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One Hit Wonders - STEALERS WHEEL (1973) (Edited 11/04/13 01:35PM by )
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"Stuck in the Middle with You" by Stealers Wheel - 


Also known simply as "Stuck In The Middle", this Stealers Wheel classic was co-written by the group's guitarist Gerry Rafferty and keyboard player Joe Egan.
 
In his obituary of Rafferty for the January 5, 2011 issue of the Daily Telegraph, Martin Chilton said of this song that it was "Written as a parody of Bob Dylan’s paranoia, it ridiculed a music industry cocktail party, with the lyrics:
'Clowns to the left of me,
jokers to the right,
here I am, stuck in the middle with you.'
 
To Rafferty's utter disbelief his parody, composed as little more than a joke but with a catchy pop arrangement, struck gold, selling more than a million copies. The song reached a new generation of listeners when Quentin Tarantino used it in the notorious ear-slicing scene in his 1992 movie Reservoir Dogs."
 
Commenting to the BBC shortly after Rafferty's death, music industry pundit Paul Gambaccini echoed Chilton's sentiments about the song. (thanks, Alexander Baron - London, England)
 
This was the group's first album. After two more albums, Rafferty went on to a solo career and had a hit with "Baker Street." He was replaced by Luther Grosvenor from the band Spooky Tooth.x
 
This played a big part in Quentin Tarantino's 1992 movie Reservoir Dogs, where a sadistic character played by Michael Madsen tunes in a radio station that begins playing this song, then proceeds to mutilate a police officer he is holding hostage. Tarantino recalled to Rolling Stone his use of this song: "That was one of those things where I thought [the song] would work really well, and [during] auditions, I told the actors that I wanted them to do the torture scene, and I'm gonna use 'Stuck in the Middle With You,' but they could pick anything they wanted, they didn't have to use that song. And a couple people picked another one, but almost everyone came in with 'Stuck in the Middle With You,' and they were saying that they tried to come up with something else, but that's the one. The first time somebody actually did the torture scene to that song, the guy didn't even have a great audition, but it was like watching the movie. I was thinking, 'Oh my God, this is gonna be awesome!'"
 
This was produced by the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. They wrote many hit songs, including "Hound Dog" and "On Broadway."
 
In 2001 former Eternal singer Louise had a #4 hit in the UK with her cover version.

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=3769

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1973



1  Tony Orlando and Dawn Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree
2  Jim Croce Bad Bad Leroy Brown
3  Roberta Flack Killing Me Softly With His Song
4  Marvin Gaye Let's Get It On
5  Paul McCartney and Wings My Love
6  Kris Kristofferson Why Me
7  Elton John Crocodile Rock
8  Billy Preston Will It Go Round In Circles
9  Carly Simon You're So Vain
10  Diana Ross Touch Me In The Morning
     
30  Stealers Wheel Stuck In The Middle With You
| Closed on 12/04/13 at 05:00PM
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7 Fans 
29%a. 10 (Great song)
57%b. 7-9 (I like that song)
14%c. 5-6 (Song is ok)
0%d. Who? What? Huh?
0%e. DAMN HIPPIES!

  
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#1 | 267 days ago
Nick__ (+)

Wooooah!   The drugs, back in the late 60's and early 70's, must have been preeeeeee-ty damn strong!  surprise  cool
7-9 (I like that song)  
#2 | 267 days ago

1. That pic pretty much looks like my dad & my mom's brothers at some BBQ when I was in grade school.

2. This is the first thing I always think of:

7-9 (I like that song)  
#3 | 266 days ago

Whoa……another Wayback when group! 'Stuck in the Middle' went to #6, April 1973…… I remember listening to the song riding in my dad's 'new'Mercury Station Wagon w/side panelling and humungous back back room!  1973 whew,my head is spinning!
Also I remember some underwear company used 'Stuck in the Middle' for their commercial. Honest! surprise
10 (Great song)  
#4 | 266 days ago

I always liked this song…don't really like the video
and really not so much the visual I'm getting from ^^^ Larry's last comment  ….         surprise
7-9 (I like that song)  

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