John Mellencamp has disowned his younger days–the days when his record company was in control, and he had to use the pseudonym “Cougar”. Yet, Mellencamp fans feel compelled to take a listen to his early stuffand some of it is surprisingly enjoyable.
John Mellencamp, also known as John Cougar Mellencamp, is an American rock singer-songwriter, musician, painter and occasional actor known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock which emphasizes traditional instrumentation.
Throughout his career, John Mellencamp has had to fight, whether it was for the right to record under his own name or for respect as an artist. Of course, he never made it easy on himself. Mellencamp began his career in the late ’70s as a Bruce Springsteen clone called Johnny Cougar.