A nickname that the Columbus, Ohio rock
radio station Q-FM-96
has for heartland rock
er John Mellencamp
, who hails from Indiana
, and is therefore a Hoosier
. He's been in the business for many years and has scored many hits, particularly in the U.S.
. His first hit was "I Need a Lover Who Won't Drive Me Crazy", hit #1 in the U.S. and Canada with "Jack and Diane", and has scored hit after hit since. His recent album hit the top 5 this year. First he was known as "Johnny Cougar", then "John Cougar", then briefly as "John Mellencamp Cougar", then "John Cougar Mellencamp" for the rest of the 80s
, then he dropped the "Cougar" in the 90s
. His sound is pretty much a mixture of Stonesy
rock with a rural atmosphere
and Appalachian folk
instrumentation, although Mellencamp has experimented with other styles, too. He's made a number of really good albums, including Uh-Huh, Scarecrow, The Lonesome Jubilee, Human Wheels, Dance Naked and more. To quote the title of one of his hits, "Check it Out
1. Here in the Midwest
, John Mellencamp has long had a strong fan base. He frequently performs in Ohio
and is very popular here.
2. Q-FM-96 DJ: "... and that was "The Authority Song" from the Uh-Huh album by John Hoosier Melonhead. And speaking of Mellencamp he's scheduled to perform at Polaris Amphitheatre next month, so get your tickets today and we'll see you there!"