John Mellencamp On World Cafe : World Cafe The heartland rock singer-songwriter takes a mellower approach on his new album, Plain Spoken.

John Mellencamp On World Cafe

John Mellencamp On World Cafe

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In the 1980s, singer-songwriter John Mellencamp was known for huge heartland rock hits like "Jack & Diane," "Small Town" and "Pink Houses." Now, he tells World Cafe host David Dye, "It would be ridiculous for me to try to act like a 27-year-old guy at my age. ... I just can't play 'Hurts So Good.' I just can't do it."

Mellencamp says he wants to write and play music that reflects his age. Still, the title of his new album, Plain Spoken, describes Mellencamp's music throughout his career: direct, no-frills expression.

John Mellencamp On World Cafe

Troubled Man

Troubled Man

Sometimes There's God

Sometimes There's God

The Isolation Of Mister

The Isolation Of Mister

Lawless Times

Lawless Times