John Mellencamp (album)

John Mellencamp is the 15th album by American singer-songwriter and musician John Mellencamp, released on October 6, 1998. It was the first of three albums Mellencamp would record for Columbia Records. "On this record, we ended up quite a bit away from where we started," Mellencamp told Guitar World Acoustic in 1998. "Initially, I wanted to make a record that barely had drums on it. Donovan made a record (in 1966), Sunshine Superman, and I wanted to start with that same kind of vibe—Eastern, very grand stories, fairy tales. We ended up with a few Eastern instruments. But everybody prepared to make that record. After the last tour, I gave everybody Sunshine Superman, and I said: 'Listen to this record, because you're going to need to know it.'"

John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp eponymous cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 6, 1998
ProducerJohn Mellencamp
John Mellencamp chronology
The Best That I Could Do 1978-1988
John Mellencamp
Rough Harvest
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]

While it's unusual for an artist to release a self-titled album this late in their career, Mellencamp was asked by Columbia Records to self-title his debut album for them to mark a fresh start and a creative rebirth.[citation needed]

Track listingEdit

1."Fruit Trader"John Mellencamp3:57
2."Your Life Is Now"Mellencamp, George Green3:59
3."Positively Crazy"Mellencamp, Green, Andrew York4:09
4."I'm Not Running Anymore"Mellencamp3:26
5."It All Comes True"Mellencamp, Green3:58
6."Eden Is Burning"Mellencamp3:50
7."Where The World Began"Mellencamp; Green3:29
8."Miss Missy"Mellencamp3:40
9."Chance Meeting At The Tarantula"Mellencamp4:05
10."Break Me Off Some"Mellencamp; Moe Z M.D.; Green4:10
11."Summer Of Love"Mellencamp; York4:01
12."Days Of Farewell"Mellencamp; Toby Myers3:12
Total length:45:56


  • John Mellencamp – vocals, guitar


  • Dane Clark – drums, percussion
  • Toby Myers – bass, vocals
  • Miriam Sturm – violin, keys, vocals
  • Mike Wanchic – guitars, vocals
  • Andy York – guitars, Indian instruments, keys, vocals
  • Moe Z M.D. – keys, loops, vocals


  • Lisa Germano – violin, harmonica on "Miss Missy"
  • Janas Hoyt – vocals
  • Killa – vocals
  • Stan Lynch – drums on "Miss Missy"
  • Pat Peterson – vocals on "Miss Missy"
  • Vess "Elvis" Ruhtenberg – bass on "It All Comes True"
  • Jimmy Ryser – vocals
  • Izzy Stradlin – guitar on "Miss Missy"


AlbumBillboard (United States)[4]

Year Chart Position
October 24, 1998 The Billboard 200 41

SinglesBillboard (United States)[5]

Year Single Chart Position
1998 "Your Life Is Now" Mainstream Rock Tracks 15
Adult Contemporary 19
1999 "I'm Not Running Anymore" Mainstream Rock Tracks 37
Adult Contemporary 22