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Mellencamp Admits He "Always Detested" One of His Biggest Hits

John Mellencamp revealed in a recent interview that he’d “always detested” his hit song “Jack & Diane” despite its huge success.

“I always detested that song, until the last couple of years,” the singer admitted during a recent conversation. Mellencamp further explained that he's still shocked to see the song connecting with people 40 years after it was released.


“I watched a football game this past weekend, and 80,000 people were singing that song at halftime. Can you imagine? I thought, ‘shit’ I said, ‘How do all these people know this song?’"

Mellencamp’s relationship with Jack & Diane has always been a struggle. The song, which spent four weeks at No. 1 in 1982, was notoriously difficult to record. In the past, the rocker has sidestepped questions about the track, generally stating he “can’t hate it too much.”

In the recent interview with Forbes, Mellencamp was also asked about his music’s place in popular culture. In that regard, the singer admitted he remains purposefully unaware.

“I'm not really part of that club. I live a very solitary life,” the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer explained. “I'm alone a lot, whenever I can be. I'm alone on top of this mountain. So I don't really pay attention to popular culture. Like I was talking to Bruce Springsteen recently and he asked me if I watched the Grammys. I said, ‘No, I didn't even know they were happening.’ He goes, ‘Well, we got nothing to do with it.’ [chuckle] I said, ‘Well, I figured that out.’ We got nothing to do with that. It means nothing to me at this point in my life.”


Mellencamp’s new album, 'Strictly A One-Eyed Jack' drops on January 21 with Springsteen featuring on three of the LP's tracks.



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