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' "Smooth," but the music of The Steve Miller Band is pretty much all over your life, to the point where you've probably become accustomed to him Rock'n You, baby. While we've been known to get down at some SMBBBQs (that's Steve Miller Band Barbecues for those of you who've never been called Maurice) being aware of how much of Mr. Millers' Wild Ride that we're taking in does bring up a few questions I really think we need to address about their music. While their current tour is bringing them nowhere near us so we probably won't be getting a sit-down tell-all interview with them before Labor Day, we'd like to throw into the public consciousness a few questions we have for The Steve Miller Band.
1) Where Exactly in Northern California are the Girls Warmer?
With The Steve Miller Band being formed in San Francisco, one would assume the line in "Rock'n Me" referring to "Northern California where the girls are warmer" would be in reference to San Francisco, right? After all, San Francisco is distinctly north of that city that Randy Newman loves as well as north of that city where the guy from Kony2012 got caught jackin' it in public, so wouldn't that be the City of Saint Francisco? Evidently not as when I was out there last February, the girls of San Francisco I brought up the song too said "hey, that's not a reference to us, this isn't Northern California." I asked "then where?" but then I got distracted trying to track down the flower shop from The Room. Regardless, could it be Sacramento where the girls are warmer? Or perhaps even the Northern-most tip of California?
2) After seeing the latest Suicide Squad footage from Comic-Con, is it possible Jared Leto is actually playing Steve Miller's "Joker?"
Now, we dont know much about Jared Leto's Joker. We know he's got tattoos, plays up the humor obsession of the character and he's not Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger or Mark Hamill. That said, maybe we've been looking at this Joker all wrong. Maybe the Suicide Squad's antagonist is actually The Joker from Steve Miller Band's "The Joker?" While nobody in the trailer calls him the Space Cowboy, and he hasn't shown an affection for your peaches, or a desire to shake your tree for that matter, the DC cinematic universe may be setting the stage for a Steve Miller biopic.
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 a 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 when The 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 eskimo cousins with Bushwick Bill?
5) Why Let Run-DMC Remake "Take the Money and Run?"
Look, we at the Weekly 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.