Cool Magic. Heart Like a Wheel. Give It Up. Macho City edit. Side B: Italian X Rays. Bongo Bongo. Nobody But You Baby. I'm very proud of my dad. But to give you an idea of what it was like, he was arrested, handcuffed, had his picture taken and posted on the front page of the fucking Dallas Morning News for having a "race party" at his laboratory at 3pm before the Christmas break.
I think it was [state U. Senator] Ralph Yarborough who finally got the Morning News to print a retraction, but they made him sound like he was some sort of swanky abortion doctor. My old man went right downtown and told everybody to fuck themselves when that happened [laughs]. We started our band when we were It was a good band.
Boz [Scaggs] was in it. We played fraternities all the time. It was I knew how to play and entertain people just from watching Les Paul and T-Bone Walker from the age of say 4 to I'd been to the University of Wisconsin for four years and the University of Copenhagen.
I'd finished my run in Chicago and wanted to continue my education and because I was a resident of Texas I could go to the University of Texas very inexpensively. So I went down to Austin and enrolled in school, and then tried to enter the music department.
They let me take an advanced composition course; I was working on electronic music. I was listening to [German composer Karlheinz] Stockhausen and doing a lot of that. I was allowed to take an advanced composition course, but they wouldn't teach me how to read or write music. They said, "You can't enter music school. So I hung around for three weeks. The music scene was good, but it was a little early. Just the brief time I was there I had some jams with some jazz guys. I can't really tell you who — maybe it was the 13th Floor Elevators [laughs].
I had come from Chicago where I had done the blues deal, so I knew what was happening. After spending about three weeks in school, I just woke up one morning and said, "Fuck this," sold all my books, put a bed in the back of my Volkswagen bus, drove to the highway, flipped a coin, and headed left — to the West Coast.
It's They're doing East-West and that sounds great. Same with the Grateful Dead: "What!? What's going on here? The Grateful Dead were high on acid, and were standing around for 25 minutes between songs and then doing a horrible version of "The Midnight Hour" or something that lasted 40 minutes. It was crazy, but people loved it and it finally dawned on me that it was a social phenomenon, not a musical phenomenon, and these were guys who were folk musicians who went, "Hey, I want to be like the Beatles and grow my hair long.
I'm gonna smoke pot, I'm gonna wear Beatle boots, I'm gonna get an electric guitar. But they were very popular. They had the scene. I joined that scene and became a real working member of that community. You need to bring them. James and his band became good friends. Then we started making records and touring. Your first albums were blues-rooted stuff and straight-up blues.
What do remember most of making them? Well, the early albums were tough because it was about learning to make records, number one.
So I went to London, which was much more friendly. There, we were recognized as artists — swinging London, , at the Olympic Studios, where the Rolling Stones just worked. Glyn Johns was gonna record my stuff. I did my first four albums in London. How did they do in terms of helping you build a following? But FM… at the time, you could go to any town, call the local station and program it yourself for five hours after your concert. So, your transition from blues to rock was really about getting on the radio?
Right, I wanted to make singles. I wanted to have a hit record just like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles or anybody else. I wanted to be in the record business , because that was the way to bigger production and bigger shows. Speaking of bigger shows, the rock concert as traveling spectacle, so to speak, got its start in San Francisco, right? Right, we were developing a new way to do concerts. The stadium, the show with lights, the big PA — all of that stuff was developed in San Francisco.
People had never seen a PA like that or a light show like that. We were changing everything. Your first big hit single happened with the title song from The Joker. What was that like? Would you listen to my cassette? So I went to L. It was the first record I produced myself, with nobody telling me what to do. If you want to sell records, you have to do that. I was pretty much giving them the finger laughs! And by the time I got back, we had sold a million albums.
All of a sudden, I had the resources to take some time off. Which was good because I was exhausted. Even after your next album, Fly Like an Eagle, produced a couple of huge hit singles, you still had issues with the label… Right. Fly Like An Eagle was selling 40, copies a week and they wanted to stop advertising. Meanwhile, I played cities that year. It would press our credibility with radio. Our success was achieved in the face of that kind of incompetence. Were you obligated to X number of albums on the Capitol deal?
Number 5. Recall the Beginning A Journey from Eden. US : Platinum . Fly Like an Eagle. Book of Dreams A. Circle of Love A. Abracadabra A. Living in the 20th Century. Born 2 B Blue B. Let Your Hair Down A. Steve Miller Band Live! Austrian Singles Chart . Dutch Nationale Top . Dutch Top 40 . Irish Singles Chart . Norwegian Singles Chart . Swedish Singles Chart . Swiss Singles Chart .
UK Singles Chart . Europe European Hot .
Vanessa Paradis. Marcus Johnson. Steve Miller Band: On Tour Canterbury Tales: The Best of Caravan. They're none of that. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. So, fast as I could, I wanted to get the hell out of the nightclub business and get into the rock-and-roll concert business. Miller, could you listen to my cassette? Smooth Jazz Groovin' Moods.
En papegoja (live), SoundGratting - Riko (6) - Untitled (Vinyl), Manege Frei - Zeroid (2) - 2001 / 2002 (CD), The Interruptor - Madrugada / The Return Of The Sleng (Vinyl), Za Dom Part 1 - Slavko Nedić - Slike Iz Hrvatske (Cassette, Album)