Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by nodepression, Oct 14, 2012.
Just what exactly is the pompatus of love ?
it comes from this record (go to 1:26)
It's a word that Steve Miller made up because he couldn't come up with any. The same way he copped other peoples' licks and changed them slightly.
There's an old R&B song from the 50s that had this line in it:
the puppetutes of love Edit: I was slow typing ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
There are few people who don't "borrow" from other influences.
"One song was "The Letter," Green's attempt to conjure up his dream woman. The mystery words, J.K. ascertained after talking with Green, were "puppetutes" and "pizmotality." (Green wasn't much for writing things down, so the spellings are approximate.)
"Pizmotality described words of such secrecy that they could only be spoken to the one you loved," Green told Cryer. And puppetutes? "A term I coined to mean a secret paper-doll fantasy figure [thus puppet], who would be my everything and bear my children." Not real PC, but look, it was 1954."
Interesting stuff. I was thinking it was connected to the word "pompous".
Miller loved old blues and listened to a lot of obscure stuff. Not at all surprising he recycled, as of course did a long line of Brits and Yanks slinging guitars in the 60's and 70's.
THe key to understanding it is to know what "wrapped up like a deuce" means
Revved up like a deuce (Car)
I believe it is pronounced "douche" and it is in the bathroom on the right.
As with any other inexplicable rock lyrics, unless there's several really good reasons why it can't be, then it's probably a reference to the singer's dick.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who never knew what the word was.
"unless there's several really good reasons why it can't be, then it's probably a reference to the singer's dick."
Does that explain "Great googley-moogley"?
Rock lyrics 101.
All incomprehensible rock lyrics are references to the singer's penis, or to an activity in which it has been, or might be employed, either in reality or in some imagined scenario. For female singers, substitute either the lady's front bottom, or the penis of a real or imagined male to which the lyric is addressed.
The only exceptions are those where the most basic rules of syntax, grammar or logic make such an interpretation impossible.
In all likelihood, yes.
Not sure how to take this...seems like a dig at Miller at first, but then mentioning "few people who don't borrow"...
Still, honestly.. Miller had some derivitive things, but songs like "The Joker" and "Abracadabra" (if that was the name) as well as the arrangements and solos, etc. in my opinion are excellent, original, the lyrics work, extremely singable, sound good...
I'd agree, I can remember being really dissapointed around "Fly like an Eagle" (so trite, and I recall thinking is sounded way too much like a few other songs already out) and a number of other ones. Also Miller was a pretty offensive, cocky guy (saw him on "Chip Munks" interview show, back in the 70's where he was total no-class...bringing a six-pack in and bragging how he was the ONLY one that could play blues, and he learned from...etc. and then outragously hitting on Bonnie Raitt "you want a beer" "no, thank you" "COME ONNN,baby, take a beer" etc.) BUT...
Some of his music was pretty original, really well done, and still being played quite a bit 40 some years later.
The first time I ever heard a mention of the word groovy was in a talking children record by Steve Allen. He says groovy like it was a word in his vocabulary, naturally.1953
Yep, only one minor correction, I think a deuce is a motorcycle (2 cylinder engine).
H-m-m-m... or, a "duece" could be a hot-rodded 1932 Ford coupe (kind of like the one that "got rubber in all four gears" that The Beach Boys sang about...)
Ah, good point. Well I will retract my statement then.
"pompatus deuce" would make a good band name.
I always thought Maurice spoke with the prophetess of love. I couldn't figure why they didn't just call him Steve.
But then again, her name was MaGill and she called herself Lill but everyone knew her as Nancy.