I’m pretty sure I’ve posted boring pimpages of Scott Miller here before. Scott isn’t the Scott who fronted the V-Roys in the day, nor is he the Scott Miller who does 3d gaming.
He’s “Our Scott”, as fans of his bands Game Theory and The Loud Family refer to him. He’s a fascinating fellow; his degree and job are all about computer science (he’s a programmer in the Bay Area for his “day job”). His interests and knowledge though run encyclopedic on TS Eliot, James Joyce, and popular musics of all genres from the middle of the last century onwards. He’s also a wonderful human, self-deprecating, witty, humble, and talented as all hell.
Anyhow, Scott’s in sort of semi-retirement now from music, but he’s started writing a music bloggish thing called “Music–What Happened” at the site for his last band, The Loud Family. The idea is pretty simple: pick any of 50 years from 1957 to 2006, and Scott applies his massive knowledge of pop music to give you his picks for the 20 best songs of that year, and also a lot of great stuff about why. There’s a ton of music theory going on there, along with just a lot of great rock/jazz/pop ephemera and trivia which I find fascinating. That he arranges his selections as if they were a mixtape from that year is just icing on the cake.
Here’s him discussing “Ruby Tuesday”, which appears in the 1966 year:
“Ruby Tuesday” - The Rolling Stones
Even when they seem for all appearances to be attempting a minuet, they sound like louts. The Rolling Stones are practically unique in their ability to be utterly appealing in that kind of situation. “Ruby Tuesday” is so gorgeous its status has never threatened to dip below classic, but it’s in a category of mid-sixties material like “Back Street Girl” or “2000 Man” that was once taken for lack of focus, but now reads as unexpected consistency of quality across a curious range of styles and moods.