Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Lots of legal mumbo jumbo to go through. If you're so inclined to read this. Not sure why it popped into my mind, but suddenly I found myself thinking of the time that John Fogerty was sued for sounded too similar to Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Of course, Fogerty was the lead singer and driving creative force behind CCR, so you would think this was understandable. But Fantasy Records, who owned the rights to "Run Through The Jungle," thought that "The Old Man Down The Road" sounded an awful lot like it and slapped him with a lawsuit. There are different comparisons you can do on the link above to judge for yourself. Ultimately, Fogerty won the case.

"The Old Man Down The Road" was one of three hits ("Centerfield" and "Rock And Roll Girls" are the other two) that allowed Fogerty to enjoy a solid revival in the mid-80's. And we've been plagued with frivilous lawsuits ever since.


Blogger PHSChemGuy said...

Are you suggesting, sir, that the lawsuits against Fogerty somehow precipitated our current litigious state?

5:12 PM  
Blogger coachsullivan said...

Honest to god, I checked...there was never a frivilous lawsuit in recorded human history prioy to this case. I can't believe Wikipedia doesn't have a ten page long entry on this seminal moment.

8:17 PM  
Blogger PHSChemGuy said...

Who knew that Fogerty was that historically significant?

9:33 PM  

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