Jack & Diane, John Cougar Mellencamp
I think that Mellencamp’s problem has always been that he can’t get his head around the more businesslike aspects of his chosen profession. Which is a shame; this is a great song.
Apparently, the “clap track” was just there so they’d have some sense of timing .. it was supposed to be artist with guitar .. but they decided it sounded better with the clapping and kept it.
I’m not aware that Mr. Mellencamp is in dire financial straits, so conclude that, like many of his small-town peers, he’s decided on a work/life balance that suits him.
He always struck me as a poor(er?) man’s Bruce Springsteen. Didn’t have the songwriting chops of his better, but he could belt out a tune when he wanted. He would have made a great front man for someone else’s band.
The whole “Johny Cougar” saga clearly soured him on the business side of things, and for good reason.
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