Hurts So Good – John Cougar (Mellencamp)

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………….on July 24th of 1982 John Cougar (Mellencamp) topped the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with “Hurts So Good”. Two weeks later the record would climb to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stay in the Top 10 for 16 weeks, longer than any other song in the 80’s. Mellencamp claims he wrote this song as “a goof.” In a 1982 interview with The L.A. Herald Examiner, he explained: “My friend George said, why didn’t I write a song with the title ‘Hurt So Good’? We thought of it as like a Shel Silverstein thing. I wrote it in three minutes, scrawled the first line in soap on the glass door in the shower. It was really just a joke. I think all good things probably started as jokes. Wasn’t God having a laugh when he made this whole place?” Mellencamp’s friend was George Green, who received a composer credit on this song and went on to co-write many of Mellencamp’s hits, including “Human Wheels,” “Crumblin’ Down” and “Rain On The Scarecrow.” When this was released, Mellencamp was still known as Johnny Cougar, the name his manager gave him. American Fool was the last album he released without the Mellencamp. Mellencamp won his first Grammy with this song: Best Male Rock Vocal Performance of 1982. In his acceptance speech he said, “I don’t know what to say, I’m just an idiot.”Mellencamp was in danger of being dropped by his record label if this album didn’t sell, so he did his best to write some hit songs for it. The label, Mercury Records, didn’t think it would sell but were proven very wrong. Back when he was a rapper known as Marky Mark, Mark Wahlberg wanted to turn this into a rap song, but Mellencamp would not allow it. The song failed to make #1 and was kept off the top spot by “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. The song was listed at #83 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of All Time. However the song failed to chart in the UK.