Joker & the Thief

"Joker & the Thief"
Single by Wolfmother
from the album Wolfmother
B-side "Where Eagles Have Been" (Live) (7")
Released 26 October 2005
Recorded 2005 at The Sound Factory
(Hollywood, California)
Length 4:40
Label Modular
Songwriter(s) Wolfmother
Producer(s) Dave Sardy
Wolfmother singles chronology
"Love Train"
"Joker & the Thief"
"Back Round"

"Love Train"
"Joker & the Thief"
"Back Round"
Wolfmother track listing
14 tracks
Original version
  1. "Colossal"
  2. "Woman"
  3. "White Unicorn"
  4. "Pyramid"
  5. "Mind's Eye"
  6. "Joker & the Thief"
  7. "Dimension"
  8. "Where Eagles Have Been"
  9. "Apple Tree"
  10. "Tales from the Forest of Gnomes"
  11. "Witchcraft"
  12. "Vagabond"
International version
  1. "Dimension"
  2. "White Unicorn"
  3. "Woman"
  4. "Where Eagles Have Been"
  5. "Apple Tree"
  6. "Joker & the Thief"
  7. "Colossal"
  8. "Mind's Eye"
  9. "Pyramid"
  10. "Witchcraft"
  11. "Tales"
  12. "Love Train"
  13. "Vagabond"
Music video
"Joker & the Thief" on Vimeo

"Joker & the Thief" is a song by Australian rock band Wolfmother. The song serves as the sixth track and sixth single from the band's eponymous debut studio album. It was released in Australia on 26 October 2005 and in the United Kingdom on 20 November 2006.[1] The music video for the song was nominated for the "Best Rock Video" and "Video of the Year" awards at the 2007 MTV Australia Awards.[2] The titular "joker" and "thief" are a reference to the lyrics of "All Along the Watchtower".

Usage in media

"Joker & the Thief" is featured in the video game Need for Speed: Carbon,[3] It is also available as downloadable content for the music video game series Rock Band, and is playable on music video games Karaoke Revolution Presents American Idol Encore 2 and Rock Revolution.[4]

It was also featured in the film The Hangover and Shrek the Third, and video game Lego DC Super-Villains.

Track listings

All songs are credited to Wolfmother.

Australian CD single

  1. "Joker & the Thief"
  2. "Joker & the Thief" (Loving Hand Remix)
  3. "Vagabond" (Acoustic Version)
  4. "Where Eagles Have Been" (Live at Lollapalooza)

UK CD single

  1. "Joker & the Thief"
  2. "Joker & the Thief" (Loving Hand Remix)
  3. "Where Eagles Have Been" (Live at Lollapalooza)

UK DVD single

  1. "Joker & the Thief" (Audio)
  2. "Joker & the Thief" (Video)
  3. "Dimension" (Live at The Scala)
  4. "Jackass Number Two Trailer"

UK 7" vinyl

  1. "Joker & the Thief"
  2. "Where Eagles Have Been" (Live at Lollapalooza)


Chart positions

Chart (2006) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 64
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[7] 31
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[8] 27


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  2. "Justin Timberlake + Pink Dominate Noms For 2007 MTV Video Music Awards". Sony BMG. 2007-03-01. Archived from the original on 2008-08-14. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  3. "Need For Speed Carbon Soundtrack Burns Rubber". IGN. 2006-09-19. Retrieved 2008-09-28. ‘’Need for Speed Payback’’
  4. Grace Chen, "PlayStation Store Update," PlayStation.Blog (Mar. 26).
  5. " – Wolfmother – Joker & the Thief". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  7. "Wolfmother Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  8. "Wolfmother Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
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