Song of the Day #4,496: ‘New Frontier’ – Donald Fagen

‘New Frontier’ is a standout track from Donald Fagen’s acclaimed 1982 album The Nightfly. This was the second single released from the album and it reached #70 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The previous single, ‘I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World)’ made it to #26.

This swinging tune depicts a young man in the 60s holding a party in his parents’ bomb shelter. It uses JFK’s promise of a “new frontier” as a symbol for the romantic yearning of youth, toeing a line between satire and bittersweet sincerity.

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