I was totally unaware of it until it showed up on the album jacket.
When I objected to it, he said, 'Well, either you're going to go for it, or we're not going to put the record out.' So that was what I had to do...
His songs document the joys and struggles of ordinary people seeking to make their way, and he has consistently brought the fresh air of common experience to the typically glamour-addled world of popular music." John Mellencamp is arguably the most important roots rocker of his generation.
but I thought the name was pretty silly." Mellencamp recorded The Kid Inside, the follow-up to Chestnut Street Incident, in 1977, but De Fries eventually decided against releasing the album and Mellencamp was dropped from MCA records (De Fries finally released The Kid Inside in early 1983, after Mellencamp achieved stardom).Mellencamp drew interest from Rod Stewart's manager, Billy Gaff, after parting ways with De Fries and was signed onto the small Riva Records label.Mellencamp confessed in a 2005 interview: "That [name] was put on me by some manager.I went to New York and everybody said, 'You sound like a hillbilly.' And I said, 'Well, I am.' So that's where he came up with that name."To be real honest, there's three good songs on that record, and the rest is just sort of filler," Mellencamp told Creem Magazine of American Fool in 1984.
"It was too labored over, too thought about, and it wasn't organic enough. According to the February 1986 edition of Creem Magazine, Mellencamp wanted to incorporate the sound of classic '60s rock into Scarecrow, and he gave his band close to a hundred old singles to learn "almost mathematically verbatim" prior to recording the album.
De Fries insisted that Mellencamp's first album, Chestnut Street Incident, a collection of covers and a handful of original songs, be released under the stage name Johnny Cougar, insisting that the bumpy German name "Mellencamp" was too hard to market.
Mellencamp reluctantly agreed, but the album was a commercial failure, selling only 12,000 copies.
A.", "Paper in Fire" "Cherry Bomb", and "Authority Song." He has amassed 22 Top 40 hits in the United States.
Farm Aid concerts have remained an annual event over the past 33 years, and as of 2018 the organization has raised over million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture.
At this time, Mellencamp, who had given up drugs and alcohol before graduating from Vincennes University, decided to pursue a career in music and traveled to New York City in an attempt to land a record contract.