The Kid Inside

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The Kid Inside
John Cougar The Kid Inside.jpg
Studio album by John Cougar
Released January 27, 1983 (1983-01-27)
Recorded 1977
Genre Rock
Label MainMan
Producer John Cougar
John Cougar chronology
American Fool
(1982)American Fool1982
The Kid Inside
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 1/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock 5/10 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[3]

The Kid Inside is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter John Mellencamp. It was released January 27, 1983 by MainMan Records. It was recorded in 1977 for MCA records and was intended to be the follow-up to his debut album Chestnut Street Incident, but MCA declined to release the album and dropped Mellencamp from the label. The recordings remained unreleased until 1983 when Tony DeFries, Mellencamp's former manager, released the album on his own MainMan label. DeFries was attempting to capitalize on the recent success of Mellencamp's breakout album American Fool, which was one of the best-selling album of 1982 and spawned two top 5 singles.[4] This was Mellencamp's last album to be released under the name John Cougar. His next release, Uh-Huh, would be released under the name John Cougar Mellencamp.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by John Mellencamp, except where noted.

  1. "Kid Inside" – 5:32
  2. "Take What You Want" – 3:14
  3. "Cheap Shot" – 3:53
  4. "Sidewalk and Streetlights" – 4:08
  5. "R. Gang" – 2:30
  6. "American Son" – 4:52
  7. "Gearhead" – 2:38
  8. "Young Genocides" – 2:26
  9. "Too Young to Live" – 7:45
  10. "Survive" – 4:09
  11. "The Whore" – 1:21 (Bonus Track)
  12. "The Man Who Sold the World" (David Bowie) – 2:27 (Bonus Track)


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "John Cougar / John Mellencamp - The Kid Inside review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  2. ^ Hotten, Jon (February 2010). "John Cougar - Reissues". Classic Rock. No. 141. p. 93. 
  3. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  4. ^ Cromelin, Richard. "Cougar LP Comes Out of Closet" Los Angeles Times March 5, 1983: E1