Steve Miller (Band)… an Observation

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  1. Jim W

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    I like Steve Miller. Good guitarist and singer, that has written some really catching tunes. I like his more standard stuff compared to his "spacey type things". That being said I don't think he has ever achieved his potential musically (although hit wise and money he has done pretty well). My favorites are Your Saving Grace and Number 5. The stuff with Boz is also good.
     
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    A pretty good pop song writer with an ear for a catchy groove. He had a very clear idea about how to be a successful showman and be successful in the biz. His best (mostly the hits) are stuck in my head forever. A competent singer and player but nothing more. Maybe there's more to him than that but I haven't heard about it.
     
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    I was, and still am, a big ol’ fan of the original Steve Miller Band - w/ “Livin’ In The USA” being my favorite…but ALL those early albums are worthy of respect and praise. After the band broke up, I saw him on the Tomorrow Show ; the other guest was Bonnie Raitt. Miller was drunk, arrogant, had ‘fun’ dissing Bonnie & proclaiming himself the king of the blues. When they picked up their instruments, Bonnie put him away easily.

    Frankly, I think all his stuff since TSMB has sucked hard, and I consider everything from Joker on to be unlistenable; it’s not *bad*, but IMO he’s never even tried to rise to his previous level.

    Probably just me, tho, and I’m not judging anyone else ’s opinion
     
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    The only problem with Steve Miller is he was never able to make as good an album as Sailor again. Livin' in the USA is simply a masterpiece.
    He's a VERY good guitarist, but many of his commercial hits were very derivative of OTHER hit songs.....and he should have known better.
     
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    I find most of his music to be boring dive bar jukebox fodder, but the way he lights up the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame for treating artists like garbage is legendary...

    (Warning: lotsa F bombs)



    He seems like a solid dude.
     
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    I love(ed) Boz era SMB.
    When Mr. Scaggs left, so did I.
    Same thing with Poco, no Messina-no interest.
    Steve Miller obviously knows (knew) what the record-buying public likes.
    He’s a Boomer icon-legend-success story.
    To his credit, his work is brilliantly crafted.
    Smart guy, just not my kinda guy.
     
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    All I know is the dude needs a sat nav.

    Phoenix, Arizona, all the way to Tacoma, Philadelphia, Atlanta, L.A., Northern California.

    Not good route planning.
     
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    I remember walking out of a concert about the time of the Joker. The band seemed unrehearsed & amateurish; his own stage rap was pretty lame. My friends wondered why I wanted to see him in the first place. I couldn't come up with a snappy answer, outside of "well, he was good years ago..." Maybe it was their first tour stop and Tucson sometimes got the big stars' shakedown gigs.
     
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    He showed me his pompatus once. I should've taken a
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    Still better than say, Ozzy rhyming masses with...oh... masses.
     
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    I am a fan. I really enjoyed Born to be Blue and Living in the 20th Century back in the day.

    Like what he said about the RRHoF.

    I think he is a pretty level-headed guy. Somewhere he wrote that he was "an OK guitarist, an OK songwriter, an OK singer, and an OK businessman" and all that added up to being pretty successful.
     
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    I like his music. Heard that he was taught to play by Mary Ford and occasionally Les Paul and others that knew his dad.

    Been listening to a lot of music lately over the past 2 years and one of SMB's popular songs reminds me of a Joe Walsh/James Gang tune, but I can't remember which one. Guess those two artists will be on the list tonight and maybe I'll figure it out.
     
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    Wait, that was his best moment! An inspired line in my book.
     
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    Perhaps SMB's The Stake, and Joe's Rocky Mountain Way?
     
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    I dig the opening riff to Fly Like an Eagle… although, now I know its a partial ripoff of his earlier work.
     
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    Yes… agreed Walsh
     
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    The early experimental stuff had an almost Pink Floyd feel as well, again, who ripped who?
     
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    Well, if you believe Jeff Beck, everyone's been stealing ideas since the 60s.
     
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    Are you sure that's not Festus?

    Maybe someone should start a separate thread with questionable rhymes, like Road and Ford (Chuck Berry)
    I'm gonna get me a car
    And I'll be headed on down the road
    Then I won't have to worry
    About that broken - down, raggedy Ford
     
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    I like his tunes. They are catchy and fun.

    In college in the early 90s, his greatest hits album was one of those CDs that tons of people seemed to own--you couldn't pass a dorm or room party without hearing it playing somewhere.

    But the people who owned it seemed to also be the kind of people who wanted to like music--but didn't really have any developed music taste. You know what I mean? Like you'd check out their CD collection and it'd have the same 20 albums everyone else had, and they were mostly greatest hits albums.

    That kind of turned me off about SMB because I was developing my taste as a music snob.

    However, I still can't resist his songs when they're on the radio. He doesn't seem to take himself too seriously.
     
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