If Steely Dan had done Gary Glitter’s “Rock and Roll (Part 2),” I anticipate that it would have sounded vaguely like this. The drum part right at the beginning is basically the same as the opening of Glitter’s work while the wailing guitar that follows soon afterward is reminiscent of Walter Becker’s opening riff from “Reelin’ In The Years.” As these references pervade through “Never Had Nobody Like You” – a track that’s more driving and bluesy than either of the original songs it calls to mind – that’s the single thought I can’t get out of my head the whole time I’m listening: Steely Dan performing the “Hey Song.” Y’know what? It works out okay for M. Ward.
Oh, and if this all sounds a little bit familiar to you, that’s because Budweiser used it in an advertising campaign a few years back, including in one spot that aired during the Super Bowl (as I recall). That particular ad may or may not be this one here: