John Cougar (album)

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John Cougar
Studio album by John Cougar
Released July 27, 1979 (1979-07-27)[1]

Criteria Studios, Miami, 1979

("I Need a Lover" recorded at AIR Studios, London, England in 1978)
Genre Rock
Length 43:20
Label Riva
Producer Ron Albert & Howard Albert;
John Punter ("I Need a Lover")
John Cougar chronology
A Biography
John Cougar
Nothin' Matters and What If It Did
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars [3]

John Cougar (titled Miami in Australia) is the third album released by John Mellencamp and the first under the name "John Cougar". Released in 1979, following the Australian success of "I Need a Lover" from the previous year's A Biography (which did not receive a U.S. release), the album included the aforementioned track for U.S. audiences, as well as a re-working of A Biography's "Taxi Dancer."

"I Need a Lover", upon the release of this album, became a hit in the US as well as in Australia, where "Miami" was the album's first single and became his second Top 40 hit. "I Need a Lover" was subsequently covered by Pat Benatar on her album In the Heat of the Night. In the US, however, "Small Paradise" was released as a single in place of "Miami," but was not very successful. During concerts to promote the album, guitarist Mike Wanchic would trade lead vocals with Mellencamp on "Miami".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by John Mellencamp.

  1. "A Little Night Dancin'" – 3:43
  2. "Small Paradise" – 3:40
  3. "Miami" – 3:53
  4. "Great Mid-west" – 4:29
  5. "Do You Think That's Fair" – 4:48
  6. "I Need a Lover" – 5:35
  7. "Welcome to Chinatown" – 3:59
  8. "Sugar Marie" – 4:16
  9. "Pray for Me" – 3:30
  10. "Taxi Dancer" – 5:02
  11. "Take Home Pay" (2005 k) – 3:10



Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1980 Pop Albums 64

Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1979 "I Need a Lover" The Billboard Hot 100 28
1980 "Small Paradise" The Billboard Hot 100 87


  • John Mellencamp - vocal, guitar
  • Brian BecVar - piano, keyboards
  • Larry Crane - guitars, backing vocals
  • Mike Wanchic - guitars, backing vocals
  • Robert "Ferd" Frank - bass
  • Tom Knowles - drums