What other band can claim to be named after an oversized strap-on dildo in a William S. Burroughs novel? Anyway I remember hearing and liking some of their more popular songs as a youth but didn't become a true fan until a couple years ago. First with their masterpiece Aja. I swear I must have listened to that album every day for weeks at a time at one point. Then I slowly got acclimated to their other stuff. My favorite Dan album is probably Countdown to Ecstasy, as it's the only one I can listen to all the way through without wanting to skip certain songs. But my progress has been slow. I still have not gotten Cant Buy A Thrill or Gaucho yet, or their later works, Two Against Nature or Everything Must Go. Even with being exposed to only half their work they are easily my favorite band. The sound the managed to put out is so odd but unique and very catchy. From what I've read they were absolute bastards in the studio, cruel to many they worked with in order to get the uniquely perfect soundscapes that have come to define them. Even going so far as to spend hours on a single lyrical word. I guess the old adage "pain is temporary, art is forever" comes to mind. Not as a justification for cruelty, but like it or not, it's shaped a huge number of artistic endeavors the public has enjoyed for decades. Just because artists are talented doesn't make them nice people. But is being nice a prerequisite for creating? And would "nice" artists create works half as memorable?