Yet another thread in which people ascribe an internal characteristic of cringeworthiness to the Dan ? (yeah, been there, done that
I wonder if they really do possess such an 'awkwardness' or 'corniness', or is that just a contemporary reaction to music which has it's guard down, is very exposed and vulnerable, and very explicit & literal with it's lyrics. If they only used metaphors, symbolism and ambiguous phrases, would they induce less of such a reaction ? What if they operated from a polarized, 'Us vs. Them' mode/perspective ? Would they be 2012 cool then ? I really wonder about this.
Part of the 21st century mode of social behaviour and interaction is having one's guard up, and having layer upon layer of internal defenses so as to mask the *true* inner core of character and thoughts. Whether that be the sneering pose of Eminem in thug mode, or the rowdy, raucous & ready-to-brawl confrontationalism of Liam Gallagher in his Oasis of easily agitated & hyper-sensitive defensiveness, it doesn't bode well (culturally speaking) for Steely Dan tribute threads.