Creedence Clearwater Revival: “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?”

Posted: January 30, 2014 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Tune du Jour: “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Minutemen vs. The Ramones
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GREAT SONG! Along with Fortunate Son probably Creedence Clearwater Revival’s two greatest numbers (although I’ve also always had a soft spot for Someday Never Comes and Long as I Can See the Light). Have You Ever Seen the Rain  was written by John Fogerty and released as a single in 1971. It had originally appeared on CCR’s album Pendulum, released in 1970. The song charted highest in Canada, reaching number one on the RPM 100 national album chart in March 1971. In the US, it peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the same year. In the UK, it reached number 36.


The Original


Credence Clearwater Revival:


THE CLASH of Cover Tunes


Minutemen vs. The Ramones



The Ramones:

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. Only one cover tune will live to play another day and it is your solemn responsibility to decide which one prevails. So tell me … Which Side Are You On?!!?



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  1. Arnie Plotnick says:

    Yay…I get to comment before Cuspid! He must be busy on this, his 67th birthday. Anyway, the Minutemen’s version is good, but I can’t resist the Ramonesification of this excellent song.

  2. Cuspid says:

    I agree with Plotty, as much as I hate to say it. Minutemen do a very good job with one of my favorite CCR songs. But the Ramones virtually always get the nod. But they have an advantage when it comes to doing covers because after their first album they made an entire career covering that same album over and over again. Fortunate for them (and us) it was a great album. ..

  3. RDubbs says:

    Ever so close to voting for the Minutemen. I’ve heard the Ramones version too many times; it’s lost its edge. But, as my 10-year son declares seemingly every 10 minutes or so, “That’s Not Fair!”. The Ramones did a fun, creative version that deserves the nod over The Minutemen, whose version was also excellent.

    CMI Trivia Question: How did The Minutemen get their name?

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