Five Important Questions About the Steve Miller Band
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It's August, the hottest month of the summer! Now, whether your summer began when school let out in May or at the equinox in June or the day after the 4th of July, when you could really relax, chances are all the summer fun you've been expecting is now in full swing. That means toes in the sand, wet butts on the car seat, and an inescapable wave of the Steve Miller Band blasting out of stereos.
Now, you may not realize it because you're preoccupied with being stalked by Santana and Rob Thomas's "Smooth," but the music of the Steve Miller Band is pretty much all over your life, to the point that you've probably become accustomed to him
1) Where, exactly, in northern California are the girls warmer?
With the Steve Miller Band having formed in San Francisco, one would assume that the line in "
2) After seeing the latest Suicide Squad footage from Comic-Con, is it possible that Jared Leto is actually playing Steve Miller's "The Joker"?
3) How come nobody's made a stink about "Take the Money and Run" being the most unapologetically disturbing glorification of murder, burglary, breaking-and-entering and fleeing authorities ever recorded?
With an N.W.A. biopic hitting cinemas this month, people seem to have chilled out quite a bit over the past few decades regarding the violence in rap music. But while gangsta-rap hysteria, silly as it was, was a vibrant fiery point of national contention, Steve Miller Band's 1976 single "Take the Money and Run" is as morally bereft as anything in the boom-bap canon. Two "young lovers with nothing better to do" rob a house, kill a man, flee the authorities and live happily ever after. All with the most treasured joyful mid-verse handclaps this side of Jack and Diane.
4) Why couldn't the Geto Boys sample "The Joker" for "Gangsta of Love?"
In between their classic sophomore Grip It on That Other Level LP and their American Records self-titled re-release, something strange happened to one of the Geto Boys' strongest songs whenthe Steve Miller Band sample on "Gangsta of Love" was removed and replaced with "Sweet Home Alabama." C'mon Steve. Was it money? Was it the filthiness of the song? Was it the possible reveal of being
5) Why let Run-DMC remake "Take the Money and Run?"
Look, we love Run-DMC. We wore Adidas because of them, we've seen them live, we doubled down on their digipack re-releases and we've even purchased their solo records. That said, while it's the best song on their largely lackluster final 2001 album Crown Royal, we have to ask why, of all the samples allegedly denied, was this the one that got cleared? Was it money? Was it an act of respect for Reverend Run? This one we're just more curious what those meetings were like. We're guessing it's because Mr. Miller found a kindred spirit in Run, as he likely also speaks of the pompatus of love.
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