John Fogerty on the Devil Behind CCR’s ‘Bad Moon Rising’

John Fogerty’s “Bad Moon Rising,” written for Creedence Clearwater Revival and released in 1969, warned of impending doom. A reflection of late-’60s confusion and strife, the song reached No. 2 on Billboard’s pop chart.

Recently, Mr. Fogerty, the band’s lead guitarist, lead singer and principal composer, talked about some of the unexpected inspirations for the song. The vinyl edition of Mr. Fogerty’s latest album, “Fogerty’s Factory” (BMG), was recently released. Edited from an interview:

John Fogerty: In 1967, I bought a little notebook to jot down song-title ideas. I was living in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the band had just changed its name from the Golliwogs to Creedence Clearwater Revival.

During the Summer of Love in ’67, the hippie movement was becoming quite a thing. Astrology was the rage, especially phrases like “Capricorn rising” and “the moon is in the seventh house.”

I poked fun at that stuff, like we do with UFOs. When asked about my sign, I told people I was a double asparagus with a broccoli rising.

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