Monday, February 14, 2022

John Mellencamp - Nothin' Matters and What If It Did (1980)

John Mellencamp - Nothin' Matters and What If It Did (1980)

Tracklist front / back album covers

1. "Hot Night in a Cold Town"   3:47

2. "Ain't Even Done with the Night"   4:38

3. "Don't Misunderstand Me"   3:33

4. "This Time"   4:18

5. "Make Me Feel"   4:04

6. "To M.G. (Wherever She May Be)"   4:50

7. "Tonight"   3:17

8. "Cry Baby"   0:25

9. "Wild Angel"   3:13

10. "Peppermint Twist"   0:28

11. "Cheap Shot"   3:00

2005 reissue bonus track

12. "Latest Game"   3:56

John Mellencamp Band Members / Musicians

John Mellencamp – vocals, guitar

Doc Rosser – piano

Mike Wanchic – guitars, backing vocals

Larry Crane – guitars, backing vocals

Rick Shlosser – drums

Ed Greene – drums

Jeff Baxter – pedal steel guitar

Dave Woodford – saxophone

Kenny Aronoff – vibes

Robert "Ferd" Frank – bass guitar, backing vocals

John Barlow Jarvis – piano

Susan Duitch Helmer – backing vocals on "This Time"

Nothin' Matters and What If It Did is John Mellencamp's 4th studio album, under his pseudonym of John Cougar. Produced by soul pioneer Steve Cropper, the album includes the Top 40 hits "Ain't Even Done with the Night", which reached No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 as the album's second single, and "This Time", which peaked at No. 27 as the album's lead single.

The woman pictured on the album's cover and seen in the music video for "This Time" is actress Edith Massey, a member of the Dreamlanders troupe who often appeared in the films of John Waters. Massey was chosen because, as Mellencamp told Rolling Stone in late 1980, "I was looking for a typical heavy woman to convey a lower-middle-class way of living."

A remastered version of Nothin' Matters and What If It Did was released on Mercury/Island/UMe on March 29, 2005; it includes one bonus track, "Latest Game", which, according to the liner notes, was taken from the sessions for Mellencamp's 1982 album American Fool.

The album is certified Platinum by the RIAA.

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