After his previous two albums, The Lonesome Jubilee and Big Daddy , featured such non-traditional rock instruments as the accordion and violin, Mellencamp said that on Whenever We Wanted he wanted to put those instruments "back in their cases" and return to a harder-edged sound. Mellencamp further elaborated on the album, saying: "It's very rock 'n' roll. I just wanted to get back to the basics.
All songs written by John Mellencamp , except where noted. Album — Billboard United States . Singles — Billboard United States . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. John Mellencamp. Human Wheels John Mellencamp. Peaceful World John Mellencamp. Jackie Brown John Mellencamp. Walk Tall John Mellencamp. Love And Happiness John Mellencamp. Longest Days John Mellencamp. Get a Leg Up John Mellencamp. Rumbleseat John Mellencamp.
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Louis A. Zona, director and curator of the Butler Institute: "I was interested in the dialogue between Mellencamp's work and the Butler's more traditional collection of 19th- and 20th- century American art by masters including John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, and Raphael Soyer.
John's work is beautifully executed with incredibly fascinating studies. A full-color page catalogue with the aforementioned essay by Sheets accompanied the exhibition. Writes Sheets, "While Mellencamp has never been interested in whether he captures a faithful likeness of his subjects; he is after a kind of emotional realism and does follow certain "rules" of painting.
For Mellencamp, painting has always been a refuge, a solitary antidote to the hectic life of touring and performing.
He doesn't see it as a precious or rarified activity but rather about staying productive, keeping his mind engaged, making something out of nothing. Mellencamp has also honed his skills by his own self-education in art history, visiting museums across Europe and America whenever he was on tour and studying a broad spectrum of artists and the mechanics of their work and by looking at signs and billboards out the windows of cars and buses while crisscrossing the country.
According to Sheets, "In recent years, Mellencamp has incorporated the looser, more jangly rhythms of street art into panoramic canvases that reflect his social and political activism also present in his music. Everything is a possible painting.
Nationally known art writer Lilly Wei, who interviewed Mellencamp for Studio International , also wrote a brief essay, in which she points out, "Mellencamp is a writer and often uses words in his paintings, from the graffiti scribbled across earlier work inspired by what he saw in the streets and Jean-Michel Basquiat to his present versions of text painting, a genre that is increasingly commonplace in works by artists such as Lawrence Weiner, Richard Prince, Glenn Ligon and Christopher Wool.
Mellencamp, who works in a very different, very personal idiom, makes plainspoken paintings, he says, because he's a plainspoken man. If these works are any indication, plain painting can be extraordinarily eloquent. The exhibit included 50 oil and mixed-media paintings, including several never-before seen by the public. Mellencamp's latest painting exhibition, titled Life, Death, Love, and Freedom named in honor of his critically acclaimed album's 10th anniversary , ran at the ACA Galleries from April 26 through June 2, Harper Collins published Paintings and Reflections , an overview of Mellencamp's earlier work as a painter, in Mellencamp co-wrote several of his best-known songs with his childhood friend George Green who, like Mellencamp, was born and raised in Seymour, Indiana.
Mellencamp and Green's final collaboration was "Yours Forever", a song that was included on the soundtrack to the movie, The Perfect Storm. Mellencamp and Green had a falling out in the early s, and Green ultimately moved from Bloomington, Indiana to Taos, New Mexico in George has written some great lyrics and we've written some great songs together, but I just couldn't do it any more.
On August 28, , Green died in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the age of 59 after losing a battle with a rapid-forming small cell lung cancer. We had a lot of fun together when we were kids. Later on, we wrote some really good songs together," Mellencamp told the Bloomington Herald Times shortly after Green's death.
Mellencamp has made several forays into acting over the years, appearing in four films: Falling from Grace which he also directed , Madison , narration only , After Image , and Lone Star State of Mind His older brother, Joe Mellencamp, appears in Falling from Grace as the bandleader during the country club scene along with his band Pure Jam.
In , Mellencamp turned down the lead role in the movie The Idolmaker because, as he told the Toledo Blade in , "I was afraid that if I made too much money, I'd have no motivation to make records anymore. Mellencamp told VH1 that he was originally offered the Brad Pitt role in Thelma and Louise : "You know they used to want me to be an actor all the time and I used to get more movie role offers. That's when I was — believe it or not, I used to not be as ugly as I am now.
I was that close. Mellencamp began working on a musical with horror author Stephen King , entitled Ghost Brothers of Darkland County , in The musical debuted in the spring of at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta , Georgia, where it ran from April 4 through May In November , Mellencamp told the Chicago Tribune :.
This one, though, is not only tolerable, it's good. It may be the first-ever musical written by men for men. There's no orchestra, just two twangy acoustic guitars, an accordion, and a fiddle. The songs are both haunting and all-American.
The Alliance Theatre described the show as a "Southern Gothic musical fraught with mystery, tragedy and ghosts of the past. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County received mixed reviews upon its initial run in Atlanta. The musical toured 20 U. In , the show was further developed in London, although King and Mellencamp are no longer as actively involved: "Steve and I are taking a step back In October , it was announced that Broadway Licensing will redevelop Ghost Brothers of Darkland County and make it available for worldwide licensing in Mellencamp wrote the score for the Meg Ryan movie Ithaca , which premiered on October 23, at the Middleburg Film Festival in Virginia and was released in theaters and on-demand by Momentum Pictures on September 9, He did everything," said Ryan, Mellencamp's on-again, off-again girlfriend.
John Mellencamp wrote every note — everything — the tiny little needle drops you hear in the back. He wrote about half of it after I read him the script, and then the next half after he saw the movie. He's just incredible. Meanwhile, the piano-heavy "Seeing You Around" has the sound of a s standard the movie takes place during World War II and is made all the more authentically '40s-sounding by Redbone's gruff, baritone vocals. Mellencamp's band provided the backing on both tracks and performed all the music that is in the movie.
Said Carter in "The way John Mellencamp and I met was he invited me to come and sing this song he had written for the movie that Meg Ryan has coming out called Ithaca. That was when we became friends, when I went to Indiana and recorded with him and the guys this really cool song called 'Sugar Hill Mountain' that's in the movie. And the movie is wonderful. We got to see a rough cut of it and I was very impressed. Country music star Keith Urban has consistently cited Mellencamp's influence on his music.
It originated when Mellencamp's Lonesome Jubilee tour went to Australia in - Urban was in attendance at one of the concerts and described the experience as an "epiphany.
Urban told the Vancouver Sun in I just remember that moment: Here's that full-on rock section, with Kenny Aronoff on drums and Larry Crane a rock guitarist with swagger. But there was also Lisa Germano on fiddle, they had an accordion player, there was an acoustic guitarist.
I was hit by lightning by that concert. I said to John, 'I didn't walk away thinking: I want to do that. I walked away feeling: I get it — just put all the things you love into what you do.
Urban went into more detail on the impact Mellencamp's Lonesome Jubilee Tour concert had on him when CMT asked him about the concert that most influenced him:. In , Urban and Mellencamp performed "Pink Houses" together twice during nationally televised events. Urban's hit single " John Cougar, John Deere, John " further illustrated Mellencamp's influence on his music. Mellencamp was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 14, On July 30, in San Jose, CA, Mellencamp was bestowed with the John Steinbeck Award, given to those individuals who exemplify the spirit of "Steinbeck's empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of the common man.
A national treasure, he's also one of the truly great music creators that can make us care, move, clap and sing along. In June , WhyHunger bestowed Mellencamp with the ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award, which shines a spotlight on artists who have proven their commitment to striving for social justice and creating real change in combating hunger worldwide.
The induction ceremony took place in New York City on March 10, , and Mellencamp was inducted by his good friend Billy Joel , who asked Mellencamp to induct him into the Rock Hall back in Mellencamp had to opt out because of another commitment, so Ray Charles inducted Joel. During his induction speech for Mellencamp, Joel said: . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Mellencamp. For the album, see John Cougar album. For Mellencamp's self-titled album, see John Mellencamp album.
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