Creedence Clearwater Revival / Hey Tonight (1970).
This music makes you want to ride, tapping along on the tank, singing loud under the helmet. The lyrics have no meaning, who cares? Just a good old sound, the prospect of a long party night after hours spent riding on a sunny day.
With Creedence Clearwater Revival, rhythm comes before the story, even before the melody, and forces the body and mind to enjoy the moment.
The singer, John Fogerty, evoked a part of the creative process for the single Up Around The Bend, on the album Cosmo’s Factory released in 1970 (for http://www.uncut.co.uk/): “I was out on my motorcycle riding around Berkeley, probably going around a corner. It had this sense of urgency. So when I got home, I went up to that room and married the urgency of going somewhere to that riff. And I made a whole song out of, ‘We don’t know where we’re going, but we’re on our way.’ Y’know, the way all kids feel – just immortal”.
The illustration on the cover of Hey Tonight – Have You ever Seen The Rain perfectly reflects this state of mind, the pleasure of the moment first. A feeling that goes straight to the heart of the biker.