It is the first appearance of singer Michael McDonald on a Steely Dan album. Jeff Porcaro, then only 21 years old, played drums on all the songs except “Any World (That I’m Welcome To)”, which features session drummer Hal Blaine. Band leaders Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were unhappy with the album’s sound quality owing to an equipment malfunction with the then-new dbx noise reduction system. The group has claimed that the damage was mostly repaired after consulting with the engineers at dbx, but Fagen and Becker still refused to listen to the completed album.The album was reissued by MCA Records after ABC Records was acquired by MCA in 1979.
The album cover features a picture of a katydid, a “singing” (stridulating) insect related to crickets and grasshoppers. This is most likely a pun on the album’s title; the “singing” of a katydid sounds as though they’re saying “Katy did, Katy didn’t.” Lyrics in the song “Doctor Wu” include “Katy tried, I was halfway crucified” and “Katy lies, you can see it in her eyes”..
1 Black Friday (Donald Fagen, Walter Becker) 3:41
2 Bad Sneakers (Donald Fagen, Walter Becker) 3:20
3 Rose Darling (Donald Fagen, Walter Becker) 3:05
4 Daddy Don’t Live in That New York City No More (Donald Fagen, Walter Becker) 3:15
5 Doctor Wu (Donald Fagen, Walter Becker) 3:56
6 Everyone’s Gone to the Movies (Donald Fagen, Walter Becker) 3:44
7 Your Gold Teeth II (Donald Fagen, Walter Becker) 4:12
8 Chain Lightning (Donald Fagen, Walter Becker) 3:00
9 Any World (That I’m Welcome To) (Donald Fagen, Walter Becker) 3:55
10 Throw Back the Little Ones (Donald Fagen, Walter Becker) 3:13
|Background Vocals||Sherlie Matthews|
|Background Vocals||Carolyn Willis|
|Background Vocals||Myrna Matthews|
Producer – Gary Katz
Arranged By (Horns) – Jimmie Haskell (Tracks 10)
Engineer – Roger Nichols
Cover, Photography By – Dorothy White
Photography By – Roger Nichols, Walter Becker
Phonographic Copyright (p) – ABC Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – ABC Records, Inc.
Recorded At – ABC Recording Studios
Published By – American Broadcasting Music, Inc.
Published By – Red Giant Music, Inc.
Lacquer Cut At – Kendun Recorders
Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute