Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right

Stuck in the Middle With You, Stealers Wheel

Song: Stuck in the Middle With You (1972) Artist: Stealers Wheel Album: Stealers Wheel (A&M) You may know the song Stuck in the Middle with You from the ear-slicing scene in Reservoir Dogs (1993). It was the only big hit by the Scottish folk-rock band Stealers Wheel, in 1973, appearing on their self-titled album Stealers Wheel, climbing … Read more

Pompatus Of Love: What Does It Mean?

Steve Miller Band 1969

Song: The Joker (1973) Artist: Steve Miller Band Album: The Joker (Capitol) It is one of those musical ironies that so many people wonder about the lyrics to Steve Miller’s song, The Joker, “the pompatus of love.” The song is catchy and it is one of those classic rock songs you can’t help but sing along … Read more

25 or 6 to 4 Meaning: Time of Day or Drugs?

Chicago 25 or 6 to 4

Song: 25 or 6 to 4 (1970) Artist: Chicago Album: Chicago II (Columbia) The Tommy Tutone song Jenny (867-5309) spawned quite a myth, or maybe not a myth, about thousands of people calling the number from the song and overloading the circuit boards, thus causing the number to always be “out of service,” or something like that. But … Read more