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Rolling Stone: The Playlist - John Mellencamp Expert Opinion
08.13.2014 - In the new issue of Rolling Stone Magazine with Willie Nelson on the cover, hitting shelves now,  "The Playlist" played five songs new and old for the heartland rocker, - whose Plain Spoken LP is due in September, and asked for his take on each one.

OLD
Roy Orbison "Crying"
His voice is a musical instrument. To sing like that, you have to have lived a certain way. A kid couldn't sing like that.

Black Flag "TV Party"
This song is all raw power. I admire that. What the fuck's his name, Henry Rollins? Very powerful. Very passionate. I admire him.

Pearl Jam "Lukin"
I think Eddie Vedder is a wonderful songwriter, but I'm not sure I'm really getting what he's trying to say on this one. But I do know he's capable of saying things I can't.

NEW
Darius Rucker "Wagon Wheel"
You know, I had the curse and the blessing of being a pop star once. For this guy to recover from that and go on to a new genre is very admirable.

Kanye West "I Am A God"
Look, I'm not going to say I understand this song - but I understand why people like it. That's all I got for this one.
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