Thursday, January 1, 2009

Stuck in the Middle With You: A Tribute to Stealers Wheel

Stealers Wheel Debut AlbumImage via Wikipedia

Stealers Wheel by Peter Gitundu

Wheels depict a never-ending cycle of events, and the band that calls itself Stealers Wheel most probably had this notion in mind. Nobody wants to start off a project that will die in a short while, and maybe this is what propelled the founders of this band to go by this name. It was formed in 1972 by a group of former school friends Joe Egan and Gerry Rafferty. Their first worldwide hit was 'Stuck in the Middle with You.' In 1973 it was rated number 6 in the USA and 8 in the UK.

As we all know, not all collaborations do well. The two founders, Rafferty and Egan could not agree on the way forward and this led to the delay in the release of their third album. All the same, this far they had something to show for because they had gained world recognition through their two single hits, 'Everything Will Turn out Right' and "Star'. They made it to the top 30s of both the UK and USA charts.

By 1973, Stealers Wheel had made a twist and turn of events. This is because, former Spooky Tooth member Luther Grosvenor, the recorder of "Everything Will Turn Out Fine", replaced Rafferty who left the band for some time. William was left alone after some of the other members with whom they had made a partnership left, but five years down the line he teamed up with the old friends.

In 1975 the band officially broke up, and the single they were working on around this time never got enough support. It was called 'Right or Wrong'. It disappeared without a trace. In 2005, British independent label Lemon Recordings re-released the singles with a new sound and style.

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