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John Mellencamp- Whenever We Wanted 30th Anniversary

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- Get a Leg Up- garage 12-91

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- Jack and Diane 12-91 garage

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

John Mellencamp- Martha Say- Dec 1991

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 .