Song of the Day #4,286: ‘Brothers’ – John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp released my favorite of his albums, Human Wheels, in 1983. Despite that record’s excellence, his label was reportedly unhappy with the result because it didn’t “fit the format.”

In response, Mellencamp delivered a follow-up album that he recorded in just two weeks, with few instruments and little attention to the production. You want the format, he was saying, I’ll give you the format. That album was 1984’s Dance Naked.

As it turns out, the format makes for a pretty good, if forgettable, album.

Dance Naked spawned an unexpected hit with a cover of Van Morrison’s ‘Wild Life,’ performed as a duet with Me’shell Ndegeocello. The rest of the album has the laid-back charm Mellencamp brings to most of his music.

Today’s Random Weekend selection is a reminder I should listen to him more than I do.

Let’s get to the point now
Just because we’ve got the same mom and dad
That don’t mean I’m your keeper
That don’t mean I owe anything to you
You don’t care for me
And man, I don’t think that much of you

Cause we’re brothers, brothers, brothers
I don’t approve of anything you do
Cause we’re brothers, brothers, brothers
Cain and Abel and me and you
You drove my car when we were young boys
And you tore it up too
You never paid to get it fixed
And you got me beat up a time or two
I know I should forgive and forget
But man I still hold a grudge against you

It’s as normal as it can be
This sibling rivalry
We should have dropped it at 22
But man I can’t stand the thins you do
Cause we’re brothers, brothers, brothers
You’re always wanting something from me
Cause we’re brothers, brothers, brothers
It was so much fun having you in the family
Cause we’re brothers, brothers, brothers
Now that we’re grown it ain’t helped nothin’ at all
Cause we’re brothers, brothers, brothers
On my birthday, please don’t bother to call
Cause we’re brothers, brothers, brothers
Brothers, brothers, brother
Yeah, you’re my brother, brother, brother
Brothers, brothers, brothers
Yeah, we’re brothers, brothers, brothers
Yeah, we’re brothers, brothers, brothers
Brothers, brothers, brothers

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,286: ‘Brothers’ – John Mellencamp

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Yeah, I remember this album being pretty good, but not nearly as good as.Human Wheels or Lonesome Jubilee.

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