Uh-huh

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Uh-Huh
John Cougar Mellencamp-Uh-Huh (album cover).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 23, 1983 (1983-10-23)
RecordedJackson County, Indiana
July 1983
GenreRock, heartland rock
Length32:59
LabelRiva
ProducerJohn Mellencamp, Don Gehman
John Cougar Mellencamp chronology
The Kid Inside
(1983)
Uh-Huh
(1983)
Scarecrow
(1985)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]

Uh-Huh is a 1983 album by John Cougar Mellencamp, a stage name for John Mellencamp. It was Mellencamp's seventh studio album and the first in which he used his real last name. It charted at #9 on the Billboard 200.

Uh-Huh contained three Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits: "Crumblin' Down" (#9), "Authority Song" (#15), and "Pink Houses" (#8). In 1989, it was ranked #32 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Albums of the 80's.

The remastered version was released March 29, 2005 on Mercury/Island/UMe and includes one bonus track.[4]

Songwriting collaborations[edit]

Mellencamp almost always writes all of his own material. However, Uh-Huh saw him engage in one-time collaborations with two distinctly different songwriters: the legendary John Prine on "Jackie O," and the unknown Will Cary on "Lovin' Mother Fo Ya."

Of "Jackie O," Mellencamp said on the Bob and Tom Show in November 2004: "I can't take credit – John Prine wrote most of that song."

Mellencamp had written "Lovin' Mother Fo Ya" and was playing it live on his 1982 American Fool tour before it was even recorded (and before Cary had anything to do with the song). According to a 2003 article on LouisvilleMusic.com, Cary sent Mellencamp's guitarist Mike Wanchic a copy of "Out of My Dreams," an album he had recorded with his band the Nightcrawlers. "Out of My Dreams" contained a song called "Cruisin' in the Park," which Mellencamp liked. This led to a phone call regarding Mellencamp's wanting to record "Cruisin' in the Park" as the first single from "Uh-Huh." Cary recalled, "He ended up using the fourth verse from my song to start his song, 'Lovin Mother Fo Ya'." A writing-credit deal was signed and Cary got 15% royalties for that song.

In addition, Mellencamp turned a song his hairdresser, Dan Ross (also lead singer in a local Indiana band), had started into "Play Guitar." Mellencamp's guitar player, Larry Crane, added to the music of "Play Guitar," which has numerous musical similarities to Van Morrison's "Gloria."

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by John Mellencamp, except where noted.

  1. "Crumblin' Down" (Mellencamp, George Green) – 3:33
  2. "Pink Houses" – 4:43
  3. "Authority Song" – 3:49
  4. "Warmer Place to Sleep" (Mellencamp, Green) – 3:48
  5. "Jackie O" (Mellencamp, John Prine) – 3:04
  6. "Play Guitar" (Larry Crane, Mellencamp, Dan Ross) – 3:25
  7. "Serious Business" – 3:25
  8. "Lovin' Mother Fo Ya" (Will Cary, Mellencamp) – 3:06
  9. "Golden Gates" – 4:04
  10. "Pink Houses" (acoustic version, 2005 re-issue bonus track) – 3:47

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
January 28, 1984 Billboard 200 9

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1983 "Crumblin Down" Billboard Hot 100 9
1984 "Pink Houses" Billboard Hot 100 8
1984 "Authority Song" Billboard Hot 100 15

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1983 "Crumblin Down" Billboard Top Tracks 2
1983 "Pink Houses" Billboard Top Tracks 3
1984 "Serious Business" Billboard Top Tracks 34
1984 "Play Guitar" Billboard Top Tracks 28
1984 "Authority Song" Billboard Top Tracks 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Artist 2278".
  3. ^ "Uh-Huh".
  4. ^ "John Mellencamp – Official Website :: Discography".