Manfred Mann started with jazz in his native South Africa, switched to the blues in early 1960s Britain and eventually had a some international pop success, but come the 1970s, the spots were changing again. Now it was Manfred Mann’s Earth Band and things were getting expansive, progressive even, with Pluto the Dog a funky little number that included A. a sample from long before there was even a name for such things, and B. the kind of wigged out synth freakout that the free world has never had enough of, then or now.
“Nobody was paying much attention anymore to the Steve Miller Band in the 1980s, which means pretty much everyone missed the spaced out analog synthetic bliss of the second part (everything past the three minute point) of 1981’s side long Macho City. Because it’s true. One of the great failures of the Twentieth Century was that it didn’t give us nearly enough spaced out infinite groove music, particularly while Ronald Reagan was in office, and (perhaps not coincidentally) the marijuana just kept getting stronger and stronger.” (Philip Random)