John Mellencamp Reminds us His Distaste for Small Talk

It’s no secret that Mellencamp does not suffer fools – he doesn’t have the time.

The first time I heard his music was during the long instrumental breaks of “I Need A Lover.” from 1979. Being 19, at the time, and having moved from a tiny town in north east New Brunswick to the big city of Edmonton I was immersing myself in the pulse of the place and with my first full time adult job buying all the vinyl I could.

Through the years I have gone from wanting to hang out with some of my heroes to knowing that term “don’t meet your heroes” might have some credence. I’ve met many in 34 years in radio. Most have been nice. Radio guys have a mutually beneficial relationship with artists. We need the interview they need promotion – both are free. Would I hang with Mellencamp? Probably, at least he would not lie to you.

He told People magazine, “I don’t really plan, and I’ve never cared about my image — just about my family, my kids, Why would I care what some guy on the Internet thinks?” He did share my box set review video on his website a few years ago.

There’s always this image of him living in his native Indiana but Mellencamp says, “It’s truly a misconception because I’m always doing something,” he says. “The idea that I’m in Indiana all the time has always been a misconception, for the last 40 years. I go there when I have a chance.”

In the interview the vocalist says he’s not a fan of playing “the game” or going places that he doesn’t want to be seen. He was once invited to the trendy club CBGB’s and his reaction was,” I don’t want to be here. I don’t know these people.’ I was not put on this earth to make small talk.”

His new album “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies” is out now; his summer tour kicks off June 5th. – by John Beaudin

There’s a link to the People interview below –

John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.

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