If the Eighties made anyone a star, it was John Mellencamp. 1981’s American Fool gave him two legit big hits in “Hurt So Good” and “Jack and Diane“, along the way influencing the sound of rock and pop with a big forward drum sound from emerging in-demand percussionist Kenny Aronoff. Uh Huh in 1983 made John Mellencamp […]
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Christmas 1991 John Mellencamp rehearsing his band in his garage, literally, thus this performance of “Jack and Diane” is absolutely live, no overdubs.
John Mellencamp‘s 1985 Scarecrow album released in Autumn 1985 was loaded with hits, including “Small Town”,”Lonely Ol’ Night“, and “R.O.C.K. in the USA“. His list of Top 20 hit songs is extensive enough to require the double-disc Words and Music compilation, but it was the album tracks starting with Scarecrow which revealed his songcraft to […]
He had no way of knowing of course, but when John Mellencamp used his first-hand knowledge of the crippling economic, climate-related, and legislative squeeze play that befell the independent American family farmer thirty years ago in the song “Rain on the Scarecrow”, he was writing about my maternal great-grandfather Frank Warford, who lived, farmed from […]
When John Mellencamp performed a live acoustic version of “Small Town” on my Dallas radio show in October 1991, he had already become ambivalent about the effect that the 1985 ginormous hit was having on his career long-term. Mellencamp told me that day that he felt that too many people who discovered him through that […]
I spent part of my Christmas holiday 1991 in an A-frame cabin with a woodburning stove in the still snow-covered woods among the hills and “hollers” of Central Indiana’s Brown County . But we weren’t there for skiing or even simply to chill out . Instead , I was there to record the private rehearsal for the upcoming John Mellencamp tour .
When John Mellencamp’s third major label album yelded three Top Twenty hits in 1982 including “Hurt So Good” (#2) followed by his first #1, “Jack and Diane”, only two entities were as equally relieved as John: his ambitious English manager and his long suffering US record company. The former had negotiated John’s record deal as […]
I spent part of my Christmas holiday 1991 in an A-frame cabin with a wood burning stove in the still, snow-covered woods among the hills and “hollers” of Central Indiana’s Brown County. But we weren’t there for skiing or even simply to chill out. Instead, I was there to record the private band rehearsal for […]
To celebrate Labor Day in America this upcoming weekend, here is the Dallas live acoustic performance of “Pink Houses” on my Q102 radio show 10-1-91 with Mike Wanchic on acoustic guitar & harmonies and the great Kenny Aronoff on tambourine. It came out so good that John Mellencamp‘s record label asked to release it as […]
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