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The good Creed and the bad Creed

Actor/musician finally hears his namesake's music, unfortunately

By Mark C. Brown Apr 10, 2013 3:25PM
Creed BrattonIt took fans of "The Office" a while to catch on, but eventually someone realized that Creed in the cast was played by Creed Bratton -- who as a young man was a musician who traveled to Europe and Africa, busking for food before he eventually came back to California in the mid-'60s and became a member of The Grass Roots. With hits like "Midnight Confessions," "Let's Live For Today" and "Temptation Eyes," the group got international fame before disbanding. You can watch Creed take a boss guitar solo here.

Finally someone hit on the brilliant but obvious idea. In a radio interview with John Schaefer on WNYC, musician/actor Creed Bratton was asked his opinion of alleged musicians Creed, the rock group. The upshot? He likes them about as much as we all do. Check out his reactions below, but be warned, Creed music gets played - because Bratton had never heard of them before.
You can cleanse your aural palate listening to the song below. Be sure to check out the invisible horn section!

Apr 13, 2013 1:11AM

Creed? The jury is still out.

The Grass Roots? Excellent band that I saw live when they played at Six Flags Over Texas when I worked there from 1971-1973. TGR had VERY good  vocals which are usually a weak point when bands play live. One of the few "pop" bands I would actually go and watch them play live. "Pop" bands usually lacked actual instrument playing musicians.

Apr 13, 2013 1:04AM

I am a man who enjoys country, blues, Cajun and zydeco. Yet I will admit that I actually enjoyed the few tracks that played. I know nothing of this Creed Bratton but will say he was down right Sarcastic. I disagree with his opinion of this band. Different stokes for different folks.

Apr 13, 2013 12:53AM
Saw Creed opening for other bands twice in 1998 when they were just starting to make noise nationally.  If they weren't the worst band I've ever seen, they weren't very far from it. How anyone could listen to that audio sewage is beyond me.
Apr 13, 2013 12:41AM
WOW.  This bitter, & sadly ignorant, man apparently has no idea that Creed was very good.
This band won 5 GRAMMY awards & had 6 more nominations, not to mention "has released 3 consecutive multi-platinum albums, 1 of which has been certified diamond and has sold over 28 million records in the US, & over 40 million albums worldwide, becoming the 9 best-selling artist of the 2000s. Creed is often recognized as one of the prominent acts of the post-grunge movement of the late 1990s and early 2000s and is 1 of the most commercially successful rock bands of all time. Billboard ranked Creed as the 18th best artist of the 2000s."
...Just thought I'd educate him a bit thanks to Wikipedia ;)
Apr 12, 2013 11:27PM
Apr 12, 2013 11:02PM
I really liked Creed. Mark Tremonti is very talented. I will say though I saw them on their downturn. I saw a show in Cincinnati that absolutely rocked out. The next night I saw them in Dayton and was one of the worst shows I ever seen. After the first 3 songs Strapp walked of stage the rest to soon follow after a few instrumentals. 45 minutes later they returned to play a lifeless show. What the heck happened?  Definitely some head butting going on. It was just weird to see the 2 extremes. They broke up after that tour.
Apr 12, 2013 10:52PM
Saracastic article; what is it that you don't like about the band Creed? that it is actually lyrics that can be repeated without blushing or appologizing?
Apr 12, 2013 10:45PM
Creed has plenty of good music, much better than half the crap on the radio these days.
Apr 12, 2013 10:35PM
I'd rather listen to Nicki Minaj and on it's own that sh*t is garbage. At least that transvestite gets girls shaking it.
Apr 12, 2013 10:10PM
Wait a minute here! If you are a father of a child then you will love their song, "With Arms Wide Open."  I am the father of a boy whom I am VERY proud of.  It is good to be DAD!  And CREED ROCKS!!!!
Apr 12, 2013 10:04PM
There really is no bad music!  What one person hates, another loves.   Mark Tremonti is the sh?t!
Apr 12, 2013 9:10PM

I mean Creed is no no Jay-Z but they do the best they can with what Obama gave them.

Apr 12, 2013 9:06PM
I thought Nickelback was the **** band everyone hated? Creed really isn't that bad, or at least they didn't used to be bad.
Apr 12, 2013 8:04PM
When was it decided everyone hates Creed?  I guess since the bullies say they aren't cool the rest of us are suppose to fall in line or be accused of being uncool.
Apr 12, 2013 7:54PM
One thing to note, the Grass Roots song was "Midnight Confessions", not "Midnight Temptation".
Apr 12, 2013 7:53PM
He's funny! ...also creed's music is kind of boring, and not very good...unless you are a teenage girl, then you might cry over a few songs.
Apr 12, 2013 7:52PM

What you see here is a frustrated musician throwing venom at some pretty damn good musicians. To talk smack like this about someone as talented Mark Tremonti is just plain stupid.  Creed is a little dated, but back in their heyday, they were a force to be reckoned with on the scene.  And since the sacking of Scott Stapp, the rest of the boys have really come into their own as Alter Bridge.  Tremonti and new frontman Myles Kennedy, are workaholics juggling their day job and then having solo projects and side projects going constantly.  Some of the stuff comes off a little campy, but there's some real kick **** stuff there too.  I like the Grass Roots too.  I have a few Roots songs on my mp3 player.  I'm in my 50's and I'm sure Mr. Bratton's got 20 years on me.  Hope I don't become that close minded when I'm his age...

Apr 12, 2013 7:44PM
I will not say Creed is bad, nor Nickleback or any of their contemporaries.  I will say that they are mediocre, and mediocrity sells. Not because people want mediocre music but, because the mediocre bands are the ones record companies push.  Selling millions of records does not make you good.  talent does that.  Search the web and see all of the truly talented acts, who, because they don't fit the industry mold, are not signed or promoted.  Listen, then decide if Creed is good or bad.  The Grass Roots were also medicre for their time.
Apr 12, 2013 7:40PM

I like Creed and Scott Stapp.  Saw them in concert and thought they gave an incredible show. 


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