I Need a Lover
|"I Need a Lover"|
|Single by John Cougar|
|from the album John Cougar|
|B-side||"Welcome to Chinatown"|
|Format||7-inch 45 RPM|
|Recorded||1978 at AIR Studios, London, England|
|Length||5:38, 3:30 (Single)|
|John Cougar singles chronology|
"I Need a Lover" is a rock song written and performed by John Mellencamp under the stage name John Cougar. It first appeared on his 1978 album A Biography, which was not released in the United States. It was also included in his 1979 follow-up album John Cougar and was released as a single, becoming his first Top 40 hit in the U.S. when it reached #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1979.
Mellencamp has stated that "I Need a Lover" was inspired by The Rolling Stones' 1972 song "Happy."
The song also became an album-oriented rock radio hit for singer Pat Benatar, appearing on her 1979 debut album In the Heat of the Night. Hamilton Leithauser (of indie rock band The Walkmen) performed a version of the song in August 2014 for The A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover series.
- The Best That I Could Do 1978–1988 (CD liner). John Mellencamp. U.S.A.: Mercury Records. 1997. p. 9. 314 536 738-2.
- "John Cougar: A Biography: review". allmusic. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "John Cougar: A Biography: review". allmusic. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th Edition). Billboard Books. p. 418. ISBN 0-8230-7499-4.
- "John Mellencamp biography". allmusic. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
- "Pat Benatar: In the Heat of the Night". allmusic. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
- Modell, Josh (12 August 2014). "Hamilton Leithauser covers John Cougar (and he’s playing A.V. Fest)". The A.V. Club. Onion, Inc. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
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