Thursday, August 1, 2013

"Ain't Even Done With the Night" by John Cougar

Song#:  0478
Date:  01/31/1981
Debut:  81
Peak:  17
Weeks:  21
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Mr. Mellencamp's second single from his album "Nothin' Matters and What If It Did" ended up eclipsing the first single ("This Time," #27) and became one of his more recognizable songs from his early days. It's popularity helped set the stage for his next album, which would be the one that would launch him into superstardom.

ReduxReview:  I always remember the video to this song. He is dancing around dorkily with his band acting like a coordinated backup group and on the chorus' hand claps, the camera would freeze for that beat. Oh, and the leopard-skin jacket. It had to have been made for like $100, but I still remember it! Much of his early material is throw-away stuff, but this is a good song. The mandolin beginning kind of rips on "Maggie May," but the rest of the tune is not too Rod Stewart-ish. The tune can't compare to his peak best, but I enjoy it.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This album was produced by Steve Cropper, one of the founding members of Booker T. & the MG's. He is also considered one of the best guitarists in the world and co-writer of such classics as "(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay," "In the Midnight Hour," and "Knock on Wood." Cropper was also in The Blues Brothers band during their heyday.


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