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Steve Miller Band, The

Entry updated 20 December 2011. Tagged: Music.

US rock group formed by Steve Miller (1947-    ), whose first album Children of the Future (1968) strung a varied portfolio of blues and psychedelic songs along a vaguely future-oriented sf conceit. "Brave New World" (on Brave New World, 1969) is not a version of Aldous Huxley's novel, and indeed develops an unironized Utopian vision. "Space Cowboy" from the same album saw Miller develop a sf performance persona ("I was born on this rock / And I've been travelin' through space") to which he would return, for instance in his most famous song "The Joker" (on The Joker, 1973). The band's many releases in the 1970s and 1980s diverted into a more mainstream, blues-rock track, almost wholly without genre interest; although "Italian X Rays" (on the 1984 album of the same name) praises a sexy Cyborg woman. [AR]


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