Nothin' Matters and What If It Did

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Nothin' Matters And What If It Did
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Studio album by John Cougar
Released September 15, 1980
Recorded 1980
Genre Rock
Length 35:59
Label Riva
Producer Steve Cropper
John Cougar chronology
John Cougar
(1979)John Cougar1979
Nothin' Matters And What If It Did
American Fool
(1982)American Fool1982

Nothin' Matters and What If It Did is John Mellencamp's fourth studio album, under his pseudonym of John Cougar. It includes the moderate hits "Ain't Even Done with the Night," which reached #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 as the album's second single, and "This Time," which peaked at #27 as the album's lead single.

"The singles were stupid little pop songs," Mellencamp told Record Magazine in 1983. "I take no credit for that record. It wasn't like the title was made up – it wasn't supposed to be punky or cocky like some people thought. Toward the end, I didn't even go to the studio. Me and the guys in the band thought we were finished, anyway. It was the most expensive record I ever made. It cost $280,000, do you believe that? The worst thing was that I could have gone on making records like that for hundreds of years. Hell, as long as you sell a few records and the record company isn't putting a lot of money into promotion, you're making money for 'em and that's all they care about. PolyGram loved Nothin' Matters. They thought I was going to turn into the next Neil Diamond."

Mellencamp wrote "To M.G. (Wherever She May Be)" in remembrance of his high school girlfriend, whose name was Margie (aka M.G.).[1] "I'm not a nostalgic person, so it always surprises me that I'm pretty good at writing nostalgic songs," Mellencamp said in the liner notes to his 2010 box set On the Rural Route 7609. "It's like there is a nostalgic part of me that I won't admit to myself. But I wrote the song in 1977 in Germany, and it's about my first girlfriend. I had watched a Bette Davis film, and I always thought this girl acted like and in a funny way looked like Bette Davis, even when were kids. I saw her a couple of years ago, and she said that it was one of the happiest moments in her life that I had taken the time to reflect back and write a song about us as adolescents. She was really kind."

The woman on the album's cover is actress Edith Massey, a member of the Dreamlanders troupe who often appeared in the films of John Waters. Massey was chosen because, as Mellencamp told Rolling Stone in late 1980, "I was looking for a typical heavy woman to convey a lower-middle-class way of living."[2]

The remastered version of Nothin' Matters and What If It Did was released March 29, 2005 on Mercury/Island/UMe and includes one bonus track, "Latest Game," which, according to the liner notes, was taken from the sessions for Mellencamp's 1982 album American Fool.[3]

The album is certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Mellencamp, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hot Night in a Cold Town" Geoffrey Cushing-Murray, Richard Littlefield 3:47
2. "Ain't Even Done with the Night"   4:38
3. "Don't Misunderstand Me"   3:33
4. "This Time"   4:18
5. "Make Me Feel"   4:04
6. "To M.G. (Wherever She May Be)"   4:50
7. "Tonight"   3:17
8. "Cry Baby"   0:25
9. "Wild Angel"   3:13
10. "Peppermint Twist" Henry Glover, Joey DiNicola 0:28
11. "Cheap Shot"   3:00
2005 reissue bonus track
No. Title Length
12. "Latest Game" 3:56




Year Chart Position
1981 Billboard 200 37


Year Single Chart Position
1980 "This Time" Billboard Hot 100 27
1981 "Ain't Even Done with the Night" Billboard Hot 100 17
1981 "Ain't Even Done with the Night" Billboard Top Tracks 44