American Fool
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American Fool

March 29, 2005

Song Title
Hurts So Good (Album Version)
Jack & Diane (Album Version)
Hand To Hold On To (Album Version)
Danger List (Album Version)
Can You Take It (Album Version)
Thundering Hearts (Album Version)
China Girl (Album Version)
Close Enough (Album Version)
Weakest Moments (Album Version)
American Fool (Bonus Track)

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fool's So Good June 26, 2005
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American Fool was John Cougar's major breakthrough. The album was buoyed by two major hits "Hurts So Good" and "Jack & Diane". The former has a heavy guitar riff that sounds like a motorcycle revving up and it S&M stylings perfectly fit the leather clad rebel rocker image he had at the time. The former has an equally memorable guitar riff, but the song is a reminiscence about days gone by and dealing with growing up. "Hurts So Good" went to number two and "Jack & Diane" became his only number one single and both songs ended up among the ten biggest of 1982. The rest of the album contains some equally pleasing tracks like "Thundering Hearts", "China Girl", "Danger List" and "Hand To Hold On To". The album also went to number one and so far is the only one of his to do so.

The bonus track on this album is the would be title track and it should have been included on the original release.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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OK. The Mellencamp on display here was nowhere to be seen prior to "American Fool."

If you listen to all his albums, in chronological order, one after the other, the second you get to "Hurts So Good", you sense something different.

This guy sound confident, assured. Brash, crystal-clear production.

The melody isn't catchy, it's irresistible. This is a classic pop song.

Then comes "Jack and Diane", a song that went from hit to overplayed to ridiculed to beloved classic. It's his prototype of story songs he had previously failed with, but was to soon master.

The drums simply thunder from your speakers...the remastering process shines here. The hand claps, the sizzling hi-hats...

...this is a chance for even the most jaded Mellencamp fans to rediscover this song, and fall in love with all over again.

Those two songs aren't just great singles, they're amongst the defining songs of an era...

The remainder of the album doesn't (...couldn't...) live up to those two songs, but there are some killer tunes left over. "Hand to Hold Onto" is a sunny single... the bonus track, "American Fool" is better than most of the other songs on the record too!

The classic artist we know and love first rears his head here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars little ditty 'bout jack and diane July 18, 2007
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american fool is a classic album. it has three top 20 hits. jack and diane hit#1,hurts so good hit#2, and hand to hold on to hit#19. the songs weakest moments,danger list,close enough,and can you take it are good too. why did his record company say this album would ruin his career? it dudn't,john mellencamp became more successful after this album came spent 9 weeks at #1. this is an amazing album. ed wilson
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Mellencamp's Breakthrough Album Just Got Better August 12, 2005
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AMERICAN FOOL, John Mellencamp's first big hit album, has just gotten better, thanks to digital remastering and the addition of the title song as a bonus cut. The songs are basic party fare, for the most part, but also include some more serious material as well. Any Mellencamp fan should buy this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Everyone Needs A Hand To Hold Onto" January 11, 2014
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"American Fool" is another classic Mellencamp album.The most well known songs on here are "Hurts So Good" and "Jack & Diane".I am sure EVERYONE who has ever listened to rock music or rock radio,has heard those two tunes at some point in their lives."Hand To Hold Onto" was also released as a single as well,but sadly overlooked.It didin't seem to capture the attention that the other singles got.Thats a shame too,because it's such a great song.It's actually my personal favorite track on here.The rest of the album is just as good though.Songs like "Danger List","China Girl" and "Thundering Hearts" are also great.Hearing the unreleased bonus track,"American Fool",was a real treat.I wonder why John decided to can this song,and not use it.Kinda strange,seeing as though that's what he titled the album.Nevertheless,it's still a pleasure to finally here it.Overall,"American Fool" is a classic album,that sounds even better in it's remastered glory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars American silver classic that hurts ears so good! January 17, 2008
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This is an "American silver classic that hurts ears so good"! After more than a quarter-century on the market,John Cougar's(nee Mellencamp) third commercial album still sells well. Seymour,Indiana-born Cougar reached the peak of his popularity with the Top 20 hits HURTS SO GOOD,JACK & DIANE and HAND TO HOLD ON TO. Not only that,these were his first videos played during the infancy of MTV. This re-issue features the finally released bonus track,the title track. This was one of the top-selling albums of 1982. Other top-sellers of '82 include The J. Geils Band's FREEZE FRAME,Paul McCartney's TUG OF WAR,The Human League's DARE and Men At Work's BUSINESS AS USUAL. This is the last album Cougar would put out under the name John Cougar. He used John Cougar Mellencamp for his next four albums then John Mellencamp for subsequent releases.
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By G. K.
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Did you know? Mick Ronson (David Bowie's guitarist in the early seventies) is credited on this album as a guitar player and backing vocalist. In fact, Mellencamp has described how Ronson came up with the arrangement for `Jack & Diane', including percussion and backing singing ideas.

Not only was this album a huge commercial success for John `Cougar' Mellencamp in 1982, it reached number 1 in the U.S. and Canada and was 5 times Multi-Platinum in both those countries (only his 1985 album would manage those sales again, but only reaching no. 2). With American Fool, JM started to be heard in Europe, probably mostly in the UK and countries like Sweden.
This would explain, the fixation some radio stations still have for the number 1 hit single `Jack & Diane' ** which I find bland (each to his own). The single released just before that, `Hurts so Good' **** is so much more enjoyable: it's sassy and it's great to dance to and sing along to. Mellencamp said that he came up with the lines of the chorus while in the shower (that was cheeky already!) and then he finished the song very quickly with his then very good friend George Green. The video was pretty crass, on purpose I guess. The song reached no. 2 in the U.S. and no. 1 in Canada and featured on the 1998 re-issued soundtrack Footloose, `cos it's so hard not to dance to it . I really like the next single (also co-written with G. Green) `Thundering Hearts' ** it packs a punch with some dirty guitars and aggressive vocals and it has a perfect chorus for live performances, but has never been included in any compilations. `Hand To Hold On To' * was also a single, it's catchy too, somehow, despite the simplistic lyrics and the unexpected romantic style.
In fact, the album has a good balance of early eighties rock tunes and slow songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia music
Right on time, enjoy his music,bring back my memories and place the order was very well prepared, would like to do it again
Published 6 months ago by Danny Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
It's John Mellencamp 'nuff said.

I grew up with him, so I find this nostalgic.

You haven't heard of him, give him a try.
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A classic and masterpiece all rolled into one. I have been a Cougar or Mellencamp fan for the last 30 years and he hit the nail on the head with this one. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Darren d.
American Fool is a good cd hurts so good and hand to hold on to. hey that was ROCK in the 80`s for me!!.GOOD SONG`S on this cd. I gave this cd a 3 star good cd. Read more
Published on June 23, 2011 by Big Dog.
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd in line, second best
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