I promise that this will be my last Steve Miller post, but I just have to share a few things with you. First of all, the inestimable "SD" gives us this little nugget:
"Steve Miller is definitely advanced. In the late 70's (think 'Fly Like an Eagle') he declared the guitar 'dead' and said the synthesizer was the future. I distinctly remember reading an article in Creem where Ted 'The Nuge' Nugent took almost violent exception to this notion. It is also worth noting that Mr. Miller quickly returned to making blues-based guitar rock records."
Advanced, indeed. Second, I'd like to point out that in "The Joker" he employs my favorite lyrical technique (rhyming a word with itself) twice:
"Some people call me the space cowboy, yeah
Some call me the gangster of love
Some people call me Maurice
Cause I speak of the pompatus of love"
"Lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey all the time
Ooo-eee baby, Ill sure show you a good time"
Finally, he rhymes "wrong" with "home." It doesn't get any more awesome than that. Ever since I first wrote about the pompatus of love, I have not been able to get "The Joker" out of my head. I love the song, but it's time to move on.
P.S. In "Abracadabra," he rhymes the title word with "grab ya."