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American Fool – John Cougar

American Fool © John Cougar, Riva Records [Fair Use]
American Fool © John Cougar, Riva Records [Fair Use]

American Fool is the fifth studio album by John Mellencamp, released under the stage name John Cougar on April 12, 1982.

The album was his commercial breakthrough, holding the #1 position on the Billboard album chart for nine weeks and was one of 1982’s best-selling albums.

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. “I turned on the tape recorder and sang 30 verses,” Mellencamp explained. “I just made them up. Then I went and weeded out the ones I didn’t like.”

The remastered version was released on March 29, 2005 on Mercury/Island/UMe and includes one bonus track, the previously unreleased title track.

Track listing

1. “Hurts So Good”
2. “Jack & Diane”
3. “Hand to Hold on To”
4. “Danger List”
5. “Can You Take It”
6. “Thundering Hearts”
7. “China Girl”
8. “Close Enough”
9. “Weakest Moments”
10. “American Fool”

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