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 on: January 23, 2017, 10:35:26 pm 
Started by sharonc - Last post by sharonc
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-john-mellencamps-new-political-ballad-easy-target-w462417

John Mellencamp's latest single offers a raspy diagnosis of America's current political ailments. "Let the poor be damned, and the easy targets too," he sings, before adding sarcastically, "all are created equal – equally beneath me and you." Mellencamp released the song on the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration, though the track does not directly reference the new president.

"Easy Target" features late-night, smoky-bar piano and an ornate string section, and Mellencamp delivers his grim lines in a dry croak. He sings about a world where everyone is on their own and no one is safe: "Easy targets all along the avenue/ Living here in sucker town, baby me and you/ Behind the bars to keep each other apart/ Easy targets, our country's broken heart."

During a recent conversation with Katie Couric, Mellencamp suggested the song came to him in one jolt of inspiration. "I didn’t even want to write the song," he said. "All of a sudden, I just started singing 'easy target' ... as fast as I could write is how long it took me to write the song."

Though "Easy Target" suggests a bleak view of the future, Mellencamp told Couric that he's "not really worried about anything." He presented himself as an outsider observing politics with academic curiosity. "I want to see how weird it's going to get," he explained. "All of the things that we grew up believing, now it's upside down ... Do you know what’s going to happen? When a candidate just lies, and people accept the lies?… I’m going to just sit back and just see how weird it gets.”

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 on: January 23, 2017, 06:28:26 pm 
Started by racketeer - Last post by racketeer
I the sweetheart Valentine, whose strongest belief lies in roses and The
Rolling Stones, was heartened to hear that John Mellencamp has taken a public stance, picking an "Easy Target", that he might have previously been afraid to own, so to speak, as his own gift to us,to expose bigotry and prejudice in his own way.
It's not that his other music hasn't mentioned this, such as " Walk Tall" or his album "Freedom's Road", especially the picture on that album, of a Klu Klux Klan demonstration with almost Halloweenlike
foolishness and burning crosses, hasn't ever touched us, but now, "Easy Target", his new song,
brings in a gun and with it, a game of craps and dice, and a direct, if not didactic, R type movie,
and  he refers to, in it, per Mellencamp protest as if to egg a powerless poverty on to incite a
rebellion against the b.s. of inequality, to " Suckertown"...and he actually indicts himself, as well as some unknown friend at the top, who shares some "luck with bucks", lining pockets, yeah,
we know who it is.
And this is unnerving, but good, as you search for "compassion", in the hope that those with more power to sway will use that power well.
And may I add, please do not delete this post because it took the better part of an hour up! Lol
Later
R

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 on: January 21, 2017, 11:24:02 pm 
Started by walktall2010 - Last post by spokenplain
why does Mellencamp make his voice sound so gravel sounding? it seems like he started it back a few years ago. I rather he just sing like he used to

anyone else agree?

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 on: January 21, 2017, 11:42:50 am 
Started by hoss13820 - Last post by sharonc
   Any word on the new record?  Will Easy Target be apart of it?

yes Easy Target will be on the record

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 on: January 21, 2017, 11:05:46 am 
Started by sharonc - Last post by edhead
Well I believe there is another trip to Cleveland in my future.  For anyone else considering it it runs until September 2017.   Gotta put it in my schedule soon!!

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 on: January 21, 2017, 10:52:07 am 
Started by sharonc - Last post by edhead
Love the interview, and love him speaking his mind as he always does.  Funny watching him be just a tad more careful about what he says these days. I applaud the song, the timing, and of course the "plain spoken" sentiment and lyrics which ring so true.  Musically the song sounds very similiar to the arrangement of "The Full Catastrophe" that he performed the past tour (and I LOVED that version).

On a side note I listen to Cuttin' Heads (the song) and Peaceful World and the sentiments in those songs ring even more true (imho) today than when they were written.  Or the video for Cherry Bomb, an unpopular (in some circles) commentary on racism 30 years ago. He's been fighting the issue before it was cool to be fighting it.....

Keep up the good work John!!!  And hoping the words I saw somewhere in an article abou the end of the Plain Sooken tour that said "See you next summer" also ring true! 

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 on: January 20, 2017, 07:09:24 pm 
Started by walktall2010 - Last post by bradsanders56
I don't keep the political songs on my play list.

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 on: January 20, 2017, 10:42:43 am 
Started by hoss13820 - Last post by hoss13820
   Any word on the new record?  Will Easy Target be apart of it?

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 on: January 20, 2017, 05:53:55 am 
Started by sharonc - Last post by turmbird
I think that´s a great new song. fantastic violine and melody though or because so sad. what else to sing on a day like this. thanks to John for this new music!

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 on: January 19, 2017, 09:16:06 pm 
Started by sharonc - Last post by williehagfan1
Hello Again! I just watched John's tremendous interview with Katie Couric. What John had to say didn't surprise me. Man, what a straight shooter. John tells it the way it is, and truly is the spokesman for the common man and woman. He puts himself on the line with his views, and doesn't care what the bigwigs think. That's my guy! Thank you, John, for expressing what so many of we middle class citizens feel. No one listens to us, so you are our voice, and i thank you for that.

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