Uncut Magazine

February 2012

Uncut - February 2012

Featured Artists

  • Joan Baez

  • Teenage Fanclub

  • The Black Keys

  • Jackie Leven

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival

  • New Order

The spirit of CCR lives… 15 tracks that inspired, or were inspired by, John Fogerty and co

Reading David Cavanagh's cover story this month, I was reminded of a time when it seemed that the most likely reason someone had gone to all the trouble of inventing the radio was to make sure that wherever you were in the world you could switch one on and more often than not find yourself listening to Creedence Clearwater Revival. Those, as they say, were the days.

Down the years, I've found myself in frequently far-flung locations, on trips that have taken me hither and yon across the globe. Not unusually these jaunts were to places where I've ended up propping up bars in the company of people whose language I wasn’t always able to speak, a predictable hindrance to conversation, meaningful or otherwise, but where music, however, would be a language we eventually found we shared. Everyone, everywhere, in my experience was as fluent in CCR as they were in The Beatles, Stones or Bob Dylan. I can't think of anywhere I've variously found myself – from chilly Lapland to the sunny antipodes – where, let's say, “Proud Mary” didn’t make sundry gatherings of disparate souls feel like they were at the point it was played on the wireless or jukebox part of a single community, a nation without boundaries, a chorus with a single voice.

CCR split after an astonishing run of hits, in 1972. But 40 years on, how much more immediate and still of the moment their music seems whenever you hear it, whatever the circumstance, the radio inclined to sound like it's turned up its own volume whenever something by them comes on, just about every minute of music they put their name to an undiminished thrill all these years after they originally claimed the world's attention.

“Creedence weren't the hippest band in the world,” Bruce Springsteen reflected in his Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction speech. “But,” he was quick to add, “they were the best.”

In this issue

FREE CD: Bad Moon Rising
The spirit of CCR lives… 15 tracks that inspired, or were inspired by, John Fogerty and co

Featuring Paul Weller, Paul McCartney, Can, John Cale, Patti Smith, Public Image Limited and many more…

The original folk darling on hip hop, living in Iraq, and why Steve Earle won't stop talking

The making of their career-defining, 1990 indie anthem "Everything Flows"

The American blues-rock duo reveal their latest influences - The Clash, The Cramps… and Gary Glitter!

We pay tribute to a wild and prolific talent

John Fogerty, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford on being in the biggest band in the world - and how it all went horribly wrong

The Felt cult legend on the state of music and his future

It's the 40th anniversary of Super Fly!

Album by album with the celebrated producer and performer

"Their musical trajectory was breathtaking!" Intimate shots of the fledgling band in the early '80s

Leonard Cohen, Craig Finn, Dylan covers, Guided By Voices, Public Image Limited, Calexico, Throbbing Gristle, Howlin’ Wolf and many more

Film: George Clooney in Alexander Payne's comedy The Descendants, plus Steve McQueen's Shame, starring Michael Fassbender
DVD: Boardwalk Empire - Prohibition-era gangsters run amok in TV drama series
Books: Hardboiled Los Angeles Stories by the multi-talented Ry Cooder

Lemonhead Evan Dando, 'Mrs Shakey' Pegi Young, The Pop Group's Mark Stewart, Middle Eastern radical collaborator Omar Souleyman, and much more…


Editor's Letter

Robert Wyatt interviewed: "I'm not a born rebel..."

Today (January 28, 2015), social media reliably informs me that Robert Wyatt is 70, which seems a reasonable justification for reposting this long and, I hope, interesting transcript of an interview I did with him at home in Louth back in 2007, a little before the marvellous “Comicopera” was...