myRockworld memorabilia: John Cougar - American Fool 1982 vinyl LP signed by John Cougar, guitarist Larry Crane, bassist George 'chocolate' Perry, and backup singers Gloria Scott and Lisa Mordente
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MRW Info: American Fool is the fifth album released by John Mellencamp, released under the stage name John Cougar in 1982. The album was his commercial breakthrough, holding the #1 position on the Billboard album chart for nine weeks. It was one of 1982's best-selling albums.
According to a 1983 article in the Toledo Blade, the song "Danger List" originated when Mellencamp heard his guitarist Larry Crane playing some chords in a basement rehearsal room. "I turned on the tape recorder and sang 30 verses," Mellencamp explained. "I just made them up. Then I went and weeded out the ones I didn't like." The remastered version was released March 29, 2005 on Mercury/Island/UMe and includes one bonus track, the previously unreleased title track.