Posted by: willenvelope | July 4, 2008

John Fogerty

John Fogerty
Revival ( Fantasy, 2007 )

Unslushed because: The best five American bands of all time are Creedence, the Beach Boys, Springsteen / E Street, Pavement, and the Replacements. Out of respect, solo albums from any of their members except those named Mike Love merit at least a listen.

Factors not initially considered: None, really, except I hadn’t noticed at first that Benmont Tench plays keyboards here. This isn’t a record that will do much to upset your preconceived notions.

Upon further review: True to its title, retro label (is Fantasy actually still a functioning entity, or just an insignia?), and tracks like “Creedence Song” (“You can’t go wrong/If you play a little of that Creedence song”), this CD takes its hacks at replicating the proud songwriter’s living legacy. The first two cuts, “Don’t You Wish It Was True” and “Gunslinger,” especially mine some familiar chord progressions and strumming patterns, and Fogerty’s voice hardly sounds different than it did 40 years ago. The rest of the CD branches out a little, sometimes for good (the slow, pretty “River Is Waiting”), sometimes for ill (the insufferably trite riff rock of “Summer of Love”).

In honor of Independence Day, though, I thought I’d share the words to one of the more successful experiments here: “I Can’t Take It No More,” a supercharged, under-two-minute rocker that delivers a tongue-lashing to our classic-rock-loving president.

I can’t take it no more
Sick and tired of your dirty little war

You know you lied about the casualites
You know you lied about the WMDs
You know you lied about the detainees
All over this world

Stop talkin’ ’bout stayin’ the course
You keep-a-beatin’ that old dead horse
You know you lied about how we went to war
I can’t take it no more

I bet you never saw the ol’ school yard
I bet you never saw the National Guard
Your daddy wrote a check and there you are
Another fortunate son

I can’t take it no more
Sick and tired of your dirty little war
I can’t take it no more

Insignificant as Revival may be in the larger scheme of things, if it hurt George W. Bush’s feelings—if, initially excited by “the awesome new Fogerty disc,” he ultimately, dejectedly had to tell the secret-service guys to take it off the Escalade’s stereo—then I can’t really quibble.

John Fogerty Web site

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Responses

  1. .
    Hee hee hee hee hee . . .

    I would have given a pound of gold to see Dubya’s mug if he were ever to hear this disc.

    -JQP-
    .

  2. Nice find. This was never going to be great, but I’m glad you found something good in here.


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