Australian singles charts:
The Joker entered the Kent charts on 14 January 1974 and peaked at #8. The song was #50 on the Top 100 of 1974.
The song is on The Joker which entered the Kent album charts on 18 February 1974 and peaked at #38.
The first line of the lyrics is a reference to the song Space Cowboy from Miller’s Brave New World album. The following lines refer to two other songs: Gangster of Love from Sailor and Enter Maurice from Recall the Beginning…A Journey from Eden.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Joker_(Steve_Miller_Band_song)
The line in this song, “I speak of the pompatus of love,” has baffled listeners for some time. Greil Marcus provided the best explanation we’ve seen in a 2002 article for Los Angeles Magazine titled “In The Secret Country.” The word “Pompatus” does exist in the Oxford English Dictionary, and it means “to act with pomp and splendor.” Miller most likely heard the word on a song called The Letter, which was recorded by the Los Angeles doo-wop group The Medallions in 1954.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/steve-miller-band/the-joker
*Other accounts say that “Pompatus” is simply a nonce word.
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