Cherry Bomb (John Mellencamp song)
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|Single by John Cougar Mellencamp|
|from the album The Lonesome Jubilee|
|B-side||"Shama-Lama Ding Dong"|
|Released||October 24, 1987|
|Format||7", CD single|
|Recorded||Belmont Mall Studio, Indiana|
|Producer(s)||John Mellencamp, Don Gehman|
|John Cougar Mellencamp singles chronology|
The song was a success in the U.S., reaching #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, #12 on the Adult Contemporary Chart and becoming a top ten hit on the main Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it reached #8.
"Cherry Bomb" is a nostalgic song that reflects back on Mellencamp's teenage years hanging out in clubs with his friends. In a 1989 BBC radio interview, Mellencamp said: "Cherry Bomb is just a name of a club that I made up. The real name of the club was The Last Exit—The Last Exit Teen Club actually was the name of the place. It was a place that we went as kids. The whole world seemed to exist there. Everything that was important happened down in the basement of this church, is what it was."