John Mellencamp (album)

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John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp eponymous cover.jpg
Studio album by John Mellencamp
Released October 6, 1998
Recorded 1998
Genre Rock
Length 45:56
Label Columbia
Producer John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp chronology
The Best That I Could Do 1978-1988
(1997)The Best That I Could Do 1978-19881997
John Mellencamp
Rough Harvest
(1999)Rough Harvest1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

John Mellencamp is the 15th album by American singer-songwriter and musician John Mellencamp, released in 1998. It was the first of three albums Mellencamp would record for Columbia Records. "On this record, we ended up quite a bit away from where we started," Mellencamp told Guitar World Acoustic in 1998. "Initially, I wanted to make a record that barely had drums on it. Donovan made a record (in 1966), Sunshine Superman, and I wanted to start with that same kind of vibe—Eastern, very grand stories, fairy tales. We ended up with a few Eastern instruments. But everybody prepared to make that record. After the last tour, I gave everybody Sunshine Superman, and I said: 'Listen to this record, because you're going to need to know it.'"

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fruit Trader" (John Mellencamp) – 3:57
  2. "Your Life Is Now" (Mellencamp, George Green) – 3:59
  3. "Positively Crazy" (Mellencamp, Green, Andy York) – 4:09
  4. "I'm Not Running Anymore" (Mellencamp) – 3:26
  5. "It All Comes True" (Mellencamp, Green) – 3:58
  6. "Eden Is Burning" (Mellencamp) – 3:50
  7. "Where The World Began" (Mellencamp, Green) – 3:29
  8. "Miss Missy" (Mellencamp) – 3:40
  9. "Chance Meeting At The Tarantula" (Mellencamp) – 4:05
  10. "Break Me Off Some" (Mellencamp, Moe Z M.D., Green) – 4:10
  11. "Summer Of Love" (Mellencamp, York) – 4:01
  12. "Days Of Farewell" (Mellencamp, Toby Myers) – 3:12


  • John Mellencamp – vocals, guitar


  • Dane Clark – drums, percussion
  • Toby Myers – bass, vocals
  • Miriam Sturm – violin, keys, vocals
  • Mike Wanchic – guitars, vocals
  • Andy York – guitars, Indian instruments, keys, vocals
  • Moe Z M.D. – keys, loops, vocals


  • Lisa Germano – violin, harmonica on "Miss Missy"
  • Janas Hoyt – vocals
  • Killa – vocals
  • Stan Lynch – drums on "Miss Missy"
  • Pat Peterson – vocals on "Miss Missy"
  • Vess "Elvis" Ruhtenberg – bass on "It All Comes True"
  • Jimmy Ryser – vocals
  • Izzy Stradlin – guitar on "Miss Missy"


AlbumBillboard (America)[4]

Year Chart Position
October 24, 1998 The Billboard 200 41

SinglesBillboard (America)[5]

Year Single Chart Position
1998 "Your Life Is Now" Mainstream Rock Tracks 15
Adult Contemporary 19
1999 "I'm Not Running Anymore" Mainstream Rock Tracks 37
Adult Contemporary 22