Stuck in the Middle With You peaked at no 12 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 21 July 1973.
‘Stuck in the Middle with You’ was written by Scottish musicians Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan and originally performed by their band Stealers Wheel.
Rafferty provided the lead vocals, with Egan singing harmony. Rafferty’s lyrics are a dismissive tale of a music industry cocktail party written and performed as a parody of Bob Dylan’s paranoia (the vocal impression, subject, and styling were so similar, listeners have wrongly attributed the song to Dylan since its release).
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuck_in_the_Middle_with_You
In his obituary of Rafferty for the 5 January 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.”
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/stealers-wheel/stuck-in-the-middle-with-you
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