Posted By RichC on March 11, 2019
Surprised even myself that I’ve not made a Music Monday post highlighting music from John Cougar Mellencamp since my parents square danced in the 1990s with his mother and father, Marilyn and Richard. I don’t recall meeting them at the few dances that Brenda and I attended, but I do remember my mom and dad mentioning the Mellencamps (although didn’t know their son’s music).
That said, John Mellencamp‘s career has been long and successful. His rough start in music came from performing in local teen bands in his home state of Indiana and he survived through the heavy drug influenced college existence back in 1972. For those of us who enjoyed his early “heartland rock” music and many years of great songs that followed, we’re glad he put most of that behind him. Unfortunately, I suspect the celebrity lifestyle has made his relationship life a challenge noting his three marriages and several high profile relationships in the past decade (currently engaged to Meg Ryan).
As for the music, my favorite is the Sidney, Ohio fitting “Small Town” (easily applies to me) and “Pink Houses” … but there is also a soft spot for his first big album American Fool with hits “Hurts So Good” and “Jack and Diane” as John Cougar (without the Mellencamp) in 1982 as well.
|John Mellencamp | Small Town – 1985|
|John Mellencamp | Pink Houses – 1983|
|John Mellencamp | Hurts So Good – 1982|
|John Mellencamp | Jack and Diane- 1982|