It was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of over one million copies. It was also a major hit in the UK, where it reached number three on the UK Singles Chart.
The song is opened with a prominent, high-pitched guitar riff played by John Fogerty. The song's lyrics have Fogerty telling of a gathering "up around the bend" on the highway and inviting the listener to join in.
Finnishrock and glam punk band Hanoi Rocks covered "Up Around the Bend" on their fourth studio album Two Steps from the Move. The song was also released as a single. The song was an early favorite of the band's rhythm guitarist Nasty Suicide, who was listening to the song on the band's German-tour. The label noticed that the album was missing a potential international hit, so they chose the band to cover "Up Around The Bend". The CBS single-release also featured a press-on tattoo of the band's rose-logo, which the band's singer, Michael Monroe has tattooed on his right shoulder. Besides the title-track and "Don't You Ever Leave Me", the songs featured on the singles are all taken from Hanoi Rocks' 1984 live album All Those Wasted Years.