Who Is The Gaucho Amigo?

I’ve been musing about Steely Dan’s 1980 album “Gaucho” for close to forty years. It’s dense, it’s weird, it’s Steely Dan in every distorted facet refraction of Southern California. “Aja” was (for most of my peers) one of the first vinyl records we purchased with money earned at some $2.65 an hour job (Six Flags Great Adventure FTW), and the Saturday Night Live ads for the album viewed more like an obscure perfume promotion (put this in context: it was the 70s, and records were being advertised on late night television. Hall pass granted). From that base “Gaucho” advanced squarely in the early days of college —…