John Cougar – “Nothin’ Matters and What If It Did”

The Sleeve:
105_4929 105_4930

The Liner/Sleeve Notes:
None.

Personal Review:
To start, I solely bought this record because of the fact it has Edith Massey on the cover, plus because John Cougar is bad ass.
The album opens with the track “Hot Night in a Cold Town” – which may I say is pretty damn amazing. The best part is like the chorus, “Another HOT NIGHT! AHH AAHH! In… a cold town… YOU GOT ANOTHER… HOT NIGHT!!” (Yes.) Definitely worth the listen for that chorus. Then after that comes “Ain’t Even Done with the Night” (OH! You’re not? …get it? Because the first song was about the night… no? okay.) Anyways, so there is some pretty cool keyboarding at the start of the song. And once again, John Cougar is the best. As this song is so damn cool. ‘Cause he ain’t even done with the night. So, I really like John Cougar. The next song is “Don’t Misunderstand Me” (which starts off like song on Darryl Hall’s solo album… god, I cannot remember the name.) John is pretty amazing. And I love the song. It makes me want to dance. Then again, what doesn’t. Next up, is probably my favorite John Cougar song – “This Time” – not just because it’s amazing, but because the music video too. Oh, and hey, the chorus is pretty cool too. (The amount of times I’ve sung this chorus to only be let down, hahah.) also, let me just remind you, the music video, he is singing to Edith Massey. (For those who do not know who Edith Massey is, I suggest google.) The A-Side ends with the song “Make Me Feel” – which is a slower song, it’s a love song, and I like it. This whole album rocks basically. It’s a great way to end the A-Side.

The B-Side opens with the track “To M.G. (Wherever She May Be)” – let’s give it a listen, which is a nice romancey song, which features a line from the song “This Time” – (“I hope you didn’t lose that innocent laughter, I hope did not take that away“) – the song is pretty great. Next up is the song “Tonight” – and it’s a pretty good track, I can’t complain here. Pretty bad ass musicianship in this song! Next up is the song “Wild Angel” which is a pretty steady rock song, pretty listenable. The album ends with the track “Cheap Shot” – and it’s a pretty great way to end the album, it has a lot of basslines like the song “Footloose” – no complaints on this album. John Cougar rocks.

Interesting Facts:
Well, that IS Edith Massey on the cover.
Oh, and it’s a UK pressing.

Track Listing:
A1 – Hot Night in a Cold Town
A2 – Ain’t Even Done with the Night
A3 – Don’t Misunderstand Me
A4 – This Time
A5 – Make Me Feel

B1 – To M.G. (Wherever She May Be)
B2 – Tonight
B3 – Wild Angel
B4 – Cheap Shot

Label:
Riva Records

Catalog Number:
RVLP 10

Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Produced by Steve Cooper
Co-Producer – Bruce Robb
Mixing – Bruce & Dee Robb
Assistant Engineer – “Larold”
Album Cover – Dawn Patrol
Photography & Design – Jimmy Watchel & Michael Curtis
Sleeve Photograhpy – Aaron Rapoport
Cover Girl – Edith Massey

The Zone:
Piano – Doc Rosser
Bass – Ferd
Guitars & Backing Vocals – Michael “Chief” Wanchic & Larry Crane

Drums – Rick Shlosser & Ed Green
Pedal Steel Guitar – Jeff Baxter
Saxophone – Dave Woodford
Vibes – Kenny Aronoff
Piano – John Jarvis
Back-up Vocals on “This Time” – Susan Duitch Helmer
Recorded at Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles

Thanks to: Ira Leslie, Mike Freas & Shade Tree Studio

Other Albums I Own by John Cougar (Mellencamp):
The Lonesome Jubilee

Released:
1980

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