In 1988, Rolling Stone magazine called this version of Mellencamp's band "one of the most powerful and versatile live bands ever assembled." On the 1984 Uh-Huh Tour, Mellencamp opened his shows with cover versions of songs he admired growing up, including Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel", the Animals' "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", Lee Dorsey's "Ya Ya" and the Left Banke's "Pretty Ballerina". It wasn't let's go back and try to make this part fit into my song, but I wanted to capture the same feeling – the way those songs used to make you feel.Since college, Mellencamp, with the exception of his continuing addiction to nicotine, has lived a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. After a while, we didn't even have to talk about it anymore.
It was a different sound." With some commercial success under his belt, Mellencamp had enough clout to force the record company to add his real surname, Mellencamp, to his stage moniker. "We realized more than ever what a big melting pot of all different types of music the '60s were.
A.," "Paper in Fire,” and "Cherry Bomb." He has amassed 22 Top 40 hits in the United States.
Farm Aid concerts have remained an annual event over the past 34 years, and as of 2019 Rolling Stone contributor Anthony De Curtis said: "Mellencamp has created an important body of work that has earned him both critical regard and an enormous audience.
At this time, Mellencamp, who had given up drugs and alcohol before graduating from college, decided to pursue a career in music and traveled to New York City in an attempt to land a record contract.
After about 18 months of traveling between Indiana and New York City in 19, Mellencamp finally found someone receptive to his music and image in Tony De Fries of Main Man Management.