Bad Moon Rising (song)
|"Bad Moon Rising"|
|Single by Creedence Clearwater Revival|
|from the album Green River|
|Format||7" 45 RPM|
|Recorded||March 1969, Wally Heider's Studio, San Francisco, California|
|Genre||Roots rock, swamp rock|
|Creedence Clearwater Revival singles chronology|
"Bad Moon Rising" is a song written by John Fogerty and performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival. It was the lead single from their album Green River and was released in April 1969, four months before the album. The song reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in September 1969 (see 1969 in music). It was CCR's second gold single.
Fogerty reportedly wrote "Bad Moon Rising" after watching The Devil and Daniel Webster. Inspired by a scene in the film involving a hurricane, Fogerty claims the song is about "the apocalypse that was going to be visited upon us."
Jerry Lee Lewis released a version of the song on his 1973 album, The Session. Fogerty and Lewis recorded a version together that was released on Lewis' 2010 album, Mean Old Man. Emmylou Harris released a version of the song on her 1981 album, Evangeline. A 1986 version by the Australian band the Reels reached number 11 on the Australian charts. The Scottish traditional group Battlefield Band recorded a version for their 1987 album After Hours: Forward to Scotland's Past. A version was recorded by The Blue Aeroplanes and included on the 1995 Sugared Almond E.P. The Song also appeared on the debut album Duh of the Punk Rock band Lagwagon in 1991. 16 Horsepower released a version as a b-side on the single "For Heaven's Sake" in 1997. A cover of the song by rock band Mourning Ritual was used in a promotional video for the season 4 second half trailer of AMC's The Walking Dead, as well as the season 2 premiere of The Following.
The song has been used in a number of films, including An American Werewolf in London, My Fellow Americans, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Blade, Sweet Home Alabama, My Girl, Man of the House, Mr. Woodcock, and The Big Chill.
It has also appeared in many television programs, including Supernatural, Cold Case, Northern Exposure, The Following and Alvin and the Chipmunks, in which it is performed by the titular characters as well as the trailer for The Walking Dead Season 4 part 2.
A remixed version of the song can be heard in the video game Crackdown 2.
The song was made available to download on March 1, 2011 for use in the Rock Band 3 music gaming platform in both Basic rhythm, and PRO mode which takes advantage of the use of a real guitar / bass guitar, along with standard MIDI-compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards in addition to three-part harmony vocals.
- Chronicle, Vol. 1 Liner Notes
- Michael Goldberg (1993). "Fortunate Son: John Fogerty - The 1993 Rolling Stone Interview". In Jann S. Wenner. Rolling Stone (United States: Jann S. Wenner). Retrieved January 24, 2011.
- CCR/John Fogerty FAQ. This can be heard on his 1998 live album Premonition.
- "John fogerty - Bad Moon Rising live!" on YouTube
- Jerry Lee Lewis, The Session Retrieved April 7, 2012.
- Jerry Lee Lewis, Mean Old Man Retrieved April 7, 2012.
- Emmylou Harris, Evangeline Retrieve April 7, 2012.
- McFarlane, Ian. "The Reels". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. Archived from the original on June 15, 2004. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
- Gaddo, Kyle (February 25, 2011). "Eleven Legacy Rock Band Tracks Getting PRO Upgrades March 1st". DualShockers. Retrieved November 9, 2012.
- Snider, Mike (June 10, 2010). "Rock Band 3: What's New, What's Notable". USA Today. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
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|UK number one single
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