April 24, 2008 |
IF there's any doubt about the influence Hollywood plays in this year's presidential election, consider this: Within minutes of taking the stage in Indiana on Tuesday night, Sen. Barack Obama had an important announcement -- singer John Mellencamp and his wife, model Elaine Irwin, had come up to join them. "I want to thank John Mellencamp and his wonderful wife, Elaine, for taking time to be here today, driving up from Bloomington," Obama told the crowd in Evansville, Ind.
February 10, 2007 |
John Mellencamp "Freedom's Road" (Universal Republic) * * * Lest Mellencamp's pickup truck pitchman role with "Our Country," a centerpiece of this album, makes you expect a collection of Red State anthems, fear not. Suffice it to say that noted lefty Joan Baez would not likely guest on such a set, as she does here on the racism lament "Jim Crow."
March 8, 2008 |
If Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff hadn't reached out their hands to introduce themselves in a Philadelphia elevator 45 years ago, the music world might have been denied one of its richest partnerships. The production and songwriting team was the architect of the "sound of Philadelphia" and a rich vein of pop-soul hits in the 1970s. The two men are being inducted Monday into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, part of a class with Madonna, John Mellencamp, Leonard Cohen, the Ventures, the Dave Clark Five and Little Walter.
February 11, 1990
Re the Visa credit card TV ad featuring Paul McCartney: Big corporations pay big dollars to artists such as McCartney to attach a brand name to their art through a slick commercial. Each time a viewer sees the ad, that attachment is made stronger. Eventually, every time the viewer hears the song involved, the TV commercial gets a free run in his or her mind. It's free subliminal advertising time every time he or she hears the song anywhere. I consider this a rape of my loyalty to a musician's work.
October 4, 1998 |
At 46, John Mellencamp has been making albums longer than the Hanson brothers have been alive. But his latest effort, "John Mellencamp," marks a rebirth of sorts. For one thing, it's his first recording for Columbia Records--whose parent company, Sony Music, is headed by Mellencamp's former manager, Tommy Mottola. Mellencamp signed with Columbia earlier this year, ending a decade-long relationship with Mercury Records.
October 3, 2007 |
John Mellencamp, the heartland rocker who has not been shy about lacing his music with politics and social commentary, posted a new music video on the Internet on Tuesday for a song called "Jena." The lyrics, which include the chorus "Oh oh oh Jena . . . take your nooses down," are a barbed reference to the ongoing controversy in Jena, La., where six black youths were charged as adults in the alleged assault last year on a fellow student who is white.
September 16, 2010
The Early Show Ben Affleck. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Jon Hamm; Oliver Stone; Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News Brooke Shields. (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Katherine Schwarzenegger; Amy Brenneman. (N) 7 a.m. KABC The View Amy Brenneman ("Private Practice"); author Katherine Schwarzenegger. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors Stopping 24 health gaffes. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL The Oprah Winfrey Show The hostages from the Discovery headquarters incident.
September 22, 1985
I'm so glad Terry Atkinson finally exposed John Cougar Mellencamp's charlatan ways for us gullible readers ("Mellencamp's America," Record Rack, Sept. 8). So "he's been churning out superficially Springsteen-like songs" all these years?! I don't pretend to be an expert in Mellencamp or Springsteen (as a critic should be) but my eyes and ears are open enough to have noted that Mr. Heartland ("Nebraska" album) himself (B-O-S-S) is a New Jersey resident and that Mr. Mellencamp (No--he doesn't have a title)