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The Time John Mellancamp Outed American Bandstand

Securing a spot on American Bandstand could send your single into the stratosphere. But just like a bunch of other TV shows–Top of the Pops comes to mind–no one really ever played live. It was all about the lip sync.

Brad points us to this video from 1979 when John Mellancamp (back when he was still “John Cougar”) just didn’t give a crap.

Alan Cross

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2 thoughts on “The Time John Mellancamp Outed American Bandstand

  • I know you’re busy and that spell checking and grammar can some times go by the wayside on blogs, but that last sentence was terrible. 🙂


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