It was a top-ten hit on both the Billboard Hot and Mainstream Rock charts. It was the last song recorded for Uh-Huh ; after listening to the masters for the other tracks recorded, Mellencamp decided that the album needed a song that would work as the album's lead single.
He contacted Green, with whom he had previously written " Hurts So Good ," to solicit ideas. Green had begun a song with lines about walls crumbling down; he and Mellencamp then built the song by trading lines, attempting to top one another. According to Green, the song attempts to answer the question of what to do when success eventually fades, and "the big-time deal falls through.
In a Mellencamp-dedicated exhibit at Golden Gates - John Cougar Mellencamp - Crumblin Down Rock and Roll Hall of Famea display was emblazoned with the following quote from Mellencamp: "Crumblin' Down is a very political song that I wrote with my childhood friend George Green.
Reagan was president - he was deregulating everything and the walls were crumbling down on the poor. The song was the last one recorded and the first single.
It was a Bells - Pentangle - The Albums immediately. I felt like I was pulling the wool over everyone's eyes. It featured a chain-smoking Mellencamp in intentionally ripped denim jeans, dancing and kicking over chairs. In the Season 2 of the hit s TV series Knight Rideran episode titled "White Line Warriors" features the song playing on the radio when burglaries in a small town take place.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Background [ edit Golden Gates - John Cougar Mellencamp - Crumblin Down "Crumblin' Down" was written by Mellencamp and longtime writing partner George Green. Born In A Small Town. Omnibus Press.
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