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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.
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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". John Mellencamp joins me here In the Studio on "Scarecrow" 's thirty-fifth anniversary the week of August 3.