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Thread started 04/22/18 8:20pm

JabarR74

John Mellencamp: Jack & Diane

Who here remembers thi classic by John Mellencamp?

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Reply #1 posted 04/22/18 8:33pm

MickyDolenz

JabarR74 said:

Who here remembers thi classic by John Mellencamp?

Since they still play this all the time on the local oldies & also the classic rock station, it's not easy to forget.

It's almost as if it's a new song the amount of airplay it gets now plus Authority Song & Small Town too.

For 75 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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Reply #2 posted 04/22/18 11:28pm

JabarR74

MickyDolenz said:

JabarR74 said:

Who here remembers thi classic by John Mellencamp?

Since they still play this all the time on the local oldies & also the classic rock station, it's not easy to forget.

It's almost as if it's a new song the amount of airplay it gets now plus Authority Song & Small Town too.

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Reply #3 posted 04/25/18 6:43am

domainator2010

Me! I remember! smile

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Reply #4 posted 04/25/18 7:50am

purplethunder3
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Don't forget Little Prink Houses. That gets played a lot, too. lol

Don't let the bastards grind you down!
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Reply #5 posted 04/29/18 10:16pm

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With no exaggeration, I'd argue this is one of the best rock songs ever written. Brilliant snapshot of the ennui and simple conceits of middle American youth through the latter 20th century -- and the preciousness of that vantage point becomes increasingly evident everytime the aging listener returns to the song.

Ὅσον ζῇς φαίνου
μηδὲν ὅλως σὺ λυποῦ
πρὸς ὀλίγον ἐστὶ τὸ ζῆν
τὸ τέλος ὁ χρόνος ἀπαιτεῖ.”
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Reply #6 posted 04/30/18 1:22pm

OnlyNDaUsa

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someone once wrote a parody of that with me and a very uptight coworker... as a gay couple... he was so mad. I thought it was hilarious.

Anyone for banning the AR15 must be on the side of the criminal as once banned only criminals will have them.
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Reply #7 posted 06/08/18 9:06pm

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John Mellencamp Talks Taking a Knee During 'Colbert' Performance
by Cathy Applefeld Olson • June 6, 2018 • Billboard

John Mellencamp holds a distinct station among chroniclers of the modern American experience. As has been borne out in nearly four decades of songs, more than 20 of them top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, the lexicon of his story telling is that of the farmer, the small town purveyor, the boundless spaces sprawled between the headlines. But don’t expect him to expound much on that ethos, or even take credit for his role in giving voice to topics that have inspired all stripes of social activism, including Farm Aid.

As the Grammy winner, member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and ASCAP Founders Award honoree prepares to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 14, he tells Billboard his songs always choose him, and he’s more convinced than ever the barometer he continues to hold up on new album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is misunderstood by the majority of his audience.

When you were inducted into the Rock Hall I was taken with your comments about your role as the guy who just keeps pushing the boulder back up the hill.
Yes, I do see myself as Sisyphus.

You’ve said many of your songs are more relevant now than they were when you wrote them. How did you have the insight to write, say, a “Jack and Diane” when you were in your early twenties?
If you write about the smallest common denominators of life, they will always be relevant.

Your songwriting has always shined with vivid storytelling. From where are you drawing current inspiration?
Starting in 1985, I relinquished listening to myself and what I wanted to write about. I am open and do not try to direct the topic or the spirit of any song I write.

Do you feel your lyrics are truly heard and understood by your audience?
No, I do not feel they are understood by the majority of the audience. You would think with 7.5 billion people in the world, one person would take the time to sit down and listen to the words of my songs and read between the lines.

For your latest album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies you teamed with Carlene Carter. What was that experience like?
Carlene Carter and I have a wonderful working relationship. It’s like writing with my sister. It’s like performing with my sister.

The new album seems at its core to be about a spectrum of struggles. Can you share the songwriting process this time around?
I do not pick what I write about. It picks me. I’ve never sat down to write a song about struggle, or happiness or love. I only write what is sent to me.

When you guested on The Late Show in February you took a knee during your performance of “Easy Target.” What was the significance of that moment for you?
I’ve never planned anything in my life. Taking a knee felt like nothing. At the time, it felt like part of the performance. After the fact, I hope it made some kind of difference.

For 75 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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Reply #8 posted 06/09/18 6:44am

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I'm so old I knew him as John Cougar. biggrin

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Reply #9 posted 06/09/18 5:54pm

S2DG

The interesting thing about this tune that I didn't know until recently is that Mark Ronson help construct it.

You may know him as David Bowie's guitarist as one of the Spiders from Mars.

He went on to play with Ian Hunter as well but I never knew his roll in creating this iconic 80s hit.

[Edited 6/9/18 17:55pm]

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Reply #10 posted 06/10/18 11:02am

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When I drive from Michigan and Fort Wayne IN they play a lot of Mellencamp music... Jack & Diane/ Little Pink Houses are seldom played.

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Reply #11 posted 06/10/18 1:01pm

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Cherry Bomb is scrappier.

"My motherfucker's so cool sheep count him."
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Reply #12 posted 06/16/18 7:08pm

Tontoman22

PennyPurple said:

I'm so old I knew him as John Cougar. biggrin

That's right, he was John Cougar when Jack and Diane was on the charts.

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Reply #13 posted 06/19/18 11:39am

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We visited the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame a few months ago, and they had a special John Mellencamp exhibit. I have a whole new appreciation for him now - especially his artwork (paintings).

He cites himself as a visual artist first, musician second.

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