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Why the CREEDENCE group collapsed at peak of the career?

Last time we left CREEDENCE group on a threshold of 1970. The group continued to scribble one hit behind another, war in Vietnam all did not come to an end therefore listeners apprehended the song “Run Through the Jungle“ (“Run through the jungle“) as the next anti-war.

of “Run Through the Jungle“ (1970)

the Song opened ominous “sounds of the jungle“ which musicians received, having lost back to front guitar parts and a piano. Music turned out surprising, constructed practically on one disturbing guitar riff at all.

Tom Fogerti:
“My favourite thing from all KRIDENSA - “Run through the jungle“... She on as small cinema with all these sound effects. It lasts monotonously, but all the time keeps you in suspense. The note is same, but illusion as if it changes is created“

Allow to subscribe. As it seems to me, any song CREEDENCE is not quoted by so many times at cinema as they are its sounds that hour signal that the speech in the movie goes about the Vietnamese war, or in general about any war in the jungle.

It is amusing that actually John Fogerti wrote not about the Vietnamese jungle at all, and about “jungle“ of the American society where universal carrying the weapon does life of people not less dangerous.

John Fogerti:
“I am a hunter and not the opponent of the weapon at all, but just reached me that such number of the uncontrollable weapon becomes dangerous. It is interesting what was required the whole 20 years that such position was created in social movement“.
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this song, time to talk also about difficult relationship of musicians of CREEDENCE with their producer Saul Zents came. By then John Fogerti was already not just the leader of group, and the full-fledged dictator. He tried to solve financial problems and did it extremely unsuccessfully. As a result, after disintegration of group all rights for songs CREEDENCE appeared in cunning Saul Zents`s hands. In other words, John Fogerti was deprived of the right to sing the own songs written in group.
Reached marasmus. When John published the song “The Old Man Down The Road“ on the solo performance, Zents filed a lawsuit against it, having declared that the song is similar to “Run Through the Jungle“. Probably, for the first time in the history of music of the performer judged for self-plagiarism! This court of Fogerti won, but lost other claim from Zents - for an insult of the producer which image John impartially removed in songs “Mr. Greed“ and “Zanz Kant Danz“. Fogerti was necessary not only to pay a penalty, but also to edit songs (having changed, for example, the name to “Vanz Kant Danz“).

of “Up Around The Bend“ (1970)

That, somehow to brighten up gloomy spirit of “Run Through the Jungle“, on other party of a single John let out optimistical composition of “Up Around The Bend“. It he wanted to tell that not so all and is bad to eat supposedly still hopes for bright future.
It is no secret that English in England and America strongly differs with places. For example, subway in England call underground, and in the USA - subway. Fall British - autumn, at Americans have fall.
as a result during tours across Great Britain had to explain CREEDENCE to the press that expression of “around the bend“ designates “on a limit“ and not that can seem to British where this phrase matters “to go crazy“ .

of “Lookin` out My Back Door“ (1970)

C of this cheerful a country - a song which I very much love happened the same history, as to the song BEATLES about “Lucie in the sky with diamonds“. That is, Fogerti was accused that her images are generated by narcotic visions. And, really, as the sober person can write about “the happy creations dancing at me on a lawn“ and “a dinosaur - the player, listening to Buck of Owens“ . It is a pity, Lewis Carroll did not live …

the Similar treatment brought John into a stupor. If “Beatles“ really were fond in due time of “acid“, then “kridensa“ looked against the others fate - stars just a share - boys - neither chronic drunks, nor addicts in their environment were observed. Guys did not smash hotels, did not miss through the bedrooms tens very young “ãðóïïèç“, they it is simple how “Stakhanovites“ wrote music.
That to the song “Lookin` out My Back Door“, John wrote it, as well as Lennon “Lucie“ - to amuse the little son. And the children`s book “Guess that I Saw on Malberi Street“ was a source of inspiration.

Doug Clifford: “John wrote to
it for the child. There “the flying spoon“ is mentioned. Some consider that it is about cocaine. But it only about a silver spoon with which the child is fed usually by the grandmother this spoon usually scatters children`s food on all room“.

John Fogerti: “I wanted to make by
of “Lookin` Out My Back Door“ the children`s song. My son Josh was about three years old when I composed it. I knew what will be pleasant to it if he hears on radio as I sing “Dut du here, looking out of the back door“. So it also left. When the song appeared on air, I was in kitchen, and he sat on a floor and painted something on paper. Played radio, and this song played. Five minutes later he already sang “Dut du here, looking out of the back door“. Having seen it, I understood for what I am engaged in it“.

By the way, from a reverse side of a single “Lookin` of Out My Back Door“ wrote down the excellent ballad “Long As I Can See The Light“ which, I hope, many heard. Whether it is worth saying that the single became “gold“.

of “Have You Ever Seen The Rain“ (1971)

John Fogerti`s attempts everything to direct

By 1971 made the relations in group especially intense. The first the elder brother Jonah - Tom did not sustain - and told children “Adieu!“.
John, reluctantly, tried to reach compromise.
New democratic orders were expressed that it suggested other musicians to take part in writing of songs of a new album. The album under the name “Pendulum“ (“Pendulum“) was supposed to be made more difficult and fancy - with abundance of keys, wind instruments, and also attraction of a female vocal.
in general, “Pendulum“ left quite good. But here that interestingly - the most famous song of an album (and groups - at least we) had a song which is written down during one session - without frills, rehearsals, as they say, to a descent.

A line from the song “Have you ever seen the rain comin` down on a sunny day?“ (whether “You sometime saw the rain falling in a sunny day?“) sounded sadly and deeply symbolically.

John Fogerti: “It especially often happens to
in the bay San - Frantsisko: the sun shines, and suddenly on you the rain, with a rainbow and large drops falls, and wind blows this rain along the gulf through Golden Gate.... Our sunny days, gold time were KRIDENS - it, and now on us the rain falls. It is the song from an album “Pendulum“ which name hints at disorder too: the pendulum shook towards the best times earlier, and now in the return - the worst for us. It seems to me, the others did not even realize that “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?“ - about our disintegration“.

I, really, externally the group was at success top. Thanks to pre-orders the album “Pendulum“ became “platinum“ to an exit. And after BEATLES collapsed, declared KRIDENS the most commercially successful group of the world (but we will not forget about Saul Zentsa).
Before an exit of an album of Fogerti even decided to carry out the special advertizing company, namely to publish the book about stories of group. To the aid he called the writer John Hellouel.

John Fogerti:
“Hellouell was in studio when we wrote down “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?“ He was the sensitive guy. He understood. After record it approached me with tears in eyes. He understood everything“.

Listeners, naturally, understood the song in own way. One considered that it again about Vietnam, and the falling rain - a metaphor of the falling bombs. Others considered that the song - about loss of illusions of the youth movement of the end 1960 - x. But all met in one - the song excellent. Not without reason it was rehashed by the mass of performers - Rod Stewart, SMOKIE, Bonnie Tyler...

After “Pendulum“ the group will write down one more - the weakest - the album “Mardi Gras“ and in October, 1972 will officially break up, having managed to leave in 5 years of existence the whole “gold fund“ American fate - classics.