"Stuck in the Middle" was released on Stealers Wheel's 1972 self-titled debut album Stealers Wheel. Joe Egan provided the lead vocals, with Gerry Rafferty providing harmony. The song was conceived initially by the band members as a parody of Bob Dylan's distinctive lyrical style in order to attain chart success. The single (titled "Stuck in the Middle With You") 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.
In 1992 director Quentin Tarantino used "Stuck in the Middle With You" in the soundtrack of his debut film Reservoir Dogs, in the infamous Michael Madsen ear-cutting scene, bringing new attention to the song.