June 30, 2017

John Cougar's "Cheap Shot"

"Cheap Shot (The Record Company Song)"

Imagine a virtually unknown John Cougar singing the following song on his second major commercial release (and fourth or fifth album overall). John Cougar was the Indiana Bob Seger — unknown outside of Indiana and the general midwest region. He didn't really break through until American Fool arrived in 1982, on April 1.

Nothin' Matters and What If It Did is actually a pretty decent LP. It has some good rockin' songs, uses some inappropriate language (before it was mainstream), and actually spawned a hit or two. But the song "Cheap Shot" made it on to the album — and it's amazing that it did. The song, which slams record companies, is about 25 years ahead of itself.

Check it out!

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