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    Mon, 03 Oct 2011 14:46:02

    John Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane" Video Was Made For $3k - The song was a hit in October of 1982

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    On Oct. 1 1982, John Mellencamp, who was known as John Cougar at the time, enjoyed the first week of a four-week run atop the radio singles chart with his iconic hit "Jack and Diane." Yeah, you know, his song about two American kids growing up in the heartland!

    "Jack and Diane" was the singer's first No. 1 hit and he reminisced about the video with VH1 Classic.

    "That video was made for $3000," Mellencamp recalled. "I mean, think about the budgets that people have made videos with. I mean the video, if you look at it today is kinda, I wouldn't exactly call it a world-class video. But it was made, I mean a friend of mine, not even a cameraman, shot that video. They gave me some money and I thought well, ‘Okay, let's go buy an 8mm camera and figure out what to do.' It was shot in an afternoon. Not even an afternoon, it was shot in three hours. The whole thing."

    Wow. When I watched that video as a kid, I'd never have thought it was shot in an three hours for three grand! And yes, I used to think about that shit, because I was an ambitious kid who wanted to work at MTV and knew it at the age of six. I wrote soap opera scripts at age seven and had gotten a typewriter for my eighth birthday, so I am not even trying to play with you.

    Watch "Jack and Diane" from the album American Fool.

    What is your favorite John Mellencamp song? Did you like the "Jack and Diane" video?

    —Carly Costello
    10.03.11



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