Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Underappreciated: John Mellencamp

My idea for starting an "underappreciated" entry was to call out folks who I think deserve more attention or reverence for what they've done, in an on-going manner. I didn't start with Pat Benatar because I'm some kind of super-fan, but because I like and respect what she's done and feel like peeps don't give her credit.

I probably own more John Mellencamp CDs than I do Pat Benatar. And I've seen him live. But I'm nowhere near considering myself a super-fan.

I do think he's put forth an ample amount of solid music. I'll try to spend a few days on John, since he's worthy of more than a single post. And I'll try to find some interesting bon mots from his Wikipedia entry (so if you want to fuck with me, go edit it with random shit). And out of respect for him, I'll only be referring to him as John Mellencamp since I think he admirably reclaimed the name and left the A&R-provided moniker in his past.

I'm gonna feature "Ain't Even Done with the Night" from 1980 as the first song. At the time, it was his highest charting US single (#17), from his Nothin' Matters and What if it Did lp.

"The singles were stupid little pop songs," he told Record Magazine in 1983. "I take no credit for that record. 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. It cost $280,000, do you believe that? 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 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."

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