Creedence Clearwater Revival: Pure 50’s Rock’n’Roll in workman-like flannel shirts

The Album "Creedence Clearwater Revival" of CCR

The Album „Creedence Clearwater Revival“ of CCR

Creedence Clearwater Revival: The Band

Creedence Clearwater Revival: The Band

This is how Dough ‚Cosmo‘ Clifford, the drummer of Creedence Clearwater Revival (also called CCR), tells about his first encounter with John Fogerty: „I went by and heard original Fats Domino music coming out of the music room, which was sacrilegious. […] So, I listened for a little while and then he went into a Little Richard tune. I went, man, this is amazing. […] He said ‚Yeah.‘ I said ‚Do you wanna start a band?‘.“1

The roots of CCR are pure 50’s rock’n’roll. Sticking mostly with ‚two-and-a-half-minute songs in the jukebox/AM radio mould‘, they were possibly the most popular rock band in the United States in 1969.2 But CCR are more than just a band in the seventies who played the classic 50’s Rock’n’Roll in their time. Not incorporating the image of glamour on the one hand and not expressing sex with their music on the other, they broke with the two key aspects of Rock’n’Roll. Instead they projected an ‚everyman-like anti-image‘3 and fuelled their lyrics with the rage of the working class, all of which is reflected in songs like ‚The Working Man‘ and ‚Porterville‘ of their first album – and in their dressing in regular flannel shirts.4 But not just people in the seventies dwelled in the memories of the original rock’n’roll by listening to CCR. Having gone through their mom’s and dad’s old CD’s and found one of CCR, today’s youth is enjoying the catchy, old-fashioned rock’n’roll tunes just the same as their parents…

 

References:

  1. Gary James’ Interview with Dough ‚Cosmo‘ Clifford of Creedence Clearwater Revival: http://www.classicbands.com/CCRInterview.html <28/10/13>
  2. Simon Reynolds: Retromania. Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past. Faber and Faber Inc., New York: 2011, p. 281.
  3. Simon Reynolds: Retromania. Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past. Faber and Faber Inc., New York: 2011, p. 281.
  4. Stephen Thomas Erlewine: Review of the album ‚Creedence Clearwater Revival‘ on allmusic.com: http://www.allmusic.com/album/creedence-clearwater-revival-mw0000015382 <28/10/13>

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