Pink houses album cover

Pink houses album cover DEFAULT

Pink Houses

For other uses, see Pink House.

1983 single by John Cougar Mellencamp

"Pink Houses" is a song written and performed by John Cougar Mellencamp. It was released on 23 October 1983 album Uh-Huh on Riva Records. It reached No. 8 on the USBillboard Hot 100 in early 1984 and No. 15 in Canada. "Pink Houses" was ranked No. 447 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.


Recorded in a farmhouse in Brownstown, Indiana, the song was inspired when Mellencamp was driving along an overpass on the way home to Bloomington, Indiana, from the Indianapolis airport. There was an old black man sitting outside his little pink shotgun house with his cat in his arms, completely unperturbed by the traffic speeding along the highway in his front yard. "He waved, and I waved back," Mellencamp said in an interview with Rolling Stone. "That's how 'Pink Houses' started."[2][3]

Mellencamp has stated many times since the release of "Pink Houses" that he's unhappy with the song's final verse. At an October 2014 press conference, he stated: "A long time ago, I wrote a song called 'Pink Houses.' Now when I hear that song, all I can think is: 'Why didn't I do a better job on the last verse?' If I had written it today, the last verse would've had more meaning."[4]

Music video[edit]

Producers: Don Gehman, Little Bastard.
Director: Chris Gabrin.
First aired: December 1983.[5]
Shot in Southern Indiana locations such as Seymour, Austin, and Bloomington in August and September 1983. The house appearing near the beginning (with man on porch) is located at 530 West York Road in Austin, Indiana. The white, two-story gas station known as Bedel’s Store, bedecked in patriotic buntings and an American flag, was located on the SE corner at the intersection of Indiana State Road 250 and U.S. Highway 31 in Uniontown, Indiana (lat 38.843458: long -85.822764) and is no longer present. The man with no shirt on and a straw hat who dances near the end of the video, filmed on September 15 1983, was Harvey Goodin (1941- 2013) the mayor of Austin, Indiana in 1983 when the video was shot.


Use in politics[edit]

In 2004, the song was played at events for Senator John Edwards' presidential campaign.[2] The song was also used at events for Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign.[7]

"Pink Houses" along with "Our Country" was played by Senator John McCain at political events for his 2008 presidential campaign. Mellencamp contacted the McCain campaign pointing out Mellencamp's support for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and questioning McCain's use of his music; in response, the McCain campaign ceased using Mellencamp's songs.[7][8]

In January 2009, Mellencamp played "Pink Houses" at We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.

In 2010, "Pink Houses" was used by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) at events opposing same-sex marriage. At Mellencamp's instruction, his publicist sent a cease and desist letter to NOM stating "that Mr. Mellencamp's views on same sex-marriage and equal rights for people of all sexual orientations are at odds with NOM's stated agenda" and requesting that NOM "find music from a source more in harmony with your views than Mr. Mellencamp in the future."[9]


  1. ^David Masciotra (14 April 2015). Mellencamp: American Troubadour. University Press of Kentucky. p. 10. ISBN .
  2. ^ abPink Houses: John Mellencamp : Rolling Stone
  3. ^Classic Tracks: John Cougar Mellencamp's “Pink Houses”Archived 2008-07-19 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^"John Mellencamp art exhibit set to open in DeLand". Orlando Sentinel.
  5. ^[1]
  6. ^"Talent Almanac 1985: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. Vol. 96 no. 51. December 22, 1984. p. TA-19.
  7. ^ abAmy, Argetsinger; Roxanne Roberts (February 6, 2008). "Mellencamp Music for McCain? Like Paper & Fire". Washington Post. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
  8. ^Mellencamp Asks McCain to Stop Using TunesArchived June 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^Perrin, Kathleen (October 4, 2010). "John Mellencamp: No "Pink Houses" for NOM". Prop 8 Trial Tracker. Courage Campaign. Archived from the original on October 6, 2010. Retrieved October 4, 2010.

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  • Mellencamp is from a rural town in Indiana and often writes about the American experience. His songs are sometimes misinterpreted as patriotic anthems, when a deeper listen reveals lyrics that deal with the challenges of living in America as well as the triumphs. Mellencamp has expressed his love for his country, but has also criticized the US government for going to war in Iraq, developing a dependency on foreign oil and not doing more to support the working class.

    "It's really an anti-American song," Mellencamp told Rolling Stone about "Pink Houses." "The American dream had pretty much proven itself as not working anymore. It was another way for me to sneak something in."

  • Inspiration for this song came when Mellencamp was driving on Interstate 65 in Indianapolis. As described in the first verse, he saw a black man sitting in a lawn chair just watching the road. The image stuck with Mellencamp, who wasn't sure if the man should be pitied because he was desolate, or admired because he was happy.

  • MTV ran a contest based on this song where they gave away a pink house in Indiana. They got a great deal on the place - John Sykes at the network remembers paying $20,000 for it - but unfortunately, the house was across from a toxic waste dump. When Rolling Stone ran an article pointing this out, Sykes flew to Indiana and bought another house, which is the one they gave away (after painting it pink). The ordeal provided one of the many strange-but-true memories of the early MTV years (and not the only one involving a contest - when they did a promotion with Van Halen making a viewer a "roadie for a day," the guy who won almost died from the alcohol, drugs and assorted excess). According to Sykes, the house near the waste dump stayed on the books at MTV until 1992, as they couldn't get rid of it.

  • Uh-Huh was the first album where Mellencamp used his real name. His manager named him "Johnny Cougar" when he started out, a name he used on his first two albums. He then became "John Cougar" until his seventh album, Uh-Huh, when he used John Cougar Mellencamp. In 1990, he recorded as John Mellencamp.

    Changing his name was out of character, as he was notoriously combative with his record company and refused to participate in conventions like listening parties. But he knew that the only way he could ever call his own shots was by making hits, and the name change seemed like a good call, even though it didn't suit him. When his plan worked, earning his autonomy, he started the process of changing to his real name.

  • Mellencamp's previous hits, notably "Hurts So Good" and "Jack & Diane," took him a long time to write. "Pink Houses" was different, and marked a creative breakthrough.

    "I started writing every day and painting and drawing, and I found myself open to suggestion," he said in his Plain Spoken DVD. "I wrote a song called 'Pink Houses' that came very quickly. I wasn't thinking about it - I saw something a couple of days before, and I just more-less reported on it, and it came out to be 'Pink Houses.' True art is always a surprise. It's not constructed. If it doesn't surprise the person that's writing it, it's not going to surprise the person that's listening."

  • Mellencamp performed an 8-minute version of this with Kid Rock at the 2001 "Concert For New York," a benefit for victims of the World Trade Center attacks.

  • Sours:
    1. Craigslist brownsville real estate
    2. Maracaibo hotels
    3. December gel nails
    4. 5x5 gazebo
    5. The beatles framed art


    This article is about the John Mellencamp album. For other uses, see Uh Huh.

    "Authority Song" redirects here. For "The Authority Song" by Jimmy Eat World, see Bleed American.

    1983 studio album by John Cougar Mellencamp

    Uh-Huh is a 1983 album by John Cougar Mellencamp, a stage name for John Mellencamp and a transition from his early work under the name John Cougar. It was Mellencamp's seventh studio album and the first in which he used his real last name. It charted at #9 on the Billboard 200.

    Uh-Huh contained three Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits: "Crumblin' Down" (#9), "Pink Houses" (#8), and "Authority Song" (#15). In 1989, it was ranked No. 32 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Albums of the 80's.

    The remastered version was released March 29, 2005 on Mercury/Island/UMe and includes one bonus track.[4]

    Songwriting collaborations[edit]

    Mellencamp almost always writes all of his own material. However, Uh-Huh saw him engage in one-time collaborations with two distinctly different songwriters: the legendary John Prine on "Jackie O," and the unknown Will Cary on "Lovin' Mother Fo Ya."

    Of "Jackie O," Mellencamp said on the Bob and Tom Show in November 2004: "I can't take credit – John Prine wrote most of that song."

    Mellencamp had written "Lovin' Mother Fo Ya" and was playing it live on his 1982 American Fool tour before it was even recorded (and before Cary had anything to do with the song). According to a 2003 article on, Cary sent Mellencamp's guitarist Mike Wanchic a copy of Out of My Dreams, an album he had recorded with his band the Nightcrawlers. Out of My Dreams contained a song called "Cruisin' in the Park," which Mellencamp liked. This led to a phone call regarding Mellencamp's wanting to record "Cruisin' in the Park" as the first single from "Uh-Huh." Cary recalled, "He ended up using the fourth verse from my song to start his song, 'Lovin Mother Fo Ya'." A writing-credit deal was signed and Cary got 15% royalties for that song.

    In addition, Mellencamp turned a song his hairdresser, Dan Ross (also lead singer in a local Indiana band), had started into "Play Guitar." Mellencamp's guitar player, Larry Crane, added to the music of "Play Guitar," which has numerous musical similarities to Van Morrison's "Gloria."

    Track listing[edit]

    All songs written by John Mellencamp, except where noted.

    1. "Crumblin' Down" (Mellencamp, George Green) – 3:33
    2. "Pink Houses" – 4:43
    3. "Authority Song" – 3:49
    4. "Warmer Place to Sleep" (Mellencamp, Green) – 3:48
    5. "Jackie O" (Mellencamp, John Prine) – 3:04
    6. "Play Guitar" (Larry Crane, Mellencamp, Dan Ross) – 3:25
    7. "Serious Business" – 3:25
    8. "Lovin' Mother Fo Ya" (Will Cary, Mellencamp) – 3:06
    9. "Golden Gates" – 4:04
    10. "Pink Houses" (acoustic version, 2005 re-issue bonus track) – 3:47



    Weekly charts[edit]


    Year Single Chart Position
    1983 "Crumblin Down" Billboard Hot 1009
    1984 "Pink Houses" Billboard Hot 100 8
    1984 "Authority Song" Billboard Hot 100 15

    Other charted songs[edit]

    Year Single Chart Position
    1983 "Crumblin Down" BillboardTop Tracks2
    1983 "Pink Houses" Billboard Top Tracks 3
    1984 "Serious Business" Billboard Top Tracks 34
    1984 "Play Guitar" Billboard Top Tracks 28
    1984 "Authority Song" Billboard Top Tracks 15


    John Mellencamp - Pink Houses

    Swaying Chloe tried to straighten herself. - Dress, - said the Boss, and handed Chloe tiny shorts made of thin skin. Chloe obediently began to pull them over herself - very narrow, they perfectly fitted the ass, fixing the rubber member in it, while leaving the pussy completely open - the.

    Hole in the front just fell on the clitoris and the entrance to the vagina. The owner smiled rather - the panties bared the pussy burning with desire.

    Album cover houses pink

    Seven-colored Mine is also eight. He was even naughty when I decided to wash him away in the evening following Katya's advice. Not only was he shy and did not want to take off his panties, but then he did not give himself to wash.

    John Cougar Mellencamp - Pink Houses (Acoustic Version)

    Marge heard them screaming. But she didn't care about anything. she was asleep. E-mail of the author: mаc110yаndеx. ru Once, sitting in a social network, quite by chance I met an acquaintance from the distant past, a housemate.

    Now discussing:

    My name is Karina, I am Vasily's wife. Do you know he has a wife. Silence. - So, in your opinion, walking with a married man in the evenings means doing nothing wrong.

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