Showing posts with label John Cougar. Show all posts
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Jack and Diane - John Cougar

Before he became John Mellencamp and, before that, John Cougar Mellencamp, he made a name for himself as John Cougar. The single 'Jack & Diane' was released in 1982 and became his first international breakthrough.

According to John, 'Jack & Diane' was written after watching 'Splendor in the Grass', a 1961 movie starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty. The song's tone and lyrics are evocative of a nostalgia for the novelty of youth, influenced in part by Mellencamp's own life experiences.
John also stated that the clapping wasn't supposed to be included in the finished song. It was recorded with the clapping in order to help keep tempo and then it was to be removed. However, he realized the song didn't work without it.

My collection: 7" single no. 858
Found: Den Haag, May 27, 1989
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Jack & Diane' / 'Can you take it'

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