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American Fool


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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000001F51
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hurts So Good
2. Jack & Diane
3. Hand To Hold On To
4. Danger List
5. Can You Take It
6. Thundering Hearts
7. China Girl
8. Close Enough
9. Weakest Moments


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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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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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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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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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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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