two instrumental sections of the song.
Released in 1972, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 18, 1972 and reached #6 on the US charts in 1973.
On the 1972 release, the song was credited as "Trad" (for traditional), although it was probably written by the band's leaders, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen (who most likely enjoyed the chic joke concerning the songwriting credits).
The song was among the first in popular music to include an organ solo featuring a pitch-shifting technique. The tune also has a notable electric sitar solo by Denny Dias. It is also set to be featured in the upcoming video game, Guitar Hero World Tour.
- The Brazilian funk jazz instrumentalist Eumir Deodato recorded an extensive funk jazz orchestration on the 1973 concert recording ''Live at Felt Forum: The 2001 Concert". He has covered the song on numerous occasions in the studio and live. A Deodato hit collection released in 2007 bears the title "Do it Again".
- Waylon Jennings recorded a cover of this song in 1980 on his album Music Man. Played at a faster pace, Waylon's version of the song is shorter than the original. This version also features his very distinctive guitar solo in the middle of the song.
- In 1983, Italian dance music act Clubhouse released "Do It Again / Billie Jean", a mashup/medley of the track with Michael Jackson's then-recent hit. This charted well across Europe. In the United States, while the Clubhouse version performed best in pop markets, a cover version by Slingshot performed better in R&B and dance markets. Another version of the same medley was made in that year by Brooklyn Express, a disco group from New York.
- Austrian pop star Falco covered the song on his 1988 album Wiener Blut.
- Art of Noise sampled the song for their version of Prince's "Kiss" with Tom Jones in 1988.
- The disco-funk orchestra Rhythm Heritage did a cover of the song, coupled with War's "Cisco Kid"
- A short lived funk/alternative band, The Organization, composed of all former Death Angel members, less Mark Osegueda, covered this song on their 1995 album entitled Savor The Flavor.
- In 1997, Paul Hardcastle offered his version from the album "Cover to Cover."
- Latin Urban group Kumbia Kings have released a Spanish-language rendition of the song, titled "Ella Sabe" ("She Knows") on their 2004 album, "Fuego"
- The electro-Latin 2007 release Bossa Nova Is Not A Crime by The Juju Orchestra featured a cover with Carolyn Leonhart and Robert SmithTemplate:Dn on vocals.
- Alternative Rock band Smash Mouth covered the song in 2000 for the Jim Carrey film Me, Myself & Irene, and was played during the end credits of the film.
- Italo disco act Asso covered the track during the 1980's.
- Soul singer Ronnie Jones included the song on his album "Again" (2006).
- American musician Tori Amos covered the song in 1998 during the recording sessions for her fourth album, From the Choirgirl Hotel. The song can be found on the UK edition of the single, Spark (song)