“Stuck In The Middle With You” – Stealers Wheel
Stealers Wheel are a Scottish folk rock/rock band formed in Paisley, Renfrewshire in 1972 by former school friends Joe Egan and Gerry Rafferty. The band was considered to be very similar in sound to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. They were initially joined by Roger Brown, Rab Noakes and Ian Campbell in 1972. However, that line-up only lasted a few months and by the time the band were signed to A&M Records later that same year, Brown, Noakes and Campbell had been replaced by Paul Pilnick, Tony Williams and Rod Coombes.
With this line up the band produced Stealers Wheel which included their hit single “Stuck In The Middle With You,” which sold over a million records and drove the band into the public eye. However, after being unable to produce many more hits the band faded into obscurity.
Director Quentin Tarantino brought about a small revival of the bands popularity when he used “Stuck In The Middle With You,” in his movie Reservoir Dogs, which is actually where I heard the song. However, I prefer to think of this song as the perfect song to begin a roadtrip with. It conjures a curious sense of adventure in me, with its’ free floating bass line and funky vocals I feel like things can only get better if this is in my head. Here’s to hoping!