Tuesday, February 15, 2022

John Mellencamp - Scarecrow (1985)


John Mellencamp - Scarecrow (1985)


Tracklist front / back album covers


"Rain on the Scarecrow" (Mellencamp, George M. Green) – 3:46

"Grandma's Theme" (traditional)[A] – 0:56

"Small Town" – 3:41

"Minutes to Memories" (Mellencamp, Green) – 4:11

"Lonely Ol' Night" – 3:45

"The Face of the Nation" – 3:13

"Justice and Independence '85" – 3:32

"Between a Laugh and a Tear" – 4:32

"Rumbleseat" – 2:58

"You've Got to Stand for Somethin'" – 4:32

"R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. (A Salute to 60s Rock)" – 2:54

"The Kind of Fella I Am" [cassette and CD only] – 2:55

"Small Town" (Acoustic Version) [2005 re-issue bonus track] - 4:14



John Mellencamp Band Members / Musicians

John Mellencamp – vocals, guitar, harmonica on "Small Town"

Larry Crane – electric guitars, acoustic guitars, backing vocals

Kenny Aronoff – drums, tambourine, vibes, backing vocals

Mike Wanchic – electric guitars, backing vocals

Toby Myers – electric bass, backing vocals

John Cascella – keyboards

Rickie Lee Jones – vocals on "Between a Laugh and a Tear"

Sarah Flint – background vocals on "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A."

Laura Mellencamp (John Mellencamp's grandmother) – lead vocal on "Grandma's Theme"

Mimi Mapes – backing vocals on "Minutes to Memories"

A. Jack Wilkins – saxophone on "Justice and Independence '85"

Richard Fanning – trumpet on "Justice and Independence '85"

Ry Cooder – slide guitar on "The Kind of Fella I Am"



Scarecrow is the 8th studio album by John Mellencamp. Released in August 1985, it peaked at #2 on the U.S. chart. The remastered version was released May 24, 2005 on Mercury/Island/UMe and includes one bonus track.

This album contained three Top 10 hits, a record for a Mellencamp album: "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.," which peaked at #2 in the U.S.; "Lonely Ol' Night," which peaked at #6; and "Small Town," which also peaked at #6. "Lonely Ol' Night" also peaked at #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, his second chart-topping single on this chart.

In 1989, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Scarecrow #95 on its list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s, saying: "Scarecrow consolidated the band's rugged, roots-rock thrash and the ongoing maturation of Mellencamp's lyrics."

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