“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. 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.
The video portrays the band performing in a corner of large, empty building. Their performance is intercut with shots of Joe Egan (who is miming to the by then-departed Gerry Rafferty’s vocal track) at a banquet table with a number of garishly dressed and made-up supper guests, including an actual clown, who continually squeeze him out whenever he tries to take food from the table. Eventually the other band members appear, driving off the strange characters so that Egan can sit down at last.