John Mellencamp Celebrates Uh-Huh's 30th Anniversary In The Studio
The show sent over these details: "Johnny Cougar", as he was originally promoted, had started his career with a minor hit "I Need A Lover" off his second album only to find himself struggling commercially. It wasn't until 1982's American Fool album that John would see his first real success with the ditties "Jack And Diane" and "Hurt So Good". Armed with a # 1 single under his belt, John incorporated his real name Mellencamp into his professional identity and launched himself into Rock superstardom with Uh-Huh and the Top 10 hits "Pink Houses", "Crumblin' Down" and "The Authority Song".
John tells InTheStudio host Redbeard that the album was an important turning point for him creatively. "I think Uh-Huh was a lot better record than American Fool, simply because it was the beginning of me becoming focused on what I think I now do. That was really the beginning of me as a songwriter. All the rest of the records were me trying to figure out what the hell was going on. It took me a long time didn't it? (chuckles). Took like five albums." Stream the episode here.