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American Fool

John Coug Mellencamp Audio CD
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1. Hurts So Good
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6. Thundering Hearts
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8. Close Enough
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This is the record that transformed John Cougar (né John Mellencamp and soon to be John Cougar Mellencamp) into a superstar. "Hurts So Good" was destined to be a huge hit--ludicrous, powerful, and utterly unforgettable--and has long since gone on to be something of a rock & roll standard. But the real revelation on this record was "Jack and Diane," a poignant slice of life from a small town somewhere in middle America, a topical vein he would mine with even greater success on later recordings (especially on The Lonesome Jubilee). Backed by a crisp, powerful, spot-on band that gave a needed sense of urgency to the material, Cougar deservedly wore the mantle of Mainstream Rock King while this record ruled the airwaves. --Percy Keegan

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5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning... July 31 2009
Format:Audio CD
This was John's breakout album, and it's pretty obvious why. Jack and Diane, Hurts So Good are just a couple of the huge hits on this record. It's not as perfect a listen as "Scarecrow," but it's still mighty good. He always had that Mellencamp swagger, and this was the album that it was met with incredible songs. A classic, obviously.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where it all begins for Johnny Cougar June 27 2004
By Vilbs
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to believe now, so many years later, that John Mellencamp was forced to change his name to "Johnny Cougar" in order to get a record deal because an executive said "I just can't sell John Mellencamp". Well, this album proved that name means nothing, and that by any name, young John was a musician to be reckoned with.
This hometown style collection of folk rock songs starts off with 3 tracks that can compete with the best music of its decade. Nobody that listens to music can fail to recognize the opening chords of "Hurts so Good", "Hand to Hold on To", or the immaculate "Jack and Diane". They're just that good. The rest of the album is old fashioned rock, with standouts including "Thundering Hearts" and "Close Enough".
Although he'd go on to much greater commercial successes in the future and some stylistic changes that would deviate from his folk-rock roots, "American Fool" is really where it all began for John Mellencamp, and here he begins to establish himself as one of the premier representatives of middle America.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent American Folk-Rock. April 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
An awesome musician with a great rough edge to his voice, banging out original music that we can all relate to with an honest passion and natural talent we all wish we had. He became an American icon and this album is where he hit it big.
A Mellencamp newbie may wish to just check out his "Best That I Could Do" compilation first, but if you want to go beyond that, this abum is where to start. This is an American classic... and to think he has at least a few others that could be considered classic.
For the one guy who gripes about him going by "John Cougar" at first... ever heard the story about his first record deal: the copmany-guy said something along the lines of, "I don't care what you want to call yourself, but 'John Cougar' is gonna be the name on this contract." So he sucked up his pride and went by John Cougar. When that contract was up, he immediately went back to Mellencamp... if you have a gripe about that, get real.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cougar with a sound that hurts so good March 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
With American Fool, John Cougar, attained status on the American music scene that would reach its peak during the Scarecrow and Lonesome Jubilee albums, but that was three and five years away, respectively. For now, let's concentrate on 1982 and the singles that shot up the charts, including the #1 single "Jack & Diane."
The sounds here are more raw and rock than the more refined material of the mid- to late 80's, some songs encompassing a combination drums and guitar that neared the crunch of AC-DC, such as one of his signature tunes, "Hurt So Good." Most of the songs have pounding pneumatic drums and power guitar chord stomp, and what I'm noticing here is that many other songs could've become singles because of it. In other words, Cougar's moment could've been bigger had this album been given a few more singles. Much like the lines in "Hurt So Good," "sink your teeth right into my bones" and "c'mon baby make it hurt so good," there's a new sort of confidence in the sound and in Cougar himself.
"A little ditty about Jack and Diane/two American kids doing the best they can" Well that little ditty went to #1 sure enough, divided into the quiet acoustic verses about the couple, with the transitional refrain of "life goes on/long after the thrill of living is gone" on the inevitable parade of life, leading into that ringing power riff. The thing seems to be that any young couple had better enjoy it, because "change will come around real soon and make us women and men." And break out the vomit bags, for the recognizable power riff and two notes plucked was sampled by Jessica Simpson in "I Think I Love You.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrepresented set of early 80s rock. Oct. 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
This was John Cougar-Camp's arena rock album, and where he really shines through. After this, although he had some great songs, he morphed into a mainstram singer-songwriter type.
Of course, the 2 big hits are what many people would know. The pumping, happy 'Hurts so Good' with its slight (yet mainstream) hard rock feel to it. The coming of age story of teenage lovers, 'Jack & Diane' almost sounds softer, but has a steady guitar sound throughout. I can really relate to the lyrics about growing up too. The other minor hit, which, should've been much bigger IMHO was the melodic, somewhat ballad-like but still uptempo rocker 'Hand to Hold On To'.
The rest of the album is just as good. The fun, summertime stories told in 'Thundering Hearts' was a great rocker. 'China Girl' is a more melodic, laid back song that could've fit on his later albums, as could have the somewhat serious ballad 'Danger List', where John sings about just wanting someone to look up to and love.
There's also the honky-tonk hard rock of 'Can You Take It'. Another great song in this vein was the super catchy 'Close Enough', which is just another in the long time of songs about the rock & roll lifestyle. The only stumble here is the accoustic country ballad 'Weakest Moments' which I'm not quite sure what it's about.
This is part southern/roots rock, part pop, part arena rock. Basically, if you're into bands like 38 Special, Starship, or Journey, respectively, you'll probably like this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Aaaahhh . . . the songs of my youth! This is another terrific album we added to our 80's collection. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2003 by V. VanCamp
3.0 out of 5 stars Its okay.
This is an interesting album watching John Cougar (he will always be John Cougar to me) develop his style. Read more
Published on May 18 2003 by bob
5.0 out of 5 stars American Fool
This Cd has a average customer review of 3.6 stars. If you took a poll of the TRUE John Mellencamp fans (the ones who did not burn all their CDs of him whent they heard To... Read more
Published on April 9 2003 by "rocknroll26"
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, the glory days ...
"American Fool" brings back great memories for me of junior high and going to my first concert, which just so happened to have been J.C. himself. Read more
Published on July 23 2002 by Ei
3.0 out of 5 stars Love it if you love Mellencamp
A must have for Mellencamp fans- but you have to like the music to appreciate it
Published on Nov. 24 2001 by Molly Oberhausen
3.0 out of 5 stars For the Diehards only!
This cd was the official begining for Mellencamp. And it shows. Although there are a few gems on the cd, it was not until later in Mallencamps carrer that he released full bodies... Read more
Published on May 18 2001 by J. J Lima
4.0 out of 5 stars Cougar's No Fool
American Fool was John Cougar's major breakthrough. The album was buoyed by two major hits "Hurts So Good" and "Jack & Diane". Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2001 by P Magnum
4.0 out of 5 stars Great American rock.
I can't understand why one person, who goes by the name 'Grundle2600' would want to review this album 3 times, saying the same things...oh well! Read more
Published on Dec 3 2000 by Gilly Bean
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