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John Cougar - American Fool FLAC album

Performer: John Cougar
Genre: Rock
Title: American Fool
Country: US
Released: 1982
Style: Country Rock, Southern Rock, Pop Rock
FLAC version ZIP size: 1663 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1642 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1267 mb
Rating: 4.7
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American Fool is the fifth studio album by John Mellencamp, released under the stage name John Cougar in 1982. The album was his commercial breakthrough, holding the position on the Billboard album chart for nine weeks. It was the best selling album of 1982. 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.

This is a scrappy version of classic rock ‘n’ roll, built around storytelling lyrics and guitar-centered tunes that harkened back to Dylan and the Stones. The playful Hurts So Good became the album’s first hit, but it was the small-town-romance theme of Jack & Diane that truly defined the album’s sensibility. The album’s title cut - added to the remastered version of the album - is a good-natured declaration of independence. More than anything, it’s this sense of personal freedom that makes American Fool such a fun listen - for the first time, John is taking off his Cougar disguise and getting real. American Fool (Remastered) John Cougar.

American Fool stayed on top of the album chart for a couple months. The LP would end up going platinum five times. Although Mellencamp wasn’t fully satisfied with his songwriting on American Fool, he was thrilled to reap the rewards of success. One of those was the ability to begin reclaiming his actual name. If Mellencamp isn't crazy about American Fool, listeners sure have been. It remains his only No. 1 album and his bestseller (followed closely by 1985’s Scarecrow)

Jack & Diane - John Cougar. From the album American Fool (1982). Spinning off one more single with Hand To Hold On To ( Pop), American Fool becomes John Cougar’s long awaited breakthrough album, and one of the biggest sellers of the year. Originally released on CD in the mid 80’s, it is remastered and reissued in 2005, with one additional bonus track. Out of print on vinyl since 1989, it is reissued as a 180 gram LP in 2016 by UMe. American Fool spends nine weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Jack & Diane" is a 1982 hit rock song written and performed by American singer-songwriter John Mellencamp, then performing as "John Cougar. It appears on Mellencamp's album American Fool. It was chosen by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as one of the Songs of the Century. The single spent four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982, and is Mellencamp's most successful hit single.

Album: American Fool (1982). Charted: 25 1. Get the Sheet Music License This Song. Weird Al Yankovic planned to parody this song on his 1983 debut album as "Chuck And Diane," making fun of the royal couple Prince Charles and Lady Diana. Yankovic couldn't get Mellencamp's permission to do the parody (which he asks as a courtesy, as anyone can parody a song as long as proper royalties are paid), so he used the lyrical content for an original song called "Buckingham Blues" instead.


A1 Hurts So Good 3:35
A2 Jack & Diane 4:16
A3 Hand To Hold On To 3:24
A4 Danger List 4:30
A5 Can You Take It 3:30
B1 Thundering Hearts 3:40
B2 China Girl 3:32
B3 Close Enough 3:39
B4 Weakest Moments 4:07


  • Art Direction – Bill Levy
  • Bass – George "Chocolate" Perry
  • Design – John Van Hamersveld
  • Drums – Kenny Aronoff
  • Engineer – Don Gehman, George Tutko, Mark Stebbeds
  • Engineer [Assistant] – Al Stegmeyer, Brad Gilderman, Dennis Hetzendorfer
  • Guitar – Larry Crane, Mike Wanchic
  • Photography – Jurgen Vollmer
  • Producer – Don Gehman, John Cougar Mellencamp


Depósito Legal: M.22.874-1982
Fabricado por Sonic, S.A.
Permiso 93.085

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: SGAE

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
RVL 7501 John Cougar* American Fool ‎(LP, Album, 53-) Riva RVL 7501 US 1982
RVL4 7501 John Cougar* American Fool ‎(Cass, Album, Dol) Riva RVL4 7501 Canada 1982
RVL 7501 John Cougar* American Fool ‎(LP, Album, RE, 180) Riva RVL 7501 US 2016
57004 John Cougar* American Fool ‎(LP) WEA 57004 Australia 1982
U 57004 John Cougar* American Fool ‎(LP, Album) WEA U 57004 Portugal 1982