Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: Wolfmother’s stadium song

There are a handful of songs that seem to be played at more sporting events than any other. “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes is at the top. “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC. Then “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses. Also in the top 10 is “Joker and the Thief” by Wolfmother. It was actually conceived as a song that could be played in a stadium.

Leader Andrew Stockdale got it in his mind that he wanted to write something like “Thunderstruck.” After fiddling with a few ideas, the riff for “Joker and the Thief” came together in a rehearsal jam. And yes, he did borrow a few lyrical ideas from Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower.”

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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