Strip away the arena-rock production, which the man himself has done on recent tours, and it's easy enough to see John Mellencamp's Woody Guthrie-esque destiny in even his biggest early-'80s hits. Anthemic chorus aside, "Jack and Diane" is a simple folk song about, well, "two kids growing up in the heartland," and his power-to-the-people sentiments were never very far from the surface of "Authority Song" and "Pink Houses" to begin with, no matter how loud his amps were turned up. On the 25th... More >>>