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Steve Miller Band: 'Mercury Blues' - 1976
Reaganite Republican ^ | September 26, 2012 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 09/26/2012 12:04:18 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican


Been into Steve Miller ever since the very first time I heard 'The Joker' on my Philco made-in-Japan pocket transistor radio in Summer of '73... even if I was too young to understand exactly what he was singing about.

But it was 1976's Fly Like an Eagle that really put the Steve Miller Band on the map. Although lyrical themes range from redistribution to anarchy, Miller's slick, understated slide-guitar sound and hook-laden songwriting have rendered me a lifelong fan. Besides the eponymous single, two others came from this fine album- 'Rock n' Me' and 'Take the Money and Run'... as the LP itself went on to sell forever, now quadruple-Multi-Platinum-- and that's a lot or records.

Didja ever have a tune you just can never get sick of hearing as long as you live? Steve Miller's lesser-known cover of Blues legend K.C. Douglas' 'Mercury Blues' is just that sort for me... been listening to it since I was 15:

Steve Miller Band: Mercury Blues - 1976

Had my money
I tell you - what I'd do 
I would go downtown 
Buy me a Mercury or two 

Cause I'm crazy 'bout a Mercury 
Cruise up and down this road 
Up and down this road 
I'm goin' to buy me a Mercury 
And I'll cruise up and down this road 
Up and down this road 

You know that gal I love 
I stole her from a friend 
Fool got lucky stole her back again 
Because she knowed he had a Mercury 
Cruise up and down this road 
Up and down this road 
Well, she knowed he had a Mercury 
And she cruise up and down this road   

Hey now mama 
Where'd you stay last night 
Your hair's all down 
Your clothes don't fit you right 
Had my money 
I tell you what I'd do 
Go downtown and buy a Mercury or two 
Cause I'm crazy 'bout a Mercury 
And I'll cruise up and down this road 
Up and down this road 

I'm going to buy me a Mercury 
And I'll cruise up and down this road 
Up and down this road 

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Music/Entertainment; Poetry
KEYWORDS: blues; music; oldies; rock

1 posted on 09/26/2012 12:04:44 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: ken5050; sten

*** PING ***


2 posted on 09/26/2012 12:07:45 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

I’m probably a bit older than you. I discovered Steve Miller in 1969, my freshman year of college, with Brave New World. That was a huge album that year. Ben Sidran on piano. Nicky Hopkins played keyboard on It’s Your Saving Grace. Those 2 albums knocked me out; no sound quite like that.


3 posted on 09/26/2012 12:26:48 AM PDT by jobim (.)
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To: jobim

I still don’t know the early albums, I probably ought to check them out, eh


4 posted on 09/26/2012 12:38:38 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

I saw them in concert a couple of years ago. They still rock!


5 posted on 09/26/2012 12:47:40 AM PDT by kik5150
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To: Reaganite Republican

6 posted on 09/26/2012 1:44:25 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: kik5150

I was going to say the same. I’ve seen him in the last 5 years for sure, and probably 4-5 times over the last 25, and he’s still “got it” for sure.

In case anyone doesn’t know, Steve Miller is the godson of guitar legend Les Paul. There’s a great intro audio clip of a 5 year old Steve Miller with Les Paul here.

http://youtu.be/O6fK_Cg4AEk


7 posted on 09/26/2012 2:32:07 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Reaganite Republican
My band plays MB at just about every gig. Ours is more like the David Lindley version, though.
8 posted on 09/26/2012 2:44:06 AM PDT by KevinB (We'll stop treating Obama like a dog when he stops treating us like a fire hydrant - Fred Grandy)
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To: Reaganite Republican
Thanks, great piece of musical history.

Not to be confused with the 49 Mercury Blues
9 posted on 09/26/2012 3:36:39 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Tainan

My favorite Steve Miller song is “Space Cowboy”. I’ll bet you weren’t ready for that.


10 posted on 09/26/2012 3:45:29 AM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I have seen over 300 live shows, everyone, just about, from Aerosmith to ZZ Top. For one of my e-mail accounts, my username was Rocknroll Republican.

But I have never seen Steve Miller in concert.

I don’t attend as many shows as I used to, so now I try to see artists I missed the first time around.

Since I decided to view this thread, STEVE MILLER is someone I will now try to see.

Thanks for posting it.


11 posted on 09/26/2012 3:56:44 AM PDT by NEW YORKCITYGOPMAN ('he who creates something worthwhile never dies.'')
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To: flaglady47
Before he went to space, he rode around on a Jet Airliner
12 posted on 09/26/2012 4:25:27 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Reaganite Republican

My hubby and I are HUGE Steve Miller fans. Finally at age 60 got to see him in concert this summer. He sang nearly all of my favorites and was absolutely incredible. He’s still got it. I smiled so much my mouth hurt afterwards.


13 posted on 09/26/2012 4:27:31 AM PDT by MomwithHope (Buy and read Ameritopia by Mark Levin!)
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To: MomwithHope

Likewise, I was big fan of Steve Miller Band, ‘60s & 70s. This summer my college-age son texted me from a Steve Miller concert in Nashville, TN. We raved on together throughout the concert swapping texts and videos. Flying like eagles.


14 posted on 09/26/2012 4:41:28 AM PDT by Tugo (Romney & Ryan)
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To: jobim

Don’t forget a young guitarist/vocalist in his early bands was Boz Scaggs...


15 posted on 09/26/2012 4:42:36 AM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: Reaganite Republican

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MaGC43bzZ8

Wish I could find a live version of “Evil” out there...


16 posted on 09/26/2012 4:44:06 AM PDT by djf (Political Science: Conservatives = govern-ment. Liberals = givin-me-it.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I prefer the version by David Lindley and El Rayo-X!


17 posted on 09/26/2012 5:07:29 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Thank You For The Memories!


18 posted on 09/26/2012 5:51:56 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: NEW YORKCITYGOPMAN

I’ve only seen about a dozen live shows, but one of them was Steve Miller.

Pablo Cruise opened. Steve Miller second. Eagles third.

Awesome outdoor stadium concert in Bloomington, Minnesota.


19 posted on 09/26/2012 6:05:56 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Reaganite Republican

DJs who play Steve Miller on the radio should be convicted of crimes against humanity! Mindless pablum.


20 posted on 09/26/2012 6:18:25 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: kidd

“Pablo Cruise opened. Steve Miller second. Eagles third.”

Properly said, and I say this ONLY in good natured way,

“I saw the Eagles, live; the opening acts were Steve Miller and Pablo Cruise.”

:)


21 posted on 09/26/2012 12:10:38 PM PDT by NEW YORKCITYGOPMAN ('he who creates something worthwhile never dies.'')
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