But I don’t like to visit the fan sites because there’s something creepy about the whole thing to me. I remember when I was a kid I was a big jazz fan and later on there were a few popular singers and groups I liked but I was always interested in the music; I never made a fetish out of their personal lives. I never really got that, you know? I appreciate whatever they do to keep the interest in the band and all that sort of thing but it’s really not part of my world.
–Donald Fagen, found here somewhere.
If you’re a fan of Steely Dan, it’s fairly likely that at some point you’ve pondered over the subject matter of their lyrics. Well, at one point sometime back in the 90s someone created a Website for doing just that. Called Fever Dreams (www.feverdreams.net, I think, now defunct), its collection of mailing list posts and odd essays from various sources was interesting, to say the least. Sometime in the last couple of years, however, it went down.
Actually, that hadn’t been the first time. I had located a mirror at another URL (hosted somewhere at spymac.com domain), which was actually the incarnation of the site I was familiar with. However this too went down eventually. But anyway, I recently decided to pull the site off the Wayback Machine (which was kind of slow, and didn’t really turn up in any searches thus making it harder to find) and mirror it. So, here it is:
Now, I had to rearrange some of the links and pull some stuff out of the pages (Perl can be very helpful), and here and there there may be some broken links and missing bits and whatnot, but mostly it is intact. I should also point out that I was never involved in the original creation of the site; it is not my work originally. I am happy to host this for the time being, maybe until the site resurfaces again. However, I do not really plan to add much to it (aside from fixing up the HTML and whatnot).
So, if the original maintainer comes upon this and would like me to alter it or take it down, please let me know (I can be reached at ben at whatsmykarma dot com). Otherwise, enjoy.