From several interviews it's known that Steely Dan was and is one of Lukather's favorite bands of all time. With his high school band Still Life (that started in 1972) he played alot of Steely Dan tunes. Lukather: "When we played those songs, people thought they were great, but they also thought we’d written ’em (chuckles). We were like the Junior Steely Dan; Landau played the part of Denny Dias and I was Jeff Baxter. Donald [Fagen] and Walter [Becker] actually came to one of our high school gigs, and we freaked out! They’re still one my favorite bands."