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This was Mellencamp's last album to be released under the name John Cougar. All songs written by John Mellencamp , except where noted. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Take What You Want. The Whore. Too Young To Live. Young Genocides. More Albums. Whenever We Wanted.
They're So Tough. Now More Than Ever. His songs document the joys and struggles of ordinary people seeking to make their way, and he has consistently brought the fresh air of common experience to the typically glamour-addled world of popular music. In , Billboard magazine editor-in-chief Timothy White said:. John has made fiddles , hammer dulcimers , Autoharps sic and accordions [into] lead rock instruments on a par with electric guitar , bass, and drums, and he also brought what he calls 'a raw Appalachian' lyrical outlook to his songs.
Mellencamp's best music is rock 'n roll stripped of all escapism, and it looks directly at the messiness of life as it's actually lived. In his music, mortality, anxiety, acts of God, questions of romance and brotherhood, and crises of conscience all collide and demand hard decisions.
This is rock music that tells the truth on both its composer and the culture he's observing. He's always been somewhat feisty, and his 'Authority Song' tells that story. But that's a good thing. That's rock 'n' roll at its very core.
Johnny Cash called Mellencamp "one of the 10 best songwriters" in music. Mellencamp is of German ancestry. He was born with spina bifida , for which he had corrective surgery as an infant. Mellencamp formed his first band, Crepe Soul, at the age of 14  and later played in the local bands Trash, Snakepit Banana Barn and the Mason Brothers. When Mellencamp was 18, he married his pregnant girlfriend Priscilla Esterline. Mellencamp became a father in December , only six months after he graduated from high school.
His daughter, Michelle, later became a mother at age 18, making Mellencamp a grandfather at Mellencamp attended Vincennes University , a two-year college in Vincennes, Indiana , starting in During this time he abused drugs and alcohol, stating in a Rolling Stone interview, "When I was high on pot, it affected me so drastically that when I was in college there were times when I wouldn't get off the couch.
I would lie there, listening to Roxy Music , right next to the record player so I wouldn't have to get up to flip the record over. I'd listen to this record, that record. There would be four or five days like that when I would be completely gone. During his college years, Mellencamp played in several local bands, including the glitter-band Trash, which was named for a New York Dolls song, and he later got a job in Seymour installing telephones. During this period, Mellencamp, who had given up drugs and alcohol before graduating from college, decided to pursue a career in music and traveled to New York City in an attempt to land a record contract.
Mellencamp confessed in a interview: "That [name] was put on me by some manager. I went to New York and everybody said, 'You sound like a hillbilly. I was totally unaware of it until it showed up on the album jacket.
When I objected to it, he said, 'Well, either you're going to go for it, or we're not going to put the record out. At Gaff's request, Mellencamp moved to London, England, for nearly a year to record, promote and tour behind 's A Biography.
It wasn't like the title was made up — it wasn't supposed to be punky or cocky like some people thought. Toward the end, I didn't even go to the studio.
Me and the guys in the band thought we were finished, anyway. It was the most expensive record I ever made. The worst thing was that I could have gone on making records like that for hundreds of years. Hell, as long as you sell a few records and the record company isn't putting a lot of money into promotion, you're making money for 'em and that's all they care about.
PolyGram loved Nothin' Matters. They thought I was going to turn into the next Neil Diamond. In , Mellencamp released his breakthrough album, American Fool , which contained the singles " Hurts So Good ", an uptempo rock tune that spent four weeks at No.
The record company thought it would bomb, but I think the reason it took off was — not that the songs were better than my others — but people liked the sound of it, the 'bam-bam-bam' drums. It was a different sound. With some commercial success under his belt, Mellencamp had enough clout to force the record company to add his real surname, Mellencamp, to his stage moniker. In , Rolling Stone magazine called this version of Mellencamp's band "one of the most powerful and versatile live bands ever assembled.
Since college, Mellencamp, with the exception of his continuing addiction to nicotine, has lived a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. In , when asked about his views on drugs, he told Bill Holdship of Creem magazine, "If you want to stick needles in your arms, go ahead and fucking do it. You're the one that's going to pay the consequences.
I don't think it's a good idea, and I sure don't advocate it, but I'm not going to judge people. Hell, if that was the case, you wouldn't like anyone in the music business because everyone's blowing cocaine. In , Mellencamp released Scarecrow , which peaked at No. A Salute to '60s Rock " No. According to the February edition of Creem Magazine , Mellencamp wanted to incorporate the sound of classic '60s rock into Scarecrow , and he gave his band close to a hundred old singles to learn "almost mathematically verbatim" prior to recording the album.
Take an old Rascals song for example — there's everything from marching band beats to soul music to country sounds in one song. Learning those opened the band's vision to try new things on my songs.
It wasn't let's go back and try to make this part fit into my song, but I wanted to capture the same feeling — the way those songs used to make you feel. After a while, we didn't even have to talk about it anymore. If you listen to the lead Larry [Crane] plays on 'Face of the Nation,' he never would have played that 'cause he didn't really know who the Animals were.
He's young, and he grew up listening to Grand Funk Railroad. You hear it, and it's like 'where did that come from? Scarecrow was the first album Mellencamp recorded at his own recording studio, jokingly dubbed "Belmont Mall", located in Belmont, Indiana and built in Mellencamp sees Scarecrow as the start of the alternative country genre: "I think I invented that whole 'No Depression' thing with the Scarecrow album, though I don't get the credit," he told Classic Rock magazine in October Part of the No Depression mythology requires either a tragic early death or decades of unacknowledged masterpieces created during a life of grueling poverty.
Prior to the —86 Scarecrow Tour, during which he covered some of the same s rock and soul songs he and his band rehearsed prior to the recording of Scarecrow , Mellencamp added fiddle player Lisa Germano to his band. Germano would remain in Mellencamp's band until , when she left to pursue a solo career.
We had a very distinct vision of what should be happening here. At one point, The Lonesome Jubilee was supposed to be a double album, but at least 10 of the songs I'd written just didn't stick together with the idea and the sound we had in mind. So I just put those songs on a shelf, and cut it back down to a single record. Now, in the past, it was always 'Let's make it up as we go along' — and we did make some of The Lonesome Jubilee up as we went along.
But we had a very clear idea of what we wanted it to sound like, even before it was written, right through to the day it was mastered. As Frank DiGiacomo of Vanity Fair wrote in , " The Lonesome Jubilee was the album in which Mellencamp defined his now signature sound: a rousing, crystalline mix of acoustic and electric guitars, Appalachian fiddle, and gospel-style backing vocals, anchored by a crisp, bare-knuckle drumbeat and completed by his own velveteen rasp.
During the —88 Lonesome Jubilee Tour, Mellencamp was joined onstage by surprise guest Bruce Springsteen at the end of his May 26, gig in Irvine, California, for a duet of Bob Dylan 's " Like a Rolling Stone ", which Mellencamp performed as the penultimate song during each show on that tour.
The album, which Mellencamp called at the time the most "earthy" record he'd ever made, is also the last to feature the "Cougar" moniker. In , Mellencamp said: "'Big Daddy' was the best record I ever made. Out of my agony came a couple of really beautiful songs. You can't be 22 years old and had two dates and understand that album. Mellencamp was heavily involved in painting at this time in his life and decided not to tour behind Big Daddy , stating: "What's the point?
This other step that people keep wanting me to take to become another level of recording artist — to be Madonna? To sell out? To bend over? To kiss somebody's ass? I ain't gonna do it. Mellencamp's album, Whenever We Wanted , was the first with a cover billed to John Mellencamp; the "Cougar" was finally dropped for good. In , he released Human Wheels , and the title track peaked at No. We explored what a lot of these current bands are doing — these young black bands that are doing more than just sampling.
The album also contained two protest songs in "L. Others have just one guitar, bass, and drums, which I haven't done since American Fool.Jun 25, · 50+ videos Play all Mix - R GANG BY JOHN COUGAR. RARE KID INSIDE ALBUM Mellencamp YouTube; Kid Inside - Duration: John Mellencamp 2, views. Cheap Shot - Duration: John.