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 .?


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

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.

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

Bob Dylan - Pretty Boy Floyd


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



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


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

Traveling Wilburys: Tweeter and the Monkey Man

FZ: The Illinois Enema Bandit

Beatles: She Came in Through the Bathroom Window

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

@reubent - absolutely - one of BOC's best songs.


Lawers, guns, and money by Warren Zevon

Breaking the Law by Judas Priest

Cocaine Blues, Johnny Cash or George Thorogood, but there were a lot of others.

Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday.

me and my uncle [from the grateful dead's "what a long strange trip its been" album]

@yoyoyaya @leadcrew 

Then Came the Last Days of May - Blue Oyster Cult

Love that song, especially the Live version on "On Your Feet, or On Your Knees"

Concrete Blonde - Scene of a Perfect Crime

Prefab Sprout - The Best Jewel Thief in the World

U.K. - Danger Money (about the life of a hitman)

Supertramp - Crime of the Century

Steely Dan - Kid Charlemagne (about Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, and Owsley's illegal  LSD manufacturing in the Oakland hills getting raided)

Golden Earring -Twilight Zone 



Since nobody has mentioned it yet:

"The Nights The Lights Went Out in Georgia."  Original by Vicki Lawrence, or the Reba cover.

Offshore Banking Business, by The Members.

1979, UK.  Protest about tax havens.

Offshore Banking Business - The Members - YouTube


I Shot the Sheriff?

Drifter's Escape?

Percy's Song?

Well if "raping the universe" is a crime then i vote for


Supertramp-Crime Of The Century

See link below 

Possible songs for a Tarantino heist movie

Eileen Rodgers - Treasure of Your Love 

Lee Hazelwood - Some Velvet Morning

Boogie Joe the Grinder - Quincy Jones

The Fly - David Axelrod

Money Runner - Quincy Jones





“And all we gotta do is hold up our end
Here, stuff this in your pocket
It'll look like you're carrying a friend”

"Lincoln Park Pirates" by Steve Goodman. Funny drinking song

"Long Black Veil" by the Chieftains with Mick Jagger. You can feel the chill.

"Pancho and Lefty" by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. Check out the YouTube video with a cameo of Townes Van Zandt.

"Down Into Mexico" by Delbert McClinton with a special nod for the set-up/follow-up song "One of the Fortunate Few". Ah hell, pretty much his entire catalog is outlaw or pretty close to it.