Joker & the Thief

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"Joker & the Thief"
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Single by Wolfmother
from the album Wolfmother
B-side"Where Eagles Have Been" (Live) (7")
Released28 October 2006
Format
Recorded2005 at The Sound Factory
(Hollywood, California)
Genre
Length4:40
LabelModular
Songwriter(s)Wolfmother
Producer(s)Dave Sardy
Wolfmother singles chronology
"Love Train"
(2006)
"Joker & the Thief"
(2006)
"Back Round"
(2009)
Wolfmother track listing
13 tracks
Australian version
  1. "Colossal"
  2. "Woman"
  3. "White Unicorn"
  4. "Pyramid"
  5. "Mind's Eye"
  6. "Joker & the Thief"
  7. "Dimension"
  8. "Where Eagles Have Been"
  9. "Apple Tree"
  10. "Tales from the Forest of Gnomes"
  11. "Witchcraft"
  12. "Vagabond"
International version
  1. "Dimension"
  2. "White Unicorn"
  3. "Woman"
  4. "Where Eagles Have Been"
  5. "Apple Tree"
  6. "Joker & the Thief"
  7. "Colossal"
  8. "Mind's Eye"
  9. "Pyramid"
  10. "Witchcraft"
  11. "Tales"
  12. "Love Train"
  13. "Vagabond"
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".[3] The distinct guitar riff heard throughout the song has been compared to a section of the song "The Cry of Eugene" by the English Progressive Rock group The Nice, released in 1967.

In popular culture[edit]

"Joker & the Thief" has been featured in several films, video games and TV shows including The Hangover, Shoot 'Em Up, NHL 14, Rock Revolution,[4] Jackass Number Two, Karaoke Revolution Presents American Idol Encore 2, Here Comes the Boom, MLB 07: The Show, Need for Speed: Carbon,[5] Shrek the Third, Lego DC Super-Villains and Preacher. It is also available as downloadable content for the music video game series Rock Band.

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)

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[6] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 64
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[8] 31
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[9] 27

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Releases". Wolfmother. Archived from the original on 26 September 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2008. Note: User must manually select navigation menu option '6'.
  2. ^ "Justin Timberlake + Pink Dominate Noms For 2007 MTV Video Music Awards". Sony BMG. 1 March 2007. Archived from the original on 14 August 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2008.
  3. ^ Andrew Stockdale, "Ultimate-Guitar Interview," Ultimate-Guitar.com (2006-07-07).
  4. ^ Grace Chen, "PlayStation Store Update," PlayStation.Blog (26 March)
  5. ^ "Need For Speed Carbon Soundtrack Burns Rubber". IGN. 19 September 2006. Retrieved 28 September 2008. Need for Speed Payback
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Wolfmother – Joker & the Thief". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  7. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/16899/wolfmother/
  8. ^ "Wolfmother Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Wolfmother Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 29 June 2015.