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1  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / All About John / Kenny Aronoff: Two hours and twenty-odd minutes of JM chat on: June 30, 2020, 06:45:22 am
Kenny recently live-streamed a "Memories of Mellencamp" chat on his YouTube channel.

Fantastic stuff. Heads-up for anybody that missed it:

Personally, I'm hoping for a second part dealing with the Big Daddy, WWW, Human Wheels, Dance Naked, and Mr Happy go Lucky records.

It's a most enjoyable watch, trust me.

2  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / All About John / The Vault: Rehearsal/Recording footage of the "classic" line-up/era on: August 25, 2019, 03:23:13 am
I haven't really listened to John Mellencamp in a good few months now. The Stevie Wonder cover at the end of the record aside, I found Other People's Stuff to be kind of underwhelming and - as was the case with the Rural Route box set - I felt it wasn't quite put together with the JM aficionados in mind.  

Nevertheless, last night saw me disappear down the old YouTube rabbit hole and discover a channel called VintageMellencamp, stumbling over a few rare videos and broadcasts that I'd been previously unaware of.

Now, we've all seen the footage of Mellencamp at The Shack recording Uh Huh (specifically Pink Houses, although some may feel that this footage is "staged" for the special and may not be actual genuine recording: But it becomes apparent, upon dipping in and out of various TV specials, interviews, and promotional materials that Mellencamp had a lot of Belmont Mall band activity filmed.

Now, consider this 1992 Whenever We Wanted special: You may have to go digging, but there is a verse or so in here of the band playing an absolutely fantastic, raw, and rocking Love and Happiness; to my knowledge, the whole performance (and I assume, other performances, too) have never been released.

Are we to assume that this footage was to be included in the often-discussed yet never-completed documentary film project due to be called Nothing Like We Planned? Check this amusing video out featuring Mellencamp, Aronoff, and Wanchic, wherein John discusses his hopes for that very film project:

Furthermore, here's a Human Wheels special in which - it would seem - the band were filmed in the studio cutting or rehearsing Case 795 (The Family) and To the River; see around the nine minute mark for the studio footage:

Fascinating stuff. The question is: will this stuff have been efficiently archived? Mellencamp seems notoriously averse to looking back over his career. Will this archive footage simply be lost? One wonders - with physical media seemingly in its decline - if there is even an audience for this kind of material.

Nevertheless, I thought I'd post. This forum may be a ghost town, but perhaps Tony knows someone who knows someone who could perhaps convey to management that there are, indeed, people out here who'd love to see and hear the vaulted jewels that originated at Belmont Mall through the years.

Peace. Mellencamp fans: let's get posting around here again.
3  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Blog / Re: Band Member Spotlight: Kenny Aronoff - By Thad Requet on: May 04, 2019, 09:46:41 am
Thanks Tony; your reply was sure quick on the draw.

The name rings a bell. Shame on me for forgetting.

Thanks again.
4  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / Tour Talk / Re: Sept 13 2001 concert Massachusetts on: May 04, 2019, 07:23:34 am
I wonder if any Cuttin' Heads Tour shows were audio-recorded professionally by JM.
5  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / I Knew Him When He Was Johnny Cougar / Re: Memory from a french guy on: May 04, 2019, 07:14:45 am
Cool. Keep on rockin'.

I did manage to see JM twice (Birmingham in '92, and Glasgow 8n 2011). Hope you get to see him someday.
6  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Blog / Re: Band Member Spotlight: Kenny Aronoff - By Thad Requet on: May 04, 2019, 07:09:49 am
I've always wondered: who's the guy between Toby Myers and Lisa Germano in the 1993 When Jesus Left Birmingham video shoot photograph? I think he also played accordion at the Chicago '93 VH1 show.
7  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / All About John / Re: Songs that should have been on OPS on: April 12, 2019, 05:54:54 pm
Freddie's Dead would've been a great, long-awaited, and most-welcome release.
All these years, and I thought To the River was primarily a In original. You learn something new every day...
9  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / All About John / Re: John Mellencamp Autographed Lithograph Poster 28X32 Whenever We Wanted 1991 on: October 15, 2018, 04:16:13 am
You're about five years too late  Cheesy
10  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Ask / Re: OTHER PEOPLES STUFF on: October 06, 2018, 06:46:08 am
I wonder if some of this will be from the JM archive/vault, i.e. songs the band rehearsed/worked up before recording Scarecrow/Lonesome, as per numerous accounts from band members at the time.

Would be great to finally get the '93 Freddie's Dead on disc, too.

My fear is that it'll be more folksy.
11  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / All About John / Complimentary words from Clive Davis on: November 02, 2017, 04:38:30 am

In the linked article, Clive Davis names JM as his one regret (regarding not signing him) and calls JM "one of the greatest of all time".
12  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Ask / Re: Chicago Theater October 2016 Video on: October 29, 2017, 03:10:33 pm
Sounds good. A blu ray would be most welcome.
13  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / All About John / Re: Comprehensive list of all non-album JM tracks on: October 15, 2017, 10:43:24 am
Ah yes, I seem to be missing a few...thank you for the info.

I have some searching to do.

At the risk of repeating myself, oh for a rarities-focused box set.
14  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / All About John / Comprehensive list of all non-album JM tracks on: October 13, 2017, 05:17:07 pm
I'm in the process of attempting to amass all of JM's non-album tracks on CD, despite having been a fan since early 1989 (when i Was 13 years old).

I know the 2005 remasters muddy the waters somewhat, as some of these ended up as bonus tracks on those discs.

So I have:

Pink Houses  (acoustic)
Pretty Ballerina
Small-town  (acoustic)
Never Too Old
Shama Lama Ding Dong
Blues from the Front Porch
Check it Out Live
Rave On (Cocktail Soundtrack)
Cold Sweat
I saw Mommy kissin' Santa Claus
Do Re Mi
Seventh Son
Jackie Brown (acoustic)
Pop Singer (extended) - this is kickass btw
Like a Rolling Stone from LJ tour
The two Dylan 30th anniversary show songs
Love and Happiness remixes
The Now More than Ever Redbeard sessions live rehearsals songs plus two radio songs with Mike W and Kenny A
Jailhouse Rock from Honeymoon in Vegas ost
Dance naked live take
Dance naked remix
Brothers live
Check it Out from '94 show
Baby Won't You Please Don't Go
Crumblin' Down live '96? (From.Just Another Day cd maxi single)
Gambling Bar Room Blues
4 extra songs on Freedom's Road bonus edition
Two songs on Cuttin Heads extra disc special edition

Am I missing anything?

Any info appreciated.

15  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / All About John / Re: What Does "Grandview" Sound Like To You? on: September 17, 2017, 08:26:00 am
I wonder how many songs were recorded with Stan Lynch and Izzy Stradlin?

Still waiting on the definitive Mellencamp book to probs such questions. As an aside, Kenny's book was great! Currently enjoying the John Mellencamp: American Troubadour book, but it's not so much a biography as a critical appraisal of JM's lyrics; I found it hard to believe that the book's index doesn't even have Larry Crane or Dave Grisdom listed at all (even Kenny receives only one mention).

I hope we get a rarities box set at some point; the Rural Route box set was, in the end, underwhelming for long time JM aficionados.
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