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  • Any Love for John Cougar Mellencamp?

    just saw him the other night on Seth Myers and got to wondering if he might be one of the most under rated rock 'n' rollers ever? Certainly been one of my faves and he's been in the biz since the '70s.
    Johnny Cougar has a long history of music that defined a generation of Americana. Songs like "Hurts So Good" and "Jack and Diane...
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    Music listeners of the '80s witnessed the maturation of John Mellencamp into a serious artist and songwriter. His best songs from the entire period confirm this.
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    • #3
      What are the best albums by John Mellencamp? BestEverAlbums.com brings together thousands of 'greatest ever album' charts and calculates an overall ranking.
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      • #4
        I've always thought that if he was from let's say, New Jersey, instead of Indiana, he'd be held in higher regard.

        "Scarecrow" is his masterpiece and "Uh Huh" is an excellent album. Both are audiophile quality.

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        • mep
          mep commented
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          I think you are right about the hometown location. I was never a Bruce Springsteen fan and having lived in South Jersey and North Jersey, I'm not a fan of the state either. The one good thing they do have is great food though-especially South Jersey. Mom and Pop hoagie shops on every corner and they are all good. Everybody uses the same hoagie roll which comes out of Philly. There is nothing else like it anywhere. The Italian restaurants are just killer.

        • MylesBAstor
          MylesBAstor commented
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          And Stewarts root beer. Or Hiram's foot long Hot Dogs in Fort Lee, NJ.

        • lasercd
          lasercd commented
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          The bread is from Sarcone's in Philly.

      • #5
        what doc said, I like him a lot. He was one of the opening acts for Stones on their Tattoo You tour back in '81. it was a stadium show and quite memorable.
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        • #6
          First of all, he absolutely hates to be referred to as John Cougar or John Cougar Mellencamp. The record label came up with that ridiculous name because they didn't think John Mellencamp was going to sell any records to the public. John had to phase out the Cougar from his name slowly until he was finally able to make it disappear from his albums.
          His first albums were titled "John Cougar" and later as he fought his battle to regain the right to use his real name, it changed to "John Cougar Mellencamp" and then finally to just John Mellencamp.

          He still lives here in southern IN as he truly likes small towns and IN. He attends lots of IU home basketball games and people pretty much leave him alone which is what he wants.
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          • MylesBAstor
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            He's also IIRC done a lot of benefit concerts for Farm Aid over the years.

        • #7
          I have the first 4 on that lists plus NO BETTER THAN THIS, which is a mono release and I quite like it.
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          • #8
            I have a couple of his disks. Not much of a fan. I heard he hates one of his biggest hits, jack and diane. I think I have the album mofi did in the 90's,
            The Lonesome Jubilee.
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            • #9
              He's one of those artists I kinda put aside, but every time I cue him up I enjoy his music.
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              • #10
                I can enjoy his music. Saw him live around 4 years ago. Came away more impressed with his artistry.
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                • #11
                  Originally posted by jazdoc View Post
                  I've always thought that if he was from let's say, New Jersey, instead of Indiana, he'd be held in higher regard.

                  "Scarecrow" is his masterpiece and "Uh Huh" is an excellent album. Both are audiophile quality.
                  Just picked up a good condition copy of Uh Huh on record store day. Needs another trip through the wash still.
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                  • #12
                    I always thought he was one of the few redeeming rock acts in the '80s. The '80s were really a rock music wasteland. On the other hand, we wouldn't have had grunge in the '90s without the lousy '80s.
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                    • #13
                      Today's John (Cougar) Melloncamp WFDU HD2 radio show is the final AnalogPlanet radio show. It's sure been fun but it takes up a great deal of time producing and researching—much of every weekend—and it's time to put it to bed, though it's been a fantastic experience.
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                      • #14
                        I have 4 Albums and 2 CD's of his work. I have to admit that I do not listen to them much. I was a pretty big fan in the 80's. Being kind of an alternative guy, I avoided some of his most commercial material. After 1st two albums(Very rock oriented), he released a number of albums that had kind of a heartland, Midwest sound that mixed some folk influences with traditional rock. On mid 80's albums, the themes reflected some really nice simple pleasures and some of the lost hope of living in rural America at the time.
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                        • #15
                          I remember seeing "Johnny Cougar" posters in the underground stations in London back in the late 70's.

                          He's a Farm Aid guys so props to him!

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                          • Hawk
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                            Forgot about Farm Aid. Cued up "Big Daddy" for old times sake. With a beer in hand, it was good.
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