Writers: John Mellencamp and George Green
Producers: John Mellencamp and Don Gehman
Recorded: Late 1982 at TRC Studios in Indianapolis, Indiana
Released: Fall 1983
|Players:||John Mellencamp — vocals
Kenny Aronoff — drums
Toby Myers — bass, backing vocals
Mike Wanchic — guitar, backing vocals
Larry Crane — guitar
Carroll Sue Hill — keyboards, backing vocals
|Album:||Uh-Huh (Riva, 1983)|
Known as John Cougar at the start of his career, John Mellencamp began the transition to his real name with Uh-Huh, billing himself as John Cougar Mellencamp. He only kept the Cougar at the record company's insistence. By 1987's The Lonesome Jubilee, he would simply be John Mellencamp.
"Crumblin' Down" was the first single from Uh-Huh. It peaked at Number Nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it his sixth consecutive Top 20 single.
The song deals with the newfound fame Mellencamp encountered after his breakthrough with the American Fool album, as reflected in lines like, "Saw my picture in the paper/Read the news around my face/And now some people/Don't want to treat me the same."
Coming after his breakthrough with American Fool and the hits "Hurts So Good" and "Jack And Diane," Uh-Huh peaked at Number Nine on the Billboard 200, giving Mellencamp his second consecutive million-seller.
Rather than headline arenas, however, Mellencamp chose to play small theaters and started his shows with a selection of oldies before playing his own material.