Chestnut Street Incident
|Chestnut Street Incident|
|Studio album by|
|Released||October 1, 1976|
|Studio||Gilfoy Sound Studio, Bloomington, Indiana,|
The Hit Factory, New York City
|Producer||Tony Defries, James J. C. Andrews|
|Johnny Cougar chronology|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Signing on with David Bowie's manager, Tony DeFries, Mellencamp travelled to New York City to cut this first album. DeFries would also go on to produce the album as well. With the thinking that a name like "Mellencamp" wouldn't generate a lot of interest DeFries changed Mellencamp's name to "Johnny Cougar." Mellencamp would later go on to say that he had no idea about the name change until he saw the final product and that nobody had ever called him "Johnny" before. It would take Mellencamp 15 years to have his full real name on an album, Whenever We Wanted, in 1991.
With five of the tracks covers from the 50s and 60s, only six are original songs by Mellencamp. The 1998 Original Masters rerelease added two bonus songs that were also covers. The album only sold 12,000 copies when it was originally released, which would lead to MCA's refusal to release his next album, The Kid Inside, and drop Mellencamp.
All tracks composed by Johnny Cougar (a.k.a. John Mellencamp); except where indicated
- "American Dream" – 2:21
- "Oh, Pretty Woman" (Bill Dees, Roy Orbison) – 2:54
- "Jailhouse Rock" (Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller) – 2:11
- "Dream Killing Town" (Cougar, George M. Green) – 3:20
- "Supergirl" (Aldo Legui, Bob Marcus) – 2:37
- "Chestnut Street" – 3:18
- "Good Girls" – 3:09
- "Do You Believe in Magic?" (John Sebastian) – 2:38
- "Twentieth Century Fox" (John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison) – 2:14
- "Chestnut Street Revisited" – 5:22
- "Sad Lady" (Cougar, George M. Green) – 3:26
- "Hit the Road Jack" (Percy Mayfield)* [bonus] – 2:32
- "I Need Somebody Baby" (Iggy Pop, James Williamson)* [bonus] – 3:43
- John Mellencamp – vocals, guitar
- Mike Boyer, Richard Kelly, Mick Ronson, Mike Wanchic – guitars
- David Mansfield – steel guitar, mandolin, violin
- Michael Kamen – keyboards
- Tom Wince – keyboards, chimes
- Kirk Butler – synthesizer, percussion, engineer
- David Parman - bass, guitar, backing vocals
- Wayne Hall – saxophone
- Bill Bergman, Jerry Deupree, Hilly Michaels – drums
- Tony Defries - producer
- James J. C. Andrews - co-producer
- Bruce Tergesen - engineer
- Hotten, Jon (February 2010). "John Cougar - Reissues". Classic Rock. No. 141. p. 93.
- Wild 1986.
- Brackett & Hoard 2004, p. 536.
- Hunt, Dennis (December 7, 1980). "Rock singer wages war against pretentiousness". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). (Los Angeles Times). p. 2D.
- Stafford 2012.
- Online resources
- "About". Mellencamp.com. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4 ed.). New York City: Fireside. p. 536. ISBN 9780743201698. Retrieved 30 September 2016.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "John Cougar / John Mellencamp - Chestnut Street Incident review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
- Stafford, James (16 May 2012). "From The Stacks: The Kid Inside and Chestnut Street Inciden". Why It Matter: Music. Memoir. More. Retrieved 30 September 2016.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- Wild, David (23 October 1986). "John Mellencamp: Chestnut Street Incident". Rolling Stone Magazine. Retrieved 30 September 2016.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)