Per usual, Coachella’s 2015 lineup features a mishmash of bands ranging from rock to hip hop to EDM. Then, there’s Steely Dan!?
A jazz rock band founded by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan’s popularity peaked in the late 1970s, long before most Coachella attendees were born.
Heritage act aside -- after all, AC/DC’s on the bill, and Roger Waters, Paul McCartney, and Prince have played in the past -- their inclusion feels odd.
To prove our point, we’ve been reeling in the best reactions in the twitterverse.
Steely who? Steely why?
steely dan are playing coachella i literally want to hurl myself off of a cliff - INKA (@inkasongs) January 6, 2015
That #Coachella lineup has to be a joke right?! I mean even Steely Dan, HATES Steely Dan... hahah - TK (@TKalltheTime) January 6, 2015
Oh nice Steely Dan is playing Coachella. I can’t wait for my dad to ask me to get him tickets to Coachella - Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) January 7, 2015
I’m kinda pissed they put Steely Dan on the @coachella lineup and not Gordon Lightfoot. - Nick Youssef (@NickYoussef) January 6, 2015
steely dan and ryan adams, i’ve never heard of them before, must be some hot new acts for coachella 2015 - David Schulman (@dmschulman) January 6, 2015
“who is steely dan?” is this week’s “who is paul mccartney?” #coachella - hilary @ fm94/9 (@hilahil) January 6, 2015
What is the point of making fake Coachella posters when Steely Dan is literally on the real one - Zach Schonfeld (@zzzzaaaacccchhh) January 6, 2015
Steely Dan at Coachella is like the long lost extra verse to “Hey Nineteen.” - Steven Hyden (@Steven_Hyden) January 6, 2015
I hope Steely Dan is playing an early set at Coachella. All their fans will be in bed by 6pm. - Andy MacDonald (@Hurgledurf) January 6, 2015
So many Uncles are going to be disappointed when they get to Coachella and discover Steely Dan is a 19-year-old white rapper from Florida. - Bob Castrone (@BobCastrone) January 6, 2015
In fairness to “the Dan”, there’s one person excited about the bands appearance at Coachella.
Then, there’s this guy...
Steely Dan is drawing a lot of jeers from music fans who aren’t accustomed to music being composed, written and performed well. - JRehling (@JRehling) January 6, 2015