Stuck in the Middle with You
|"Stuck in the Middle with You"|
|Single by Stealers Wheel|
|from the album Stealers Wheel|
|Recorded||Apple Studio, London.|
|Genre||Folk rock, country rock|
|Writer(s)||Gerry Rafferty, Joe Egan|
|Producer||Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller|
"Stuck in the Middle with You" (sometimes known as "Stuck in the Middle") is a song written by Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan and originally performed by their band Stealers Wheel. The song was inspired by a real occasion when the record company and producers were conducting business across Rafferty and Egan at a restaurant table.
"Stuck in the Middle" was released on Stealers Wheel's 1972 self-titled debut album. Gerry Rafferty provided the lead vocals, with Joe Egan singing harmony. The song was conceived initially by the band members as a parody of Bob Dylan's distinctive lyrical style and paranoia and also is very similar to style of The Beatles. The band was surprised by the single's chart success. The single sold over one million copies, eventually peaking in 1973 at #6 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and #8 in the UK Singles Chart. It was produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
In 1992, "Stuck In the Middle With You" was used in Quentin Tarantino's debut film Reservoir Dogs. The song was described as a "Dylanesque, pop, bubble-gum favorite" in the K-Billy's Super Sounds of the Seventies voice-over by Steven Wright. The song was played during the ear-cutting scene in which Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) taunts and tortures a bound police officer while singing and dancing to the song.
In 2000, the song was used in the American sitcom Malcolm In the Middle, in the first season's episode "Funeral"; in which Hal (Bryan Cranston) plays the song loudly on an old record, oblivious to the chaos unfolding around him in the house.
The song is played during a shootout scene in the second episode of the FOX TV series The Finder.
The Bob's Burgers episode "Moody Foodie", which features a scene parodying Reservoir Dogs, used "Stuck in the Middle With You" as its ending theme.
Country-pop singer Juice Newton remade the song on her 1985 album Old Flame. Jeff Healey recorded a cover version of "Stuck in the Middle With You" in 1995 for his album Cover to Cover. Bangles member Susanna Hoffs covered the song on her eponymous 1996 release.
Michael Bublé also covered it with an upbeat brass arrangement.
Keith Urban did a country-flavored version with his short-lived The Ranch, which was omitted from their contemporaneous late 1990s release but included by the label as a bonus track on the disc's 2004 reissue.
It was also covered by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
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