He had already influenced the sound of Pop music earlier in the Eighties by moving drummer Kenny Aronoff up front in the mix on the #1 hit “Jack and Diane” and “Hurt So Good”, and with his ninth album “The Lonesome Jubilee” in August 1987, John Mellencamp not only influenced Pop and Rock but infiltrated the citadel sound of Nashville as well. Almost instantly, acts as diverse as Paul Simon and The Talking Heads took notice. John Mellencamp is my guest In the Studio.
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What a great band, live off the garage floor- literally- no overdubs, samples, tricks. This is the way you do it, folks, recorded at rehearsal in John Mellencamp’s garage in the snow-covered hills of Central Indiana just before Christmas 1991 . Now light ’em up.- Redbeard
As we approach the anniversary of the uber-influential release of John Mellencamp’s The Lonesome Jubilee album, you are invited to “check it out” at rehearsal literally in Mellencamp’s garage in rural Indiana just before Christmas 1991. In the Studio exclusive.
When JohnMellencamp’s fourth album American Fool yielded three Top Twenty hits in April 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 “Johnny Cougar”…in a move which would cause the musician considerable chagrin for the better part of ten years. John Mellencamp joins me In the Studio for this classic rock interview fof his breakthrough multi-million seller “American Fool”.
John Mellencamp and his wonderfully talented band left his garage in Central Indiana back in early May 1989 and headed north by northwest to legendary Chicago Chess Studio and cut this live version of the Willie Dixon song made famous by Johnny Rivers , “Seventh Son”, straight off the studio floor, no overdubs. –Redbeard
Just a few days prior to Christmas 1991, John Mellencamp was rehearsing his band in his garage, literally, in the snow-covered hills of Central Indiana, in preparation for their upcoming 1992 tour. I was invited to interview him and record the band in rehearsal , thus this performance of “Jack and Diane” is absolutely live, no overdubs. In memory of accordion/keyboard player John Cascella.-Redbeard
By the time John Mellencamp released October 1991’s “Whenever We Wanted” , containing the hits “Get a Leg Up” and “Again Tonight”, his record-making not only made him one of the Eighties’ most popular singer/ songwriters, he had already influenced the sound of his peers…twice. John Mellencamp is my guest In the Studio.
Before arenas and stadiums, even the most popular bands in history started in someone’s garage, carport, or basement. Some of today’s biggest Hall of Famers, such as John Mellencamp and his excellent band, still rehearse there, as I found out one snowy Christmas season in 1991. “Get a Leg Up” comes straight off the garage floor, no overdubs.
John Mellencamp’s “Scarecrow” album released in August 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’s “Minutes to Memories”, worthy of inclusion in the great Paul Simon songbook, which revealed his songcraft to me.
This acoustic performance of “Rain on the Scarecrow” was absolutely live on my Q102 Dallas/ Ft Worth afternoon radio show in October 1991 with Mike Wanchic on guitar and Kenny Aronoff playing alongside John Mellencamp