Bad Moon Rising
|"Bad Moon Rising"|
|Single by Creedence Clearwater Revival|
|from the album Green River|
|Released||April 4, 1969|
|Studio||Wally Heider Studios, 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 16, 1969 four months before the album. The song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on 28 June 1969 and reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in September of that year (see 1969 in music). It was CCR's second gold single.
"Bad Moon Rising" uses weather imagery to make the point that something bad is lurking "out there."
Fogerty reportedly wrote the song after watching the 1941 film The Devil and Daniel Webster. Inspired by a scene in the film involving a hurricane, in which everybody's crops were destroyed except for the guy who made a deal with the devil, Fogerty claims the song is about "the apocalypse that was going to be visited upon us". He also said that when the band was learning the song he recognized the dichotomy between the apocalyptic words and the happy melody. He said "It wasn't until the band was learning the song that I realized the dichotomy. Here you've got this song with all these hurricanes and blowing and raging ruin and all that, but it's 'I see a bad moon rising.' It's a happy-sounding tune, right? It didn't bother me at the time."
Billboard described the single as being "loaded with rhythm and drive" and predicted that it "[couldn't] miss going right to the top." Cash Box described it as a "blazing bayou-rock outing" that is "louder and bolder" than the group's previous single "Proud Mary." Cash Box ranked it as the No. 51 single of 1969.
Ultimate Classic Rock critic Cliff M. Junior rated "Bad Moon Rising" as Creedence Clearwater Revival's 5th greatest song, saying that "in a little more than two minutes, [Fogerty] unloads his mind and prompts you to think about what’s troubling you in your life."
The song has been covered by numerous 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, Kong: Skull Island, Army of the Dead and Minions: The Rise of Gru.
The song has also been used in many television programs, including Supernatural, Cold Case, Northern Exposure, The Following, The Walking Dead, Teen Wolf, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, 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. The song was also used in the opening scene of video game Mafia 3. It is also in Season 5 of Bull, episode 1.
In popular culture
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. Manchester United fans have adapted the song for three chants entitled "Stretford End Arising", "You Think That Your Moustache Is Trendy", and "Ole, Ole, Ander Herrera". Heart of Midlothian fans have a version to honour the arrival of their inspirational German manager: "We've got a diamond Daniel Stendel".
This song was featured in John Landis’s 1981 film An American Werewolf in London as one of five songs used in the film that reference the moon, during a scene where David staves off boredom while waiting to transform into a werewolf.
A cover of Bad Moon Rising by Will Post and Elijah Noll was featured in the launch trailer for the game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
Certifications and sales
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