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Released: Oct. 7, 1983

Rating: 4.010 (average of 6 ratings)

Genre: heartland rock

Quotable: “His first terrific album.” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Crumblin’ Down
  2. Pink Houses
  3. Authority Song
  4. Warmer Place to Sleep
  5. Jackie O
  6. Play Guitar
  7. Serious Business
  8. Lovin’ Mother Fo Ya
  9. Golden Gates

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 3.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 3.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 9
peak on U.K. album chart 92

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Crumblin’ Down (10/15/83) #9 US, #2 AR
  • Pink Houses (10/29/83) #8 US, #3 AR
  • Serious Business (1/28/84) #34 AR
  • Play Guitar (2/4/84) #28 AR
  • Authority Song (2/18/84) #15 US, #15 AR

John Cougar Mellencamp
“Since American Fool illustrated that John Cougar was becoming an actual songwriter, it’s only proper that he reclaimed his actual last name, Mellencamp, for the follow-up, Uh-Huh. After all, now that he had success, he wanted to be taken seriously, and Uh-Huh reflects that in its portraits of brokenhearted life in the Midwest and its rumbling undercurrent of despair. Although his lyrics still have the tendency to be a little too vague, they are more effective here than ever before, as is his music; he might not have changed his style at all – it’s still a fusion of the Stones and Springsteen – except that he now knows how to make it his own.” STE

Uh-Huh runs out of steam toward the end, but the first half…makes the record his first terrific album.” STE “His best protest song, “Pink Houses”, STE “is the state-of-our-union anthem that John Mellencamp likes to boast about, but the real class-awareness beef of 1983’s Uh-HuhRW is “the punky Authority Song”: STE “‘Call up my preacher... / He said, ‘You don’t need no strength, you need to grow up, son’”).” RW

There’s also the “kidding cynicism” RW of “the dynamic rocker Crumblin’ Down,” STE “the Mellencamp-John Prine collaboration Jackie O,” RW and “the melancholy Warmer Place to Sleep.” STE

“With his Stonesy band crackling behind him, the newly minted superstar also shows that he gets the joke of his ‘serious business’” RW on “the garage rocker Play Guitar,” STE “which might have been the album’s fourth hit single if not for its admonition to ‘forget all about that macho shit’.” RW

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Related DMDB Links:

previous album: American Fool (1982) John Mellencamp’s DMDB page next album: Scarecrow (1985)

Crumblin’ Down (video)

Pink Houses (video)

Authority Song (video)

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Last updated June 22, 2010.