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John Mellencamp in 1978?

Discussion in 'Finders Keepers' started by JennyBee, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. JennyBee

    JennyBee New Member

    I'm new to this s forum, but have been reading King's books for decades. As a child of the 80's, familiar with pop music, and King's history of working it into his stories, I was surprised to see Morris refer to John Mellencamp on pp 90 of Finders Keepers. This was strange enough to make me actually find out when "I Need a Lover", sung by another prisoner, was released by John COUGAR. Turns out it didn't hit the US until 1979. So what? You say. If SK didn't have a collaborative working relationship with John Mellencamp, it would be easier to gloss over. Perhaps it is just a small professional courtesy to use his preferred name over his old stage name, despite the time frame.
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  2. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the SKMB! Keep posting!

    I haven't read Finders Keepers yet, so don't know the context of the quote.
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  3. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator


    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....it was first released on his LP "A Biography" in 1978 out of the states, became a hit in Australia and because of that, was re-packaged on his 1979 self-titled follow-up album-and that doesn't rule out airplay I '78-considering that was my first year as a Disc jockey and Announcer, and I was spinning it-it's possible that it was heard, just not in mass release till later....Mellencamp confessed in a 2005 interview: "That (name) was put on me by some manager. I went to New York and everybody said, 'You sound like a hillbilly.' And I said, 'Well, I am.' So that's where he came up with that name. I was totally unaware of it until it showed up on the album jacket. When I objected to it, he said, 'Well, either you're going to go for it, or we’re not going to put the record out.' So that was what I had to do... but I thought the name was pretty silly."....so I "say" all of that to say this-yeah, given their working relationship AND that it's his given name, not to mention John's sucky personality-it was probably done as a small courtesy.....
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  5. JennyBee

    JennyBee New Member

    I found out the same release info you cited. I think it's taking a few liberties, (there's airplay, and there's enough airplay to get you sung in a jail) but if the goal was to get a John reference in the book, that would explain it all.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...I pulled mine from memory, years of radio trivia and Billboard...I just pulled his quote from Wiki....
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  7. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Now I want to hear the song again. hey.

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  8. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    Me either, waiting on paperback release.
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  9. Steffen

    Steffen Well-Known Member

    Smack dab in the middle of reading Finders Keepers and I think the explanation is pretty much what's covered by GntlGnt. King would have used the Mellencamp surname as a courtesy, on account of JM's ornery nature. Also, totally not related to the OP's question: JM is my favourite musical artist, equalled only by Bruce Springsteen. Says a hell of a lot about the appeal of their songwriting/music that a kid from the Caribbean can namecheck those two as his favourite musicians.
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  10. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Just listened to and replying to my own my post from back when.

    I agree with myself again. So there ya go.

    Last edited: May 29, 2016
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  11. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    It's out in PB! I saw it at the store yesterday--quite a nice cover :)
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  12. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    Thanks for telling me. Hey, speaking of covers, I was on Amazon yesterday and noticed King had about a dozen new covers (mass market pbk, tall).
    Not the primitive covers in trade format, these were really cool. I saw Needful Things, Cujo, Thinner, Christine, Desperation, and many others. I wondered why no one had created a thread. I tried to copy and paste images here but it's copyrighted. Thanks, again.
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  13. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Yep, I think that's what these were. There was a row of King books with covers I'd never seen. The graphics department should be proud--all of them are lovely.
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  14. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Start the thread! I just see the covers in my area. Wonder how this works, sorry if the question has been asked.

    Ms. Mod or skimom2 would know.

    I am sure they must be approved, by someone before release.
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  15. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    I had that John Cougar album. I could've sworn it was the late 70's when I purchased it. The whole album was excellent but I loved 'Taxi Dancer' most of all.
  16. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

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