“New Song” by Simon Konecki and John Butler
“New Song,” by British rock band Steely Dan, is an incredibly interesting song. It was the first song that Jones wrote for this band. It also is one of the more unique songs of the band’s career. This song was recorded by several other artists including Paul Simon and Tommy Lee.
“New Song,” which originally was to be called “Touch Me There,” is actually from the album New Moon. This album was not produced under the name Steely Dan until the group’s third album later in the decade, Steely Dan III. “New Song” was the debut single from guitarist John Butler’s band. The song reached number one in the UK Singles Chart. The song spent 20 weeks at number seven in the UK. On the UK seven inch single, the words of the song are typed in a spiral on top of the B side, with the credits located on the C-side.
When you listen to this song today, you can hear some of Butler’s earlier songs such as, “My Old School,” “Climbing Up the Walls,” and “Bodhisattva.” These and other early songs are blended in with the Steely Dan sound of today. Listen to “New Song,” from the new album Steely Dan III: “A Boy Brushed Red Living in a World of Black and White.” In addition to being a wonderful new single, “New Song” also stands as a great track, featuring great guitar work by John Butler and Simon Konecki. It makes for a wonderful addition to any collection of Steely Dan music.