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American Fool Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (May 3 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0007XBMXY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,303 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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
10. American Fool (Bonus Track)

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Each Definitive Remaster will feature newly remastered sound, a rare or previously unreleased bonus track and upgraded packaging. Island Def Jam. 2005.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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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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"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.
This is a really rockin' album with two of the biggest hits from John Cougar, "Hurts so good", and "jack & diane". "hand to hold on to" what a chart hitter, but didn't do as well commercially. Yet, I always felt it was just as good as his two hits.
Cougar is a truly talented musician who really shined back in the early 1980's. I'd like to say that this is his debut, but I have a few albums that were prior to this, "John Cougar", which has no hits at all, and "Chestnut street incident", which is a collector's item now.
However, "American Fool" is the perfect and definitive album of his to have. It showcases his talents as a singer and guitar player.
John is the every man's rock and roller. I still love this album as it's got some really good music, no fillers. Every song on here is great rock music.
Highly recommended!!
Eileen Famiglietti
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AMERICAN FOOL was released in 1982. I had the LP record for it. Back then, the singer just went by the name "John Cougar," which was not his real name. I was eleven years old in 1982, and I really enjoyed hearing the songs "Jack and Diane" and "Hurts So Good" on the radio. Those two songs were the reason that I bought the album. Even today, I can appreciate the music in those two songs. However, I don't really like the lyrics very much. "Jack and Diane" wants us to believe that there is no joy to life after one passes the age of 16. What a bunch of whooey! And the lyrics to "Hurts So Good" treat women as mere physical sexual objects, without regard to the fact that they are human beings with feelings and emotions. Chalk this up to the singer's immaturity at the time, I suppose.
The other songs are even worse. In particular, the music of the other 7 songs is nowhere nearly as entertaining as the two big hits. In "Close Enough" he sings that he is "close enough for rock and roll." No. I don't think so. Not on this song. Ditto for "Thundering Hearts" and "Can You Take It," which are two other failed attempts at making "real" rock and roll.
And then there's the disgusitng lyrics of "Weakest Moments." Cougar is romantically attracted to a woman who is involved in an incestuous relationship with her uncle. Gross!
"Hand to Hold On To" was a minor chart hit, but it's nowhere nearly as good as the other two hits from this album. Also, it's a ballad, and all of the ballads on this album come off as sounding cliched and insincere.
Overall, this CD can (maybe) be worth owning for the two songs "Hurts So Good" and "Jack and Diane," because both of those songs are quite enjoyable to listen to, as long as you don't take their lyrics too seriously.
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The most famous song from this album is "Jack and Diane." Musically, it's a pretty entertaining song, although lyrically it has little to offer. But I have a major problem with "Hurts So Good," the other big hit from this album. The basic message of the lyrics of that song is that women are nothing more than objects that exist to give physical pleasure to a man. If you happen to be the kind of sexist pig that subscribes to that philosophy, then this song is for you. And the other seven songs are no better. Worst of all may be the song "Weakest Moments," where the singer finds himself attracted to a woman who is involved in an incestuous relationship with her uncle. Simply put, this album is pathetic. But that's not to say that Mellencamp had nothing worthwhile to offer in his catalog. On the contrary, subsequent albums of his showed tremendous improvement, and, in particular, UH-HUH and SCARECROW are both well worth owning. But I suggest that you keep away from AMERICAN FOOL. It is, at best, a rather embarassing moment in what would later become a fairly respectable musical career.
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