The man who invented swamp rock from the steamy bayous of Berkeley made his debut on the small screen last night. He sounds good on the radio too especially with Creedence Clearwater Revival playing songs like these:
- “Wrote a Song For Everyone” from Green River. A tale of Vietnam and a textbook example of a song about writing a song. Covered recently by Mavis Staples.
- “It Came Out of the Sky” from Willy and the Poor Boys. One of the greatest alien invasion meets capitalism songs ever.
- “Tombstone Shadow” from Green River. When you can’t keep it on the sunny side any more.
- ” I Heard It Through the Grapevine” from Cosmo’s Factory. Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight both do great versions, but this is the psychedelic freak out soul rock take. One of the longest Motown numbers ever.
- “Run Through the Jungle“ from Cosmo’s factory. Not about Southeast Asia jungles, but the concrete ones in America. Written about the proliferation of guns.