Bad Moon Rising
|"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|
|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".
The song has been recorded by scores of artists. Notable versions include:
The song has been used in a number of films, including An American Werewolf in London, My Fellow Americans, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Howling III: The Marsupials, Blade, Sweet Home Alabama, My Girl, Man of the House, Operation Avalanche, Mr. Woodcock, The Big Chill, and Kong: Skull Island.
The song has also been used in many television programs, including Supernatural, Cold Case, Northern Exposure, The Following, The Walking Dead, Teen Wolf, and Alvin and the Chipmunks, in which it is performed by the title characters. A remixed version of the song can be heard in the video game Crackdown 2.
In popular culture
The last line of the chorus, "there's a bad moon on the rise", is sometimes misheard as "there's a bathroom on the right". Fogerty occasionally sings the misheard lyric in concert. In 2013, WatchMojo.com ranked the mishearing #5 on Top 10 Misheard Lyrics.
The song has become notably popular in Argentina as a soccer chant, sung by fans at the stadium to support their teams during soccer matches. Different versions of the lyrics exist for different local teams, and even political parties. During the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a modified version, titled "Brasil, decime qué se siente" ("Brazil, Tell Me How It Feels") with Spanish lyrics that taunted Brazil, Argentina's traditional rival, became very popular in Argentina. It was adopted as the unofficial anthem for the Argentinian team and sung by fans and players alike. After Brazil lost 7–1 in the semi-final against Germany, the song was again adapted. The song has been adapted by fans of Manchester City football club with the title "Argentinian Blues" referencing the six Argentinian players in Manchester City's ranks.
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