Within Rock music, the need for creation is the main motivating force.
Hmmm… Maybe the glory, the quick – easy sex, but above all the money.
It is common secret in the Rock ‘n’ Roll scene that the real motivation although ‘worthless’ is the need for… Fun.
Yet almost all bands that became famous and made money, first had fanatical fans loyal to the supposed purity of Rock music.
The turning point for more money and global recognition is usually a song!
The band then loses a large portion of its fans but gets a lot more.
Steve Miller Band’s “Abracadabra” belongs to such a category.
His own creation is in the twelfth song, on the title song album, released in 1982.
With the advent of MTV, many Rock bands in the early 1980s made a commercial turn.
Like the Steve Miller Band …
They decided to accompany their later commercial song with their first music video.
The quality of the time period that was filmed, it’s out of criticism
The title of the song is an invocation: “Found in many languages worldwide.
It has been recorded since antiquity as a spell and may have Jewish, Arabic, or Persian roots.
It is first mentioned in Liber medicinalis in 200 BC”, also known as De Medicina Praecepta Saluberrima of Quintus Serenus Sammonicus.
Here, however, the word has no magical suspicion …
Maybe some light sexual hints, which are not capable of scandalizing even the people in charge of the music channel.
The creation of the lyrical part lasted only a quarter of an hour.
The song was inspired by Diana Ross and the Supremes, with whom Steve Miller had played together on the NBC show “Hullabaloo” sometime in 1966.
The creator himself explains in an interview that he was skiing in Sun Valley when he came up with the idea for the lyrics.
He saw a top that looked like Diana Ross, came down to have lunch… And before the steaks were cooked, the lyric part was ready.
Of course, he doesn’t mention in detail what it was that reminded him of Ross, looking at the mountain…
But between us, we probably know!