366TAS: 2:54 – John Cougar Mellencamp – R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.

Over the course of the year, I’ll be posting all different genres and styles of music. It’s always important to remember that so much of what we listen to today from the most popular top 40 songs to the obscure indie rock bands and from the hardest rocking heavy metal to the smoothest r&b sounds all owes a great debt to the musicians who have come before and served as an influence. Rock and roll (and the sounds that influenced and shaped it) is at the heart of so much of what we listen to and should be celebrated as such.

John Cougar Mellencamp’s “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” is one of the better tribute songs to rock and roll that’s out there. In a way, it’s ironic that Mellencamp would be the one to remind us of the good old days of rock, because his standing in the rock world has taken a pretty big tumble over the years, at least for me. The abominable “Our Country” should go down as a major black mark on his career, even if it weren’t for the GM commercial that bored the song into our brains a few years back. Seriously guys, that might be the worst use of music in a commercial ever. JCM has also taken more overtly political stances in the last several years. Personally, I hate mixing music and politics and just about anyone who engages in that sort of thing gets taken down a notch in my book.

Fortunately, reflecting back on the golden years of Mellencamp’s career (“Cougar’s career?” … pick a name and stick with it, man!) he did do plenty of very good work back in the 80’s. Perhaps he should have stopped while he was ahead…

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2 Responses to 366TAS: 2:54 – John Cougar Mellencamp – R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.

  1. John says:

    “Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of livin’ is gone…” Seriously, I like this song (I had another version of it as my 2:56…), and pretty much everything else that he had on the radio in the ’80s and ’90s (although I’ve always been lukewarm on “Jack and Diane”…). And I agree that nothing that he’s recorded in this century has made much of a (positive) impact. Ah, well–“seventeen has turned thirty-five/I’m surprised that we’re still livin’.”

    I’ve got a catchy, bouncy song about public transportation: Le Tigre’s “My My Metrocard,” from one of my favorite late-90s albums.

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