Joker & the Thief

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"Joker & the Thief"
Single by Wolfmother
from the album Wolfmother
B-side "Where Eagles Have Been" (Live) (7")
Released 28 October 2006
Recorded 2005 at The Sound Factory
(Hollywood, California)
Length 4:40
Label Modular
Writer(s) Wolfmother
Producer(s) Dave Sardy
Wolfmother singles chronology
"Love Train"
"Joker & the Thief"
"Back Round"
Wolfmother track listing
Music video
"Joker & the Thief" on Vimeo

"Joker & the Thief" is a song by Australian rock band Wolfmother. The song serves as the sixth track and sixth single from the band's eponymous debut studio album. It was released in Australia on 28 October 2006 and in the United Kingdom on 20 November 2006.[1] The music video for the song was nominated for the "Best Rock Video" and "Video of the Year" awards at the 2007 MTV Australia Awards.[2] The titular "joker" and "thief" are a reference to the lyrics of "All Along the Watchtower".

Usage in media[edit]

"Joker & the Thief" is featured in such movies as Jackass Number Two,[3] Shoot 'Em Up,[4] Shrek the Third,[5] The Hangover,[6] Here Comes the Boom[7] and video games Need for Speed: Carbon,[8]NHL 14 and MLB 07: The Show, as well as Mitsubishi and Peugeot commercials.[citation needed] It is also available as downloadable content for the music video game series Rock Band, and is playable on music video games Karaoke Revolution Presents American Idol Encore 2 and Rock Revolution.[9] It has also recently been used in a promotion for Microsoft's Kinect for the Xbox 360. It also features in the TV show Misfits in the first episode of series 4. The song is played at Rogers Arena during Vancouver Canucks games and at Madison Square Garden during New York Rangers games when the home team goes on a power play. The Rangers also used the song at times between 2007-2009 as they made their way to the ice. The song was also used when the Chicago Blackhawks use their timeout. The Queen's University Gaels have played the song at their football games prior to each kickoff and overtime period. It was also used as the entrance music as the players entered the ice for the 2011 NHL All Star Game played at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, The song is also used by Scottish Ice Hockey team The Braehead Clan as the players enter the ice. The song was also utilized in the entrance video for the West Virginia University Mountaineers Football team during the 2011 season. Wolfmother also performed it as their last song as the support act for Australian rock band AC/DC on their 2010 Australian tour Black Ice (album)

The song is played during kick off at Brighton and Hove Albion home matches.

The song is played also for the introduction of the Phoenix Suns during the 2013-14 season.

In Major League Baseball, it has been used as the lineup introduction song by the Cincinnati Reds since the 2012 season.

This song is also played for the USHL's Indiana Ice hockey team during warmups.

Track listings[edit]

All songs are credited to Wolfmother.

Australian CD single

  1. "Joker & the Thief"
  2. "Joker & the Thief" (Loving Hand Remix)
  3. "Vagabond" (Acoustic Version)
  4. "Where Eagles Have Been" (Live at Lollapalooza)

UK CD single

  1. "Joker & the Thief"
  2. "Joker & the Thief" (Loving Hand Remix)
  3. "Where Eagles Have Been" (Live at Lollapalooza)

UK DVD single

  1. "Joker & the Thief" (Audio)
  2. "Joker & the Thief" (Video)
  3. "Dimension" (Live at The Scala)
  4. "Jackass Number Two Trailer"

UK 7" vinyl

  1. "Joker & the Thief"
  2. "Where Eagles Have Been" (Live at Lollapalooza)


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[10] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 64
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[12] 31
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[13] 27