John Mellencamp Community
November 25, 2015, 05:12:59 am
on: November 24, 2015, 06:20:49 pm
Started by racketeer - Last post by racketeer
The Rock and Roll Ballet
Here's what they do in their hospitals,
With their test tubes of blood and their s***a** bull...
Until you're so full of p***a** hate,
That you just don't care if you come late...
Tell me what this means to you,
In your lies and deception and sacre blues-
How in the world will I get to heaven?
'Round and around the mulberry thing,
And blown up pictures,
The wind and their wings,
Wa-wa whoo...like "wow!" sweet Jude,
Runnin' down halls and ballyhoo-
Shaven, craven shana kindt,
Shrinking violence and Supermints,
When I want you underfoot, I swear I'll tell you, pedal push,
When I want you underfoot, I swear I'll tell you, pedal push..."
You know, when I was seventeen,
I was a groupie, I made the scene...
The forties were impossible,
In those crockpots where they pulled the wool...
But he still loved his little girls,
"Get it straight!"
They were his world...
Graduating Senior High,
And singing "Lucy In the Sky..."
"Picture yourself in a place by the river,
With tangerine trees and marmalade skies,
Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly,
The girl with kaleidoscope eyes..."
And give her credit,
How we all have aged throughout the years-
Fa la la la la la la,
Fa la la la la.
If these lyrics are simply impossible to figure out,
I'm no stranger to "Huh???"
But thanks for reviewing them anyway...
on: November 23, 2015, 02:14:27 am
Started by racketeer - Last post by racketeer
The dancers were gliding across the floor,
A beautiful sight to see,
And oh my, my mindsight,
The ghostchild revealed herself,
Singing along with me...
La, la, la, la, la,
We sang in sync,
Colors and numbers and spirits sing,
Crazy old bat!
So you just might think!
In the darkness, our eyes will glow (oh yeah),
Our lives so sweet, together complete,
Planting the two finest tulips in Helsinki!
Maroon flash yellow, maroon flash light blue, light yellow and light blue,
yellow, turquoise, mustard, red, fuschia, bluegreen, bluegreen flash yellow, gray and blue plum and silver...rouge...
I'm always better with my classics, especially after they become a, part of me, like a new
shirt you love and buy ... these lyrics are a commentary on imagry that I like, and I hope they are published.
Thanks and Happy Holidays, everyone!
on: November 20, 2015, 03:07:18 pm
Started by graciemaxx - Last post by graciemaxx
First-time poster here. I've always like John Mellencamp, but suddenly I've discovered his depth as an artist, activist and person. I appreciate him so much more now.
I just can't stop playing this song, Your Life is Now.
What do you think the song is about? To me, it seems to mean that one person can effect change in the world if they follow their heart instead of some old outdated notion/tradition, and thereby change many people's lives. But then I watch the video. Does the video have anything to do with the song? I don't get it.
on: November 19, 2015, 10:16:57 am
Started by racketeer - Last post by racketeer
...had some problems on my computer this morning, so if my poem isn't published,
I will understand...
Rock and Roll Coolies
The rock and roll coolies were really a scream,
They stopped off after midnight,
"putt putt" and "peep peep"!
Sitting there in the coffee shop,
Tight as a drum,
They tore out of there fast,
'til they hit 81.
The car started sputtering,
"Down to the ground",
The gas gauge said "empty",
But they made the next town...
They filled up the tank, and stopped at a bar,
Had a scotch and some bourbons,
And made home by dawn.
Of course, the driver had to "sit this one out" because sobriety calls for it.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the Mellencamp Community!
on: November 14, 2015, 07:20:24 pm
Started by walktall2010 - Last post by khmellencamp
Thank you for posting!
From the article, it sounds as if some of his paintings are for sale. Is this true?
His New York debut, "The Isolation of Mister," shares its title with a song from 2014's Plain Spoken and runs through Dec. 19 (prices range from $2,500 to $40,000). Lyrics and Bible quotes are frequently used to spell out themes that he often tackles in his music, from heartbreak to racism.
on: November 14, 2015, 04:28:11 pm
Started by walktall2010 - Last post by walktall2010
|John Mellencamp on Life as a Painter, Taylor Swift and Why 'You've Got to Work at' HappinessBefore he went on to sell 27.5 million albums, John Mellencamp was determined to make it as a painter. The legendary rocker walks Billboard through his first New York exhibitionJohn Mellencamp photographed on Oct. 20, 2015 at ACA Galleries in New York.
"Is that lipstick?"
Breezing through a new exhibition of his moody oil paintings at ACA Galleries in New York, John Mellencamp stops short after spotting a crimson daub near the face of Bug, an impressionistic, four-foot portrait of a woman who works for him.
"Somebody kissed this f--ing painting," he says, leaning in close to the canvas, more amused than annoyed. "See this? I didn't paint that. I just noticed it."
With a quick laugh, the rocker turns and walks away. Doesn't he want someone from the gallery to remove the rogue lip print?
"No!" says Mellencamp, 64. "I want my paintings to look like they were found in a garage. If they get a scratch or a hole in them, it just becomes part of the painting."
Painting has been part of Mellencamp's life since he was a 10-year-old kid in Indiana. His mother was an artist, and he was determined to follow suit by studying in New York. A lack of money and a surging interest in rock'n'roll derailed those plans in the 1970s. But Mellencamp, who is strongly influenced by the German Expressionists, returned to his first love in the '80s, setting up shop at home and showing at galleries.
His New York debut, "The Isolation of Mister," shares its title with a song from 2014's Plain Spoken
and runs through Dec. 19 (prices range from $2,500 to $40,000). Lyrics and Bible quotes are frequently used to spell out themes that he often tackles in his music, from heartbreak to racism.
The political bend fits right in at ACA, established in 1932 as a haven for artists eager to explore social issues. The father of five who will tour Australia in February was introduced to the gallery by Bob Dylan. "I wanted to be with a gallery that wasn't for tourists," says Mellencamp, who has charted 19 albums on the Billboard 200 and sold 27.5 million units, according to the RIAA. He signed a lifetime contract with Republic Records in 2014 and, in December, will start work on an album of duets and covers with Carlene Carter. "I like the history of ACA. The goal isn't to sell paintings that match your couch."There aren't a lot of smiles or happy people in your work.
Shiny, happy people? I'll let R.E.M. make those paintings.You're suspicious of joy, eh?
If I laugh a couple of times a day, I'm doing good. People think it's their God-given right to be happy, and it's just not. It's something you've got to work at. I like to paint the human condition, and the human condition is not smiles and happy people.Do you care how your art is perceived?
I paint for myself. Somebody asked me earlier -- it was kind of an insulting question -- "Do you paint for the people who might buy your paintings?" I was like, "Are you kidding me?" I never consider that.What's the starting point for you?
The main subject. I'll give you an example. See this Used People
painting? Me and my son Speck painted that. He's a junior at [Rhode Island School of Design] and came home for a few days. Actually, he came home to go to jail. (Laughs.) He had to serve four days because he beat up some kid. Anyway, I said, "Let's go up to my studio and figure this out because I can't get the math right. It has to weigh properly." Speck did the shadowing and the placement of the people, and it turned out great because he did shit that I wouldn't have. He put this average person on the pig, who is George Bush.Rob Light, Christie Brinkley, John Mellencamp, a guest and John Sykes attend Mellencamp's "The Isolation Of Mister" art exhibition opening at the ACA Galleries on October 21, 2015 in New York City.How do your subjects react? For example, you depict Meg Ryan and Laura Dern in clown face.
They're best friends. Meg and I were together five years -- she's a great gal. I think they both thought it wasn't going to be what it turned out to be. I don't know that she ever liked this painting very much, but I do. I spent a lot of time on it.Did painting come as naturally to you as music?
More natural. Music was like a second choice. I wanted to study at the Art Students League in New York when I was young, but I didn't have the money. Then I was fortunate enough to become Johnny Cougar Mellencamp. At the time, I thought I'd make a couple of records and get back to painting. It never dawned on me that I'd be 64 years old and still making music.Sounds like a great memoir. Think you'll write one?
Never. What of any interest am I going to say? I'm 64 years old. I've still got shit to do, and writing a memoir ain't on the list.Elaine Irwin and John Mellencamp during Grand Opening of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, 1995. Really? You must have some thoughts on how the industry has changed.
The consumer doesn't get to hear the quality of music that I grew up listening to, and young artists don't get a chance to develop. I made five albums before I sold one. You take a girl like -- who's that girl who's so popular right now? Country singer...Taylor Swift.
She's a really smart gal. A guy like me wouldn't have a chance today. For starters, if I was 21, the last thing I'd want to do is be in a f---ing rock band. How the f--- would you make a living? You'd have to have a straight job, and I've never had that.What was your main gripe with the business?
I'm on Republic Records now, and those two guys who run it are good guys. I like Monte and Avery Lipman. But I've probably been with a thousand record-company presidents, and I didn't like any of them -- and they didn't like me. I was never interested in kissing anybody's ass. I even punched a record-company president once.What did he do?
He fell down. (Laughs.)