John Cougar – Ain’t Even Done With The Night


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An evening pause: Performed live 1981, with what I think is one of the strangest background dance line-up ever.

Hat tip Cotour.



  • Dick Eagleson

    The costumes and dance moves of the background dancers seem reminiscent of the garb and stage moves of many all-male black singing groups of the 50’s and 60’s such as the Temptations. I suspect if Mr. Cougar/Mellencamp put on such a show today he’d be lynched on social media for “cultural appropriation.”

  • wayne

    Good stuff.

    Mellencamp’s record label wasn’t sure how they wanted to market him, even at that stage of the game in1981.
    If I recall correctly, his next album release was under his own name, and the rest as they say, was history.

  • Cotour

    I have never seen a more uncomfortable to watch and disjointed performance. The entire thing is strange to the max, from Melloncamps hair and dress and dance moves, to what ever that was going on behind him.

    I suggested for its strangeness, just weird.

  • Max

    Very strange, particularly the end when they tried to put the red cape on him and he fell to the ground to avoid it. After three tries they gave up and he kept singing without missing a beat. Makes you feel uncomfortable for him.

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