Greatest Songs, #439: “Pink Houses” by John Cougar Mellencamp

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Album: Uh-Huh (Riva Records)
Year: 1983
Written by: John Cougar Mellencamp
Billboard Hot 100: #8

 From Rolling Stone:

In 1984, Ronald Reagan tried to use “Pink Houses” for a campaign ad, not noticing the bitter heartland rage under the cheery chorus. Mellencamp refused — although he played it at John Edwards’ nomination party [twenty years later]. Recorded in a farmhouse in Brownstown, Indiana, the song was inspired by an old man “sitting on the porch of his pink shack,” Mellencamp told ROLLING STONE. “He waved, and I waved back. That’s how the song started.”

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