The Darcys cover “Peg” by Steely Dan
Steely Dan were sort of known for their soft-rock stylings and their radio friendly grooves in the ’70s. By the time they were ready to record their sixth album studio album Aja in 1977, only two of the original members from the lineup remained. What resulted during the recording sessions was basically a crazy amount of auditions that resulted in a fantasy baseball team of musicians.
“Peg” was a particularly hard song to record and it required seven top studio guitarists to battle out for the honors of the recording credit on the guitar solo. A then young but still husky voiced Michael McDonald can also be heard singing backup vocals on the chorus of the song.
I sort of enjoy “Peg” but I can’t deny that it does have a Dad and blue jeans soft rock appeal to it. Luckily, De La Soul helped transform it back to the realm of cool by sampling it on their landmark single “Eye Know”.
I’m usually wary of it when bands attempt to cover an album, track by track, but The Darcy’s are able to transform this particular song to a slightly grittier sounding one compared to the highly studio polished and refined original.