SAN DIEGO — It's no wonder the "Jackass" dudes wanted Wolfmother's "Joker & the Thief" for their new movie.
"The song is about people who don't really fit into society," singer Andrew Stockdale said, unintentionally describing Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and their motley crew. "They have their eccentric personalities and are intriguing people to talk to, but they just don't function [in society]."
That said, Stockdale was quick to describe "Joker & the Thief" as a song everyone can relate to.
"If you're trying to work out what you're trying to do with your life, if you don't know what you want to do and are getting into — I don't know what your trick could be, it could be wrestling, it could be rock and roll, it could be insect-collecting or those dudes on the beach with the metal detectors looking for change," explained the singer, covered in sweat after the band's performance at Street Scene (see "Kanye Previews New Song; Lupe, MCR Are M.I.A. At Injury-Plagued Street Scene").
Whatever the case (probably more like insect-eating), the producers and stars of "Jackass: Number Two" wanted it, which meshed nicely with Stockdale's plans for the song.
"I definitely wanted that to be a single," he said. "I made my mind up a few months ago. I was like, 'Man, we gotta put this song out, it's gotta f---ing work.' The crowd, they just go nuts every time. I knew it. Or I guess I can't say I knew it because it hasn't come out yet, but I have a very strong feeling it will connect with people."
For the video for "Joker & the Thief," which follows up "Love Train" (see "Wolfmother Hope More Dudettes Hop Onto Their 'Love Train' "), Wolfmother combined footage from a recent performance at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, Australia, with clips from the "Jackass" sequel.
"I think, in some ways, what they do is similar to rock and roll," Stockdale said. "When you see someone risking that danger, it makes you feel more alive. It kind of accelerates that life force when you see someone smashing something. And all those old [rockers] like [the Who's] Keith Moon and [Jimi] Hendrix, they all used to smash things. There was an element of danger to it that was sort of appealing and humorous, but sort of entertaining."
Stockdale knows all about entertaining. Since Wolfmother began rising from Aussie notoriety to worldwide stardom at the beginning of this year, the vintage-rock revivalists have earned one rave review after another. And for now there's no end in sight. Dates are booked in North America and Europe through November, and Stockdale is promising more touring after a holiday vacation.
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"I think we're getting tighter, and I think we feel like maybe we've got more a sense of what we're about," the singer said.
The band has also been putting ideas together for its second album.
"I couldn't describe the music to you, but I do have ideas in my mind," Stockdale said. "It's easy to do shows and be entertaining, but when it comes time to create something, it's like, what do you want to say? And sometimes that can be an arduous process. I just know I don't want this album to be what we're all about. I feel like we've got a lot more to say."
Through all their touring, Wolfmother have made plenty of friends, and Stockdale said he's interested in collaborating with artists or producers outside of his two bandmates.
"I think it'd be refreshing in some ways to see what other people are doing," he said.
The "Joker & the Thief" video will premiere next month. "Jackass: Number Two" opens September 22.