Fans of Steely Dan may be surprised to learn that the band is not named after its founding members. The name derives, rather, from the William Burroughs novel Naked Lunch
-- in which 'Steely Dan' is the name of a large metal dildo which is crushed (in an unlikely manner) by an evil German bulldyke prostitute.
[Former Steely Dan guitarist Jeff (Skunk) Baxter, was also an expert on missile defense: "I wrote a paper a long time ago and gave it to a friend," he once recalled. "The next thing I know, I'm advising members of Congress." (Newsweek, May 28, 2001)]