Nothin' Matters and What If It Did [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
One year after John Cougar's "I Need a Lover" gave him his first hit single, Cougar released Nothin' Matters and What If It Did, an album that began to unravel his fondness for small-town simplicity and the pride inherited from being brought up in America's heartland. Each song from the album characterizes Cougar's non-threatening, rebellious farm-boy attitude, from the Springsteen-like overtones of "Wild Angel" to the pleading gentleness of "Don't Misunderstand Me." "This Time," carried through with its jubilant, bouncy pace and countrified vocal style, hit number 27 in 1980, with the sultry yet rustic innocence of "Ain't Even Done with the Night" climbing ten spots ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
One year after John Cougar's "I Need a Lover" gave him his first hit single, Cougar released Nothin' Matters and What If It Did, an album that began to unravel his fondness for small-town simplicity and the pride inherited from being brought up in America's heartland. Each song from the album characterizes Cougar's non-threatening, rebellious farm-boy attitude, from the Springsteen-like overtones of "Wild Angel" to the pleading gentleness of "Don't Misunderstand Me." "This Time," carried through with its jubilant, bouncy pace and countrified vocal style, hit number 27 in 1980, with the sultry yet rustic innocence of "Ain't Even Done with the Night" climbing ten spots higher as the album's second single. A good feel for Cougar's passive yet warm approach to rock & roll can be found on Nothin' Matters, even within the lyrics of minor efforts like "Hot Night in a Cold Town" or "To M.G." Following this album was his monumental American Fool release, a solid package for Cougar and one that Nothin' Matters played the prototype for. [This version of the album includes the bonus track "Latest Game."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2005
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 602498801390
  • Catalog Number: 000419102
  • Sales rank: 8,453

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hot Night in a Cold Town (3:50)
  2. 2 Ain't Even Done With the Night (4:41)
  3. 3 Don't Misunderstand Me (3:35)
  4. 4 This Time (4:20)
  5. 5 Make Me Feel (4:08)
  6. 6 To M.G. (Wherever She May Be) (4:56)
  7. 7 Tonight (3:17)
  8. 8 Cry Baby (0:25)
  9. 9 Wild Angel (3:15)
  10. 10 Peppermint Twist (0:29)
  11. 11 Cheap Shot (3:03)
  12. 12 Latest Game (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Cougar Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Vocals
Kenny Aronoff Vibes
Jeff Baxter Pedal Steel Guitar
Larry Crane Guitar, Background Vocals
Duitch Helmer Background Vocals
Susan Helmer Background Vocals
John Jarvis Piano
Doc Rosser Piano
Rick Shlosser Drums
Mike Wanchic Guitar, Background Vocals
David Woodford Saxophone
Ed Green Drums
Larry Cranem Guitar, Background Vocals
Ferd Bass
Ed Green Drums
Robert Frank Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Producer, Audio Production
Dawn Patrol Cover Art
Richard Littlefield Composer
Bob Ludwig Remastering
John Mellencamp Composer
Bruce Robb Producer
Aaron Rapoport Sleeve Photo
Edith Masey Cover Model
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Geoffrey Cushing-Murray Composer
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