Classic Rock Bottom

I started this one out using a record executive’s buzzword, just for fun.
We are up to John’s 1985 LP Scarecrow, a classic American rock album.
That year was also the start of Farm Aid, and I remember the hours & hours long telecast.
Farm Aid continues to this day, and while I do not doubt John’s concerned sincerity, it also marked the beginning of his opening his mouth other than to sing.
Singers sing, actors act- just don’t freakin’ preach to me!
You know who I am talking about…the list is endless.
If I need a celebrity to make a decision for me, I am a bigger asshole than they are!
Overall, I am not the least bit impressed with the intellectual capacity of celebrities, politicians or even doctors. I’d wipe ‘em out on any given night of Jeopardy!
Rant aside, I like Mellencamp’s music a lot, and he forced his band to learn vintage rock, r&b and soul songs.
Good move.
One of the great joys in life is hearing a song you forgot existed.
Even after looking at the list on an album or CD, you don’t recognize the title- and it is not until you actually hear the song that you realize how much you loved the old bugger!
That happened a few times with these shows, and I’ll point them out to you in case you had forgotten their existence too.
Gonna end this one by setting off a Cherry Bomb.
I’m back to my aforementioned rebel, cantankerous, mischievous streak, lol!
One more Mellen to go.
Here's the link to more good old Rock & Roll, at WLSO.FM:

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Comment by Mike Pell on January 14, 2011 at 4:25pm



You can call Mellencamp a lot of things, and I have, but not disco, lol

Neils it's seems like you have, and have heard, all his music worth hearing.



Comment by Niels (Mod) on January 14, 2011 at 3:41am
The oldest album I've got is "John Cougar" from 1979, and it's a pretty good album. The first time I ever heard Mellenmcamp, was when my big sister bought "Jack and Diane" as a single in 1982, but at that time I was mostly into Heavy Metal, so for me, it sounded allmost like the rest of the Disco-tunes, my sister was listening to at that time.
Comment by Mike Pell on January 14, 2011 at 12:27am
I just played it at home...I "checked it out', lol!
Very good, above-average lyrics!
But I can't play them all, and it didn't make the cut first time around cause I wasn't as familiar with it as the other songs, no offense. 
And maybe after that two week onslaught, I need to stay away from Mellencamp for a while, lol!
So you were a bit of a latecomer to John, and prefer that middle period.
Nothing wrong with that, it's good stuff- but I hope you went back and listened to the early stuff too.
Good to hear from you Niels, thanks,
Comment by Niels (Mod) on January 13, 2011 at 9:38am

.....and the SECOND chance you'll get, maybe you can play "Check it out"?

Also my favorite periode "with" Mellencamp. The first JM-album I bought, was "Scarecrow" in '85, and then I went out and bought "Uh Huh" a few weeks later.

Comment by Mike Pell on January 12, 2011 at 10:10pm

Thanks RJ.

It doesn't add anything to the song for me, but it didn't hurt either.

I was waiting for the Dueling Banjos kid in Deliverance to show up, lol!

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on January 12, 2011 at 6:10am

Well Mike, just for you:


Comment by Mike Pell on January 11, 2011 at 11:52pm
Yeah baby, the Year Of The Pell!
Common folk? Do you mean the little people?
I've never met one, LOL!
You know, I really appreciate it when people like you get my little quips.
And alright, I got the message, Minutes To Memories- and I'll play it first chance I get.
Try and work it into a show.
So Paper And Fire you remember from the video, well I guess MTV accidentally did something right, lol!
Glad you dug Cherry Bomb this time around.
Maybe because it sneaked up on you, lol!
Thanks for the comments as always,
Comment by Mike Pell on January 11, 2011 at 11:33pm
That's great man, you agree with me.
There are so many rockers and Hollywood types lecturing me, I have to squeeze any new ones in on Thursdays at 4 o'clock, lol!
And most of the things they say are so idiotic, they only could agree with EACH OTHER!
I don't want or need their views or input.
Yeah, isn't that great when you hear a long-forgotten song like Rumble Seat?
Nice that I could bring a forgotten one back for you.
I figured you were into lyrics, but sometimes songs just seem to slip by without our really listening- can't explain why.
Ok, we are going into uncharted territory...a dimension of sight and sound...LOL!
And for you and RJ, are there any songs you want? I'll send them.
Good to hear from you,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on January 11, 2011 at 10:38am

Another good show on the Cougar, during The Year Of The Pell.  I agree, I think this is your year.  Just remember us common folk when you make it big. 


Lonely Ol' Night, Scarecrow, Rumbleseat, Paper In Fire and Cherry Bomb...all very good songs by Mellancamp.  You had me scared that you weren't going to play Scarecrow, but you came through.  You did leave off his best song (my opinion of course) from the same album, Minutes To Memories.  Listen to it if you get a chance.  What a great story with a great message.  And just listen to how Mellancamp kicks it up a notch when he hits the high notes towards the end.


By the way, I remember Paper And Fire, and from the video for the song.  I know how you feel about videos.


I was never a big fan of Cherry Bomb, but maybe that was a bit harsh.  I liked it here for some reason.  Must be that contex thing again.

Comment by Scott on January 11, 2011 at 9:22am

YES YES YES!  Stick to what you do best and leave your social and politcal views to your lyrics/music where I can decide if I want to participate in it or not.  Hollywood and the famous really get under my skin with their views and the notion that they know something we don't and their influence is critical to my understanding of today's social and political climate!  They really come off as stupid and out of touch.


OK, thanks for letting say that I will listen now...


Lonely Ol' Night is very cool song, it still sounds really really good.  He really nailed his signature sound on Uh Huh and Scarecrow.  Love the Rumble Seat track!  So good! and your right again, what a cool feeling to hear a song you haven't heard for years! 


After Lonesome Jubilee I lost track of him as he started to sound the same (IMO), and as referenced earlier became more of a voice than a music artist.  Really love Cherry Bomb though I didn't have any idea it was about getting older.  That tells you how much value I put on lyrics?  Just for the record, I do value lyrics, more for some artists than others, I tend to ignore some I don't agree with and try to enjoy the music...


I liked this show a lot!  You made me remember a song I'd completely forgotten about, and you took me to the edge of my John Mellencamp knowledge, now we go into uncharted territory, at least for me.  Looking forward...



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