The Joker
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 19, 1973
StudioCapitol (Hollywood)
GenreRock, blues
ProducerSteve Miller
Steve Miller Band chronology
Recall the Beginning...A Journey from Eden
The Joker
Fly Like an Eagle
Singles from The Joker
  1. "The Joker"
    Released: October 1973
  2. "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash"
    Released: 11 February 1974 (US) [1]

The Joker is the eighth studio album by Steve Miller Band. The album was recorded at Capitol Studios[2] and released by Capitol Records in October 1973. The album marked a period of significant change for the group as the band abandoned their psychedelic-oriented music for a more melodic, smooth rock/blues sound. Perhaps not coincidentally, it was also their first solid commercial success due to the strong radio-play of the title track. The title track took 19 days to record. The album reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified Platinum in the United States. It reached No. 1 on the Cash Box Albums Charts on January 8, 1974.[3]

The artwork of the album is also considered amongst the greatest; for example Rolling Stone would later rank it as one of the "Top 100 Album Covers Of All Time".[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideB–[6]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[7]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic rated The Joker three out of five stars, calling it "all bright and fun, occasionally truly silly". He also stated that it "isn't mind-expanding", but concluded by saying that it "nevertheless maintains its good-time vibe so well that it's hard not to smile along...provided you're on the same wavelength as Miller, of course."[5]

Track listing

Side 1
1."Sugar Babe"Steve Miller4:35
2."Mary Lou"Obie Jessie, Sam Ling2:24
3."Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma"Steve Miller5:41
4."Your Cash Ain't Nothin' but Trash"Chuck Calhoun3:21
Side 2
1."The Joker"Steve Miller, Eddie Curtis, Ahmet Ertegun4:26
2."The Lovin' Cup"Steve Miller2:10
3."Come On in My Kitchen" (Live at the Tower Theater, Philadelphia)Robert Johnson4:06
4."Evil (Live at the Aquarius Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts)"Steve Miller4:35
5."Something to Believe In"Steve Miller4:41


Additional personnel


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[8] 5× Platinum 5,000,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ "Steve Miller singles".
  2. ^ Nichols, Paul (26 December 2014). "The Joker". PRS for Music. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Top albums from Tuesday January 8, 1974". Retrieved 2020-02-01.
  4. ^ "Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Album Covers". Rolling Stone. November 14, 1991. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "The Joker - Steve Miller Band". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: M". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 8, 2019 – via
  7. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  8. ^ "American single certifications – Steve Miller Band – The Joker". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 17, 2022.