John Cougar – “I Need A Lover” – (1979)

This was John Mellencamp – er, John Cougar’s first big single and it was released off the album that shares its title with the song in 1979. It peaked at #28 on the Hot 100 in 1979 but continued to receive airplay throughout the 80s and still to this day. It is associated with the 80s to me because I associate John Mellencamp with the 80s. What’s interesting about this song is the instrumental intro that runs for about two and a half minutes. If you’ve ever heard radio DJs talk over the usually short intros of songs and stop talking just as the lyrics begin (this is called “hitting the post”). Well, this song is their worst nightmare. Try to fill 150 seconds – exactly – with random gibberish. It’s not easy.

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