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The seasonal Santa Ana winds are hot, dry and strong easterly gusts which blow across Southern California between September and February.
"Santa Ana" is Spanish for "Saint Anne" and refers to the Santa Ana Canyon near Anaheim, where the winds were thought to originate (however, in reality they come from near the Rocky Mountains).
A boon to surfers but a nemesis to firefighters and homeowners, the hot winds are said to fuel aggression and can even foretell a coming earthquake — the so-called "shake and bake" syndrome.
Savoy was a New-York based record label which was home to Charlie Parker between November 1945 and September 1948.
Parker's time at Savoy is regarded as the peak of his creative powers — though it also included the 6 months he spent in Camarillo recovering from an alcohol and heroin addiction.
In case you're wondering, "sides" is simply a jazz slang term for "records".
A town located 25 miles north of New York City, population 18,000.
Scarsdale is considered to be among the most upscale towns in Westchester County, which in turn is the most upscale of the areas surrounding NYC.
The town is probably most notable for being the hometown of Linda McCartney and the former residence of Yoko Ono, not to mention lending its name to 1970s food fad "The Scarsdale Diet".
A small public plaza in Greenwich Village, New York, close to where West 4th Street meets 7th Avenue. Named after General Philip Sheridan, a hero of the Union Army during the American Civil War.
Lends its name to the nearby Christopher Street / Sheridan Square subway station — although, despite the song lyrics, the (now-defunct) AA train didn't stop there. However, it did stop at West 4th Street / Washington Square station, less than half a mile away.
A slang term meaning "shady or unsavoury".
Depending on who you ask, the word either comes from the Italian word schifoso, meaning "disgusting, revolting", or the Japanese sukebei, meaning "a lewd or lecherous person".
Link: The meaning of "skeevy"
A dated North American slang term for an informal social gathering.
More than one dictionary further clarifies the definition as "an informal social gathering for men", though this gender-specific meaning seems at odds with its use in the song, with the protagonist hoping to get introduced to a Tuesday Weld-esque "big blonde".
The etymology of the term is unconfirmed, but it's not hard to imagine it deriving from the copious amount of smoking that would have happened at such a gathering in the 1950s.
A mythical woodland creature, originating in Pennsylvania.
First mentioned in the 1910 book Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods by William T. Cox, squonks are described as being very ugly creatures who spend much of their time crying due to their appearance. When captured, they are able to dissolve completely into a puddle of tears.
A mere 2 years after the release of Pretzel Logic, Genesis dedicated an entire song to the squonk (appropriately called "Squonk") on their 1976 album A Trick of The Tail.
A street in San Francisco.
Running north-south for approximately 1 mile through the centre of the city, the street forms both the western boundary of the Haight-Ashbury district and the eastern boundary of Golden Gate Park.
Named after Charles H. Stanyan, a city supervisor in the late 19th century, the thoroughfare has also been immortalised in the title of Stanyan Street and Other Sorrows, a 1966 poetry collection by American poet and singer-songwriter Rod McKuen.
A type of (fictional) Japanese dildo, mentioned in William Burroughs' infamous 1959 book Naked Lunch.
See the following excerpt:
Mary is strapping on a rubber penis. "Steely Dan III from Yokohama," she says, caressing the shaft. Milk spurts across the room. "Be sure that milk is pasteurized. Don't go giving me some kinda awful cow disease like anthrax or glanders or aftosa...."
The Strand Bookstore in New York, located on the corner of 12th Street and Broadway.
Founded in 1927 and specialising in remaindered and bargain books, the Strand is reputedly the largest second-hand bookshop in the United States, with 18 miles of shelves.
Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles — a 20-mile long street which runs from Central LA to the ocean, via Hollywood.
Nicknamed "The Boulevard of Dreams", it was originally made famous worldwide by the classic 1950 Billy Wilder movie Sunset Boulevard. In more recent years, it also gained infamy as the site of Hugh Grant's 1995 liaison with hooker Divine Brown.
A neighbourhood in New York City, located in midtown Manhattan, alongside the East River.
Sutton Place is a small and elegant neighbourhood, considered to have some of the finest architecture in New York. Also notable for containing the United Nations Secretary-General's official residence.