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John Mellencamp - Scarecrow RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum! Click here to see this CD at!

By Randy Silver

Though the comparison has often been applied to him unfairly, it's fair to say that Scarecrow is to John Cougar Mellencamp what Born in the U.S.A. is to Bruce Springsteen: a hugely popular hit that solidified both his fan base and his critical reputation. The one important difference is that U.S.A.'s message was largely misinterpreted (Ronald Reagan co-opted the title song in a manner that's tragically ironic), while Scarecrow's ode to Mellencamp's native Indiana comes through loud and clear. Shortly after the release of this album, Mellencamp got involved in the Farm Aid benefit-concert series, and his concern for that lifestyle is evident on songs like "Small Town," "Rain on the Scarecrow," and "Rumbleseat"; other songs ("Lonely Old Night," "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.") are straight from the heart(land).

1. Rain On The Scarecrow7. Justice And Independence '85
2. Grandma's Theme8. Between A Laugh And A Tear
3. Small Town9. Rumbleseat
4. Minutes To Memories10. You've Got To Stand For Somethin'
5. Lonely Ol' Night11. R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A. (A Salute To 60's Rock)
6. The Face Of The Nation12. The Kind Of Fella I Am


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"Scarecrow was the first album I heard that sounded as if it was about the world where I grew up - a small Kansas town. This album spoke about people I knew, the pain of failing farms you saw everyday, the joy of the rumbleseat and the of course Jack & Diane's romance. Almost two decades later it can take you back to Main Street or a windswept field. Ages well. Simply a great album, although if you grew up in Brooklyn it might take a bit of imagination to translate its reality."


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Artist: John Mellencamp

Released: August 29, 1985

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Platinum (4)

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