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Scotland Goes Pop! (4)

Stuck in the Middle was described by Paul Simon as the finest pop song ever written. Certainly it has travelled well down three and a half decades and still sounds fresh even if it is the squillionth time you’ve heard it. Stealers Wheel were originally Gerry Rafferty, Joe Egan, Rab Noakes and Ian Campbell who were sent to London by their management company to become Britain’s answer to Crosby Stills Nash and Young. before recording anything Noakes and Campbell had quit. After recruiting new musicians and recording an album, by the time Stuck in the Middle was released, Rafferty had also (temporarily) returned north and quit. This video sees Egan miming to Rafferty’s original vocal. Stealers Wheel recorded another two albums after the eponymous first album but they were both with Rafferty (by then returned) and Egan as the only band members with session musicians brought in. After their management company went bust legal wrangles meant that Rafferty and Egan went their separate ways. Rafferty took three years out during which time he wrote the songs for his multi platinum solo album City to City.


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  1. […] people are saying Scotland Goes Pop! (4) trackback from post […Stuck in the Middle was described by Paul Simon as the finest pop song ever […]

  2. Slight exaggeration there by the Simon fellow, B-Lo, but nevertheless it is a nice reminder of Scotland’s contribution to the Top 20 of yesteryear.

  3. You could be right about simon’s comment. Its unclear for example if he is aware of glen medeiros’ work. (answering from my phone here as i haven’t yet found a computer in the highlands! – any postings appearing are akin to a goldfish holiday food block!). I can see campbell has left a comment too but i’m unable to access it.

  4. Purely in the interests of fun, last night I telephoned canvassed all the retirement, care and nursing homes in my area and can report that the older generation’s favourite Scottish pop song, by some distance I may add, is ‘Capture Your Heart’ by Blue.

    As for Glen Medeiros, I well remember Bob Geldof on the reheated version of Juke Box Jury describing one of his efforts as ‘turgid crap’, only for the Hawaiian hearthrob to be that week’s studio guest. When he came on camera he had a lump the size of an egg in his throat and looked ready to burst into tears. I believe he’s now working as a bed salesman in San Jose.

  5. Fern Cake, surely a bad salesman?

  6. I can leave a comment but have been unable to post anything from my phone. Last night i had the first capsize in the canoe. A beautiful place to do it mind you, loch an eilian in rothiemurchus near aviemore. Did it just getting in! there that’ll brighten the day of anyone who knows me!

  7. Hi My name is Aquarius.(aka BigRab)……float ,float on….(keeping with the tone!). As was mentioned previously before embarking on his sea (hic) trials canoodling with Sue and the girls, I expected that Rab would be heading in an ABERLOUR direction (alas he does not require to paddle that far as a bottle of A’BUNADH awaits him nearer the CLYDESIDE than theSPEYSIDE!! (Private joke/debt outstanding)

  8. I headed in an aberlour direction yesterday and sampled the local produce (and i don’t mean the shortbread!) lovely. It’s no’ a private joke sneddy! I’ve been telling everyone i won a bottle of a’bunadh off you in a bet!

  9. Annan other thing. See who sons drew in the league cup?

  10. […] became aware of Gerry Rafferty through the single Stuck in the Middle With You the eponymous Stealers Wheel album and its Leiber/Stoller produced follow up Ferguslie Park. Also […]

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