Do It 'Again'
John Fogerty's new Geffen album, appropriately titled "Deja Vu All Over Again," projects an air of familiarity, typified by Fogerty's distinctive voice, guitar and melodic instincts. But the subject matter, particularly the title cut, which serves as the first single, is firmly placed in the here and now.
"Most guys my age made a promise to ourselves as the Vietnam War was winding down that [our country] would never do this again-at least I did," Fogerty says. "I thought the book was closed on that. But about a year ago when everything was heating up to go to Iraq, I thought, 'Uh-oh, this is probably folly.'"
Indeed, while the record rocks on such cuts as the punkish "She's Got Baggage" and hard rock anthem "In the Garden," the quieter, more lighthearted moments, like the gentle romance of "I Will Walk With You" or the humble domesticity of "Honey Do" and the jaunty "Rhubarb Pie," are some of its most compelling passages.
"I'm a rock'n'roll musician, and at the time I was growing up, the first order of business for rock'n'roll was to have fun," Fogerty says. Look for the artist, backed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, on the upcoming Vote for Change tour, which kicks off Oct. 1 in Pennsylvania.