Speaking of the Pompatus of love…..
In 1974 I was 12. I liked growing up in the Bay Area, because we had a musical identity. It was cool feeling like these bands were your people, your neighbors and members of your community, as distant as they were. Granted, a lot of them immediately migrated to L.A. when success came their way. We still like to think of them as ours.
One of these was Steve Miller, a transplant from the Midwest who seemed to slide effortlessly into the SF music scene. As effortlessly as he moved from one genre to another, effortlessly melding disparate of American roots rock into a string of radio hits. Here is a recent performance of his ’74 hit “The Joker”. 40 years down the road and the guy still sounds amazing.