Whenever We Wanted

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Whenever We Wanted
Studio album by John Mellencamp
Released October 8, 1991
Recorded April–June, 1991
Genre Rock
Length 38:45
Label Mercury
Producer John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp chronology
Big Daddy
(1989)
Whenever We Wanted
(1991)
Human Wheels
(1993)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly B[1]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link

Whenever We Wanted is American singer-songwriter and musician John Mellencamp's eleventh album, and the first to be credited simply to Mellencamp's given name (i.e., without the "Cougar" name).

The album includes the hits "Get A Leg Up" (#1 for three weeks on the Album Rock Tracks chart), "Now More Than Ever" (#3 on the Album Rock Tracks chart), "Last Chance" (#12 on the Album Rock Tracks chart), and "Again Tonight" (#1 for two weeks on the Album Rock Tracks chart). "Get A Leg Up" (#14) and "Again Tonight' (#36) also cracked the Billboard Hot 100.

Entertainment Weekly gave the album a positive review, stating: "To Mellencamp's credit, even though 'Whenever We Wanted' delivers his signature rock & roll punch, he doesn't try to. That Mellencamp still has the courage to make depressing assessments in a pop context is a victory that outweighs the record's other shortcomings."

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by John Mellencamp, except where noted.

  1. "Love and Happiness" – 3:53
  2. "Now More Than Ever" – 3:43
  3. "I Ain't Ever Satisfied" – 3:36
  4. "Get a Leg Up" – 3:47
  5. "Crazy Ones" (Mellencamp, Randy Handley) – 4:01
  6. "Last Chance" – 3:39
  7. "They're So Tough" – 4:17
  8. "Melting Pot" – 4:47
  9. "Whenever We Wanted" – 3:42
  10. "Again Tonight" – 3:17
  11. "Love and Happiness (London Club Mix)" (2005 re-issue bonus track) - 6:33

Personnel[edit]

  • John Mellencamp - vocals, guitar
  • Kenny Aronoff - drums, percussion, vibes
  • Mike Wanchic - guitar, background vocals
  • Toby Myers - bass guitar, background vocals
  • David Grissom - guitars
  • John Cascella - Hammond B-3, accordion, penny whistle, Farfisa Organ
  • Pharez Whitted - trumpet on "Love And Happiness" and "Whenever We Wanted"

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (America)[3]

Year Chart Position
October 26, 1991 The Billboard 200 17

Singles - Billboard (America)[4]

Year Single Chart Position
1991 "Get A Leg Up" The Billboard Hot 100 14
1991 "Get A Leg Up" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
1992 "Now More Than Ever" Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
1992 "Last Chance" Mainstream Rock Tracks 12
1992 "Again Tonight" The Billboard Hot 100 36
1992 "Again Tonight" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arnold, Gina (1991-10-25). "Whenever We Wanted Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-11-05. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: John Mellencamp". Robert Christgau. 
  3. ^ Billboard.com - Discography - John Mellencamp - Whenever We Wanted
  4. ^ Billboard.com - Artist Chart History - John Mellencamp