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Album: Cosmo's FactoryReleased: 1970Charted:
Written by lead singer John Fogerty, this is a very upbeat Creedence Clearwater Revival, giving a hint that, as bad as things were in the early '70s, there might be some hope for the future: Things would improve "Around The Bend." Bass player Stu Cook described the song as "Kind of the opposite of 'Run Through The Jungle
This song required a bit of translation for British audiences. In England, if you go "around the bend" it means you go crazy. Then the band toured the UK, they had to explain to the British press that the song was not about dementia or mental problems.
In his memoir Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, John Fogerty said that this song came to him when he was riding his motorcycle though the California hills.
Movies this song has appeared in include Michael
(1996), Remember the Titans
(2000) and Invincible
(2006). It was also used in a 2008 episode of the TV show My Name Is Earl
Elton John covered this song shortly after it was released, and his version appears on several compilation albums. Hanoi Rocks recorded it for their 1984 Two Steps From The Move album.
In 2016, Wrangler used this in a commercial for their jeans
, surprising after John Fogerty lashed out at the company when they used "Fortunate Son
" in ads without his permission beginning in 2000. Fogerty doesn't control the rights to the songs he wrote for CCR, so they can be used without his consent.