Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

Miles Dials

I thought you didn’t want to be part of this.

“I got more shit to say. Shut the fuck up.”

That’s a very fancy phone.

“I’m a fancy motherfucker. You know I once stabbed Symphony Sid?”

I didn’t.

“White motherfucker can’t play a note. Comes out and says his bullshit, and he’s getting a grand a  night. This is ’52, so that ain’t bullshit. Band gets $250 between us. This motherfucker got his radio show from Birdland so all the white people know who he is. We’re the ones playing the music. Not right.”

So you stabbed him?

“As little as possible.”

Kind of you.

“People want to get cute with money. Lost track of the motherfuckers thinking my money is their money.  I been broke, but I never stole nothing like people steal from me.”

You were broke?

“Shit. First couple years in New York. Didn’t have a dollar to my name. Clothes looking ragged, and I’m a vain motherfucker. Always have been. Looked so bad that Duke gave me a couple hundred bucks in front of Birdland one night.”

Was this when you were a junkie?

“Didn’t say there wasn’t no reason I was broke.”


“I got through it. Kicked the junk a couple times. Women would give me money. Kept playing my horn, just playing music.”

Wait. What about the women?

“Women would give me money.”


“They liked me, motherfucker.”

And what if they didn’t give you money?

“That’s between me and them.”

You’re talking about being a pimp, Miles.


You’re talking about being a pimp, Mr. Davis.

“White man’s got all sorts of words for all sorts of bullshit. Bitch want to give me money, I ain’t stopping her.”

The pimp thing does explain the phone, though.

“Phone cost six grand.”

My phone has a teevee and encyclopedia in it.


Yeah, okay, yours is cooler!

“I know.”


  1. Miles’ attitude toward Steve Miller is something I wholeheartedly agree with.

    • Thoughts On The Dead

      September 18, 2017 at 1:38 am

      I enjoy the more popular of Steve Miller’s stuff, but he hadn’t written any of that when he played with Miles. I can understand why he’d be pissed.

      • “…I’m pissed because I got to open for this non-playing motherfucker just because he had one or two sorry-ass records out. So I would come late and he would have to go on first and then when we got there, we smoked the motherfucking place, and everybody dug it.”

        I can also appreciate Miles’ feelings regarding Miller (or any ofay motherfucker) trying to play electric blues as the headliner on his bill.

  2. I thought by the title that Miles was gonna check in with Maggie Haberman.

    I love the post as it is, yet I am remain conflicted as to wether I am disappointed or relieved that Maggie H was not in the mix.

  3. Luther Von Baconson

    September 18, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    i got it! Cicely sent you Miles’ old Commodore 64 with Daisy Dot matrix printer.

  4. Saw Steve miller in Vegas 92 with the dead, laughed when I heard Healy was fired for turning down stings set on the sound system, it was plainly obvious he turned it down for Millers set the year before as well, I thought it was for safety so people wouldn’t dance as much for the Miller set, it was very hot.
    Read a good interview somewhere on the interweb with Healy right before the sting Vegas shows where it notes ( sting usually travels with his own sound system but is using the dreads system for this show.
    Oh and yeah, a nice interview regarding can r.i.p. Holger clumsy

  5. I’m all for more Miles. A visit to his childhood home would be great.

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