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[[caption-width-right:338:Steve Miller, seen here without his band]]

-->''Some people call me the space cowboy, yeah''
-->''Some call me the gangster of love''
-->''Some people call me Maurice''
-->''Cause I speak of the pompatus of love''
-->Steve Miller Band, "The Joker"

The Steve Miller Band is a rock band from UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco that has been active since [[LongRunner 1967]], led by eponymous guitarist, singer and songwriter Steve Miller. Of course there are other members, but the band's had such a HighTurnoverRate in this area that listing them all would turn this page into a {{Doorstopper}}. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Miller_Band Check The Other Wiki instead]].

Their initial career was marked by a fusion of PsychedelicRock with BluesRock, which contained heavy jamming, improvisation and occasional bits of other genres like CountryMusic and FolkMusic. This style, as showcased on every album between ''Children of the Future'' and ''Recall the Beginning'', proved reasonably popular and well-received, with a couple of hits in songs like "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELcTJZLxhFU Space Cowboy]]" and "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyV41-tFPcQ Living in the USA]]", decent chart placements, and positive reviews. Starting with ''The Joker'', Miller toned down the jamming and made his brand of space blues more accessible, with the result being a string of five albums that made the band really, really popular and spawned some famous hits like "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmVusVh4TRQ The Joker]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ql0XOw_YDI Swingtown]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwJGN-T4kaM Fly Like an Eagle]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WCFUGCOLLU Take the Money and Run]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUHtJJ1Fgjs Rock'n Me]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuMi0rO2E-s Jet Airliner]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKHcxzHRtkU Jungle Love]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QyoRzZrF00 Abracadabra]]". The band's popularity entered a downward slide they never recovered from after ''Abracadabra'', and they eventually retired from making albums after 1993, but they still tour every now and then.

They finally emerged from their hiatus in 2010 with a new CoverAlbum, ''Bingo!''.

Discography:
* ''Children of the Future'' (1968)
* ''Sailor'' (1968)
* ''Brave New World'' (1969)
* ''Your Saving Grace'' (1969)
* ''Number 5'' (1970)
* ''Recall the Beginning...A Journey From Eden'' (1972)
* ''The Joker'' (1973)
* ''Fly Like an Eagle'' (1976)
* ''Book of Dreams'' (1977)
* ''Circle of Love'' (1981)
* ''Abracadabra'' (1982)
* ''Italian X-Rays'' (1984)
* ''Living in the 20th Century'' (1986)
* ''Born [=2B=] Blue'' (1988) (a Steve Miller solo album made up entirely of [[CoverAlbum covers]])
* ''Wide River'' (1993)
* ''Bingo!'' (2010) (another CoverAlbum of blues standards)
* ''Let Your Hair Down'' (2011)

!The Steve Miller Band provide examples of the following tropes:
* ContinuityNod: The opening lines of "The Joker", quoted atop the page, contain references to the earlier songs "Space Cowboy", "Gangster of Love", and "Enter Maurice".
** "Space Cowboy" itself references "Gangster of Love" as well as "Living in the U.S.A."
** The opening riff of "Fly Like an Eagle" is borrowed from "My Dark Hour".
* CoverVersion: "Key to the Highway" by Big Bill Broonzy, "Gangster of Love" by Johnny Watson, "You're So Fine" by Jimmy Reed, "Motherless Children" (a traditional song), "Your Cash Ain't Nothing But Trash" by Chuck Calhoun, "Come on in My Kitchen" by Woody Payne, "Mercury Blues" by K.C. Douglas, "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke, "Jet Airliner" by Paul Pena, "Get on Home" (another traditional song), "I Wanna Be Loved (But Only By You)" by Jimmy Reed, "My Babe" by Willie Dixon, the entire ''Born 2 B Blue'' album, "Stranger Blues" by Elmore James.
* EpicRocking: "Key to the Highway", "Baby's House", "Jackson-Kent Blues", "Love Shock", "Deliverance", "Journey from Eden", "Circle of Love", "Macho City".
* GenreBusting[=/=]NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Blues, folk- and country-influenced rock with psychedelic production, ProgressiveRock-like jamming, up-to-date synth starting in TheSeventies and Music/NewWave-influenced production in TheEighties, and that's just in general.
* GenreRoulette: Their albums tended towards this. For example, ''Fly Like an Eagle'' includes: two synth-based [[EpicInstrumentalOpener instrumental intros]], the mellow title track, BluesRock with "Mercury Blues", HardRock with "Rock'n Me" and "Take the Money and Run", the psychedelic, sitar-employing "Wild Mountain Honey", the {{Country Music}} "Dance, Dance, Dance", the {{Disco}} beat of "Serenade", the {{Soul}} cover "You Send Me" and the FolkRock with synths "The Window".
* LeastRhymableWord: In "Take the Money and Run":
-->Billy Mack is a detective down in Texas\\
You know he knows just exactly what the facts is\\
He ain't gonna let those two escape justice\\
He makes his livin' off of the people's taxes
* ListingCities: "Rock'n Me"
* NewSoundAlbum: ''The Joker''.
* OutlawCouple: "Take the Money and Run"
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: What the hell's a "pompatus" anyway?
* RedHerringTwist: Billy Mack, the detective from "Take the Money and Run," is introduced, but never brings the bandits Billy Joe and Bobbie Sue to justice (or does anything, for that matter).
* RefrainFromAssuming: "The Joker", "Space Cowboy", and "Gangster of Love" are all distinct songs. This can make Website/YouTube searches for one or the other very annoying.
* ShoutOut: The lines "You're the cutest thing that I ever did see/Really love your peaches, wanna shake your tree/Lovey dovey, lovey dovey all the time" from "The Joker" are quotes from the song "Lovey Dovey" by The Clovers.
* SomethingBlues: "Jackson-Kent Blues", "Mercury Blues", "Stranger Blues"
* SongOfSongTitles: "The Joker"
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Boz Scaggs, who was Miller's co-guitarist before leaving for a solo career, contributes lead vocals to several songs on their first two albums.
* TrrrillingRrrs: "Some people call me Maurrrice."
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