Heist/ crime songs

Just listened to Charlie Robisons “desperate times” great heist gone wrong song , right up there with “the road goes on forever “ I can’t really think of any popular or rock for that matter crime tunes. They’re all Americana or country .?


Not exactly rock, but The City Sleeps by MC 900 Ft Jesus romanticizes arson.

Traveling Wilburys: Tweeter and the Monkey Man

FZ: The Illinois Enema Bandit

Beatles: She Came in Through the Bathroom Window

Genesis' Battle of Epping Forest.  Based on true story of a London mob fight.

The Escape of Old John Webb - Kingston Trio - better than Tom Dooley

Street Fighting Man - Stones

Ring Cycle by Wagner - theft, fraud, slaving, rape, theft, murder, incest, murder, fraud - and that’s before the last opera opens


Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak

Jimmy Hendrix - Hey Joe

The Clash - Bank Robber, Tommy Gun

Ween - Buenas Tardes Amigo

The Smiths - Suffer little children

Sonic Youth - Death Valley 69

Judas Priest - Breaking the Law



Grateful Dead - Dupree's Diamond Blues; Stagger Lee; El Paso; Mexicali Blues

Bob Dylan - Pretty Boy Floyd


Great memories everyone!  In 1968 Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames recorded "The Ballad Of Bonnie and Clyde" and it was a Top 10 hit.

“Trudy and Dave” and “Tennessee Plates” both by John Hiatt on the spectacular Sliw Turning album