September 17 2008 at 7:04 AM No score for this post
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17.09.2008. Dale Hawkins: Susie Q
"Swamp rock" begins right here, and not as some timid, semi-baked idea, but fully flourishing as a genre; if you ask me, there simply was no way that Creedence Clearwater Revival, swamp rock band
number one of the late Sixties, could not have covered the song on their very first album. Surprisingly, the lyrics - or, rather, the few lyrical lines that there are; looks like everyone who's covered the song since felt an obligation to add an extra verse or two - don't have anything to do with swamp rock; they're simply minimalistic and that's that. But the music is an entirely different matter. From the primal boom of the drums that sound like they're announcing a fresh war between two African tribes, to the dark, gloomy, echoey bass lines, to the wild ape-like screaming in between the verses, to that dry sarcastic guitar riff that's probably been modeled on something Hawkins heard on a Howlin' Wolf record - all of this is very jungle-like, very savage, and, uh, quite shocking, really. In fact, neither the Rolling Stones, who simply adapted the tune to their own wildman style of 1964, nor even Creedence themselves, who were still finding that swampy groove on their first album, manage to recapture the sweaty, dripping "authenticity" of the original, fine as their versions are in their own right. Meaning that the original HAS to be heard to be believed.
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