Cherry Bomb (John Mellencamp song)

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"Cherry Bomb"
Cherry Bomb Single Cover.jpg
Single by John Cougar Mellencamp
from the album The Lonesome Jubilee
B-side "Shama-Lama Ding Dong"
Released October 24, 1987 (1987-10-24)
Format 7", CD single
Recorded Belmont Mall Studio, Indiana
Genre Heartland rock
Length 4:47
Label Mercury
Songwriter(s) John Mellencamp
Producer(s) John Mellencamp, Don Gehman
John Cougar Mellencamp singles chronology
"Paper in Fire"
(1987)
"Cherry Bomb"
(1987)
"Check It Out"
(1988)
"Paper in Fire"
(1987)
"Cherry Bomb"
(1987)
"Check It Out"
(1988)

"Cherry Bomb" is a song by American rock singer John Mellencamp, released as the second single from his ninth studio album The Lonesome Jubilee.

The song was a success in the U.S., reaching #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, #12 on the Adult Contemporary Chart and becoming a top ten hit on the main Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it reached #8.

"Cherry Bomb" is a nostalgic song that reflects back on Mellencamp's teenage years hanging out in clubs with his friends. In a 1989 BBC radio interview, Mellencamp said: "Cherry Bomb is just a name of a club that I made up. The real name of the club was The Last Exit—The Last Exit Teen Club actually was the name of the place. It was a place that we went as kids. The whole world seemed to exist there. Everything that was important happened down in the basement of this church is what it was."

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