Classic Rock Bottom

Continuing on, John Mellencamp’s breakthrough album was American Fool.
He won a Grammy and had his only # 1 song on Billboard.
I mentioned in this episode that in my life I have always been known to be somewhat rebellious.
Engineer Ken started laughing hysterically.
Even after the show, and I had forgotten about it, he was still laughing and breaking my chops about it!
Since he knows me so well, he found great humor in my rather casual statement.
In fact, I am a Class A Rebel and always have been, lol!
So, a song for that, which is how the subject came up, and I have loved it since the first time I heard it.
And IT ALWAYS MAKES ME DANCE- even sitting down!
“Been doing it since I was a young kid…”
We’ll close this chapter with an interesting contrast.
One by John and one by a group that did their song 7 years earlier.
And an awful lot of people think they sound a little too much alike!
More John Whatshisname coming.
Here's the link to a portion of my anti-authority world lol, at WLSO.FM:

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Comment by Mike Pell on January 11, 2011 at 3:20am

You can find any video you want here, as long as its rap or hip hop, or a show about rap and hip hop music, or the home of a rap or hip hop star...


What are you...breaking my balls, lol?

Yeah, that's what I want, more bad poetry!

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on January 10, 2011 at 1:37pm
Or they can rename MTV...You can find any video you want here, as long as its rap or hip hop, or a show about rap and hip hop music, or the home of a rap or hip hop star...
Comment by Mike Pell on January 9, 2011 at 11:27pm
Nice going and thanks- if I can't get to the video, you will make sure the video gets to me, lol!
There is the infamous ladder!
I have holes in my pants too, and I pretty much dance like John- now and then I have the cigarette too.
And I used to jump parking meters, risking my genitals, lol!
But I don't wear white socks with shoes, lol!
That was fact, I actually enjoyed it.
Thanks again,
Comment by Mike Pell on January 9, 2011 at 11:26pm
In my area of Brooklyn, it took forever to get cable- it was a very lucrative section, so the cable companies and the politicians all had to be paid off, it truly took decades before we got it.
I was the easiest sell ever, they just came to my door and I said give it to me.
I could watch freakin' hockey games now, lol!
So I wasn't there for the MTV explosion in the 80's, but I did watch it when I got it.
The videos bored me after awhile.
They either had nothing to do with the song, or worse, they were telling me what the song was supposed to be about after I had my own interpretation.
My youngest brother LOVES them, but I am quite happy just listening to the music.
Music videos don't bother me though, and naturally there are some I like.
The arrival of rap & hip-hop turned me off though.
No kidding not so much now- it seems MTV should change their name, you can't FIND a video, lol!
I like that Buggles song and have played it on the show, and will again undoubtedly.
I just don't need videos, I am dull and boring- however a hot babe will get my!
Comment by Scott on January 9, 2011 at 8:28am
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on January 9, 2011 at 7:53am
Mike, you have to remember that Scott and Myself (I think we are about the same age), were there for the MTV explosion.  At the time, it was so cool to see bands or artists that you liked performing in a video.  So many songs make us think directly of the video, especially 80's music.  You should check an occasional one out on youtube.  MTV may have killed the radio star, but it was really cool for a while.  Not so much now.
Comment by Mike Pell on January 9, 2011 at 12:43am
I had to go back and listen to find out what that first song was, lol!
It did sound crisp and a good start to the day.
Uh Huh is indeed one great album, and rebellion goes way back to the beginnings of Rock & Roll, pretty much the REASON for it!
Without looking it up, I thought Petty's battles came later but I could be wrong.
So Crumblin' Down is #1 on your John Whateverhisnameis list, and Authority Song is my absolute favorite by him.
I don't know why, but I have never been much for videos, people mention them to me and I just look puzzled, a deer caught in the headlights, lol!
Him dancing around that ladder is completely unknown to me...hahahahaha!
In the studio, I am sitting down, that is, when I am not running out to Engineer Ken to tell him my newest bright idea for the next song- I really do pick the music free-form, although sometimes I have a vague idea about what I want to play.
So we have to find the song and I have to get back in before the one playing is over.
But I dance my way in and out, while sitting down, and occasionally I jump up, tearing the headphones off my head, lol!
But no ladder, just a padded room.
And like with RJ, that is so cool that I could be the one to smartly reveal those similarities between R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A. and That's What I Like About You.
Besides being a Dancin' Rebel, I am sharp like that, lol!
Thanks for the listen and comments, keeps me on my dancing toes,
Comment by Scott on January 7, 2011 at 8:15am

I love the opening tune.  Wow did it sound really fresh for some reason, maybe it was just a perfect start of the day. 


Uh Huh is my absolute favorite album from him.  Such an honest record.  Loved the rebellion in it from the music, to the lyrics to its production quality!  I think Uh Huh touched off quite a change in some artists.  Didn't Tom Petty's record company battles and change in sound happen around the same time?  Not sure why that came to mind but it seems to be related in some funny way.


Crumblin' Down is #1 on my John Whateverhisnameis list.  I can still see him dancing around that ladder in the video version of it!


Your a dancer too? Did you have a ladder in the studio when you recroded this?  hahahahaha


WOW - listening to ROCK In The USA and What I Like About You back to Back was really strange...  Never would have thought of that.


You Dancin' Rebel you!!!!

Comment by Mike Pell on January 7, 2011 at 5:07am
Happy New Year to you too bro!
You are sharp, these are older shows I am playing while I work on a couple of new projects.
I am sorry, I don't know how in the world could I leave off Ain't Even Done With The Night.
Although that warm summer evening it must be played on seems a ways off, lol!
Hey, maybe that's why I didn't play it!
And Play Guitar is a great song, I have no excuse for leaving that out- but maybe I didn't.
My only saving chance is that I haven't touched up the next hour yet and listened to what I played.
It's tough to remember a few years later just what you did, but that does make it enjoyable for me too- it's almost new to me.
Makes it like I am listening to some other guy playing records...and the dude is damn good, lol!
Honestly though, I don't remember playing your all-time favorite JCM song, Minutes To Memories.
Maybe that dude ain't that good after all, I mean it is your FAVORITE, lol!
I do remember that I was tempted to do a 3rd week of Mellencamp because there were still so many good songs left over, but I didn't want to push it, there are some people who don't like him, just like with any artist and choice I make.
That was cool that I could be the one to point it out to you, I knew there were folks who had never noticed the similarities between R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A. and That's What I Like About You.
Glad you enjoyed it, and we will both discover what I played next, lol!
Thanks for listening and writing, it's always fun for me,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on January 6, 2011 at 10:39am

Mike, Happy New Year bro.  Guess what?  I've got more to say in part 2 than I had in part 1. 


But, my first comment comes from a song you left out of part 1, and I didn't realize it until today.  Now, I know you can't play every song you'd like to, but you should know by now which songs to play based on my favorites :-)  Just kidding, I'm pretty sure this is an older show, right?  But how in the world could you leave off Ain't Even Done With The Night?  That is my favorite JCM song that doesn't come off of Scarecrow.  The ambience of that song is perfect.  It must be played in the south on a warm summer's evening.  That's where it belongs.


Excellent playlist for part 2.  I did notice that Play Guitar didn't make the cut.  That's a pretty good song as well.


Now, my big question is will you play my all-time favorite JCM song?  It comes from Scarecrow and it would be called Minutes To Memories.  I'll find out when part 3 gets here, right?  By the way, I never realized how much R.O.C.K. In The USA sounded like What I Like About You.  That's awesome info. 


Stupendous show, I must say.

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