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 on: September 17, 2019, 02:58:09 am 
Started by drewandjo - Last post by drewandjo
Big Daddy was on rotation last weekend....probably a 3 out of 5. A lot of album fillers on this album I think but also a couple of classics - Jackie Brown and Pop Singer. You can hear the contempt in John's voice as he belts out Pop Singer. Always had a soft spot for Theo and Weird Henry - "Theo and weird Henry went chasing after something And neither one of them believing in nothing"......the bonus track of Let it all Hang Out is a great finisher plus of course John taking aim at Reagan in Country Gentleman …...the last album released under the name John Cougar Mellencamp….

 on: September 13, 2019, 09:41:32 am 
Started by drewandjo - Last post by KCRottenkowski
My song of the day holds the quote probably not quite word for word "there is room enough for science to live and room enough for religion to forgive". 

 on: August 27, 2019, 11:47:07 am 
Started by Maradona10 - Last post by TonyBClubManager
I agree with your points, there is fascinating stuff filmed of John and the and over the years that I know we all would enjoy seeing. I've discussed the fan desire to see that stuff with John's team over the years.

The good news is John had a lot of that stuff digitized back in the middle 2000's, remember that intermission video that was played on the 2005 summer tour, some things showed up in there that I think were digitized from John's archive.

I'll continue to advocate for that kind of footage to be released in some way to John's team.

 on: August 27, 2019, 04:00:34 am 
Started by drewandjo - Last post by drewandjo
wish I could go to Farm Aid but live in New Zealand so.....too far to travel this year.....but am planning a visit to the USA & Canada next year around this time to visit my son so may be able to take it in then

 on: August 25, 2019, 03:23:13 am 
Started by Maradona10 - Last post by Maradona10
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.

 on: August 21, 2019, 08:15:59 pm 
Started by sharonc - Last post by Aeroplane2
I second that emotion!     

 on: August 21, 2019, 08:06:46 pm 
Started by drewandjo - Last post by Aeroplane2
Oh my gosh, you saw the band and John play "Between a laaugh and a Tear"?  I have always wanted to hear them play that song!  I remember John saying he is not a juke box; so just happy he's not retiring anytime soon!  Are you going to go to Farm Aid in Wisconsin too?


 on: August 16, 2019, 10:14:46 am 
Started by sharonc - Last post by maribeth
Will this only be in a specific city or will this play travel around the country?  I would love to attend this.  Thank you.  Maribeth

 on: August 07, 2019, 04:25:13 am 
Started by CopperTJ - Last post by drewandjo
Good on you Lily

I live in New Zealand and have only seen him twice, once here and other time in Melbourne. Have been to his old home town of Seymour but would love to see him again at one of his US concerts.

 on: August 07, 2019, 04:17:52 am 
Started by drewandjo - Last post by drewandjo
Hey Aeroplane2 - looks like its just you and me remembering those great Mellencamp albums. Went on another roadie last weekend and Scarecrow (a big 5 out of 5) got an airing. From the opening Rain on the Scarecrow, the time less Small Town (that's me and probably a hundred others!!) through my (and I am sure many others) personal favourite Mellencamp song Minutes to Memories, the haunting Justice & Independence, my second favourite on this album Between a Laugh and a Tear and ROCKing at the end. A timeless classic which resonates even today with some of the song subject matters - the ongoing struggles of small town farmers, the destruction of small towns not only across America but even in my country and the destruction of values among our leaders.

The Lonesome Jubilee, another favourite, gets a slot this coming weekend.

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