John Mellencamp Admits He ‘Always Hated’ ‘Jack and Diane’

John Mellencamp has revealed he’s “always hated” his hit song ‘Jack & Diane’ despite its huge success.

“I always hated that song until the last two years, three years,” the singer admitted in a recent chat with Forbes. Mellencamp further explained that he was still shocked to see the song connecting with people 40 years after its release. “I watched a football game last weekend and 80,000 people were singing this song at halftime. Can you imagine? I thought, ‘Shit.’ I said, ‘How do all these fuckin’ people know this song?'”

Mellencamp’s relationship with “Jack & Diane” has always been muddled. The song, which spent four weeks at No. 1 in 1982, was notoriously difficult to record. In the past, the rocker has avoided questions about the track, usually saying he “can’t hate it too much.”

In the Forbes interview, Mellencamp was also asked about his music’s place in popular culture. In this regard, the singer admitted that he remained deliberately oblivious.

“I’m not really part of the club. I live a very lonely life,” the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer explained. “I am often alone, whenever I can. I am alone at the top of this mountain. So I don’t really pay attention to popular culture. As I was talking to [Bruce] Springsteen, and he asked me if I was watching the Grammys. I said, ‘No, I didn’t even know they were happening.’ He said, ‘Well, we have nothing to do with that.’ [chuckle] I said, “Well, I got that.” We have nothing to do with it. It means nothing to me at this point in my life.

Mellencamp’s new album, Strictly a one-eyed Jack, arrives on January 21. Springsteen guest stars on three of the tracks on the LP.

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