After delivering a hit album Uh Huh  in 1983 containing an important song,”Pink Houses“, in August 1985 John Mellencamp proved that he could continue the streak of mass popularity even while upping his game with more timely, socially-aware songwriting on Scarecrow .

Already his eighth album, Scarecrow  contained the bleak lament to the small generational farmer “Rain on the Scarecrow”; the love letter to simpler American life “Small Town“; the unblinking two-in-the-morning relationship come on “Lonely Ol’ Night”; the four minute novelette “Minutes to Memories“; and the namecheck rave up “R.O.C.K. in the USA”. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp joins me here In the Studio  on Scarecrow‘s thirty-fifth anniversary the week of August 3. –Redbeard