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Released: October 8, 1991

Rating: 3.108 (average of 5 ratings)

Genre: heartland rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Love and Happiness
  2. Now More Than Ever
  3. I Ain’t Ever Satisfied
  4. Get a Leg Up
  5. Crazy Ones
  6. Last Chance
  7. They’re So Tough
  8. Melting Pot
  9. Whenever We Wanted
  10. Again Tonight


sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 1 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 17
peak on U.K. album chart 39

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Get a Leg Up (10/5/91) #14 US, #1 AR
  • Love and Happiness (11/2/91) #5 AR
  • Again Tonight (1/25/92) #36 US, #1 AR, #46 AC
  • Now More Than Ever (4/4/92) #3 AR
  • Last Chance (7/4/92) #12 AR

Whenever We Wanted
John Mellencamp
“John Mellencamp took his signature blend of Stonesy rock and folk as far as it could go on Big Daddy, so he wisely returned to straight-ahead rock & roll with Whenever We Wanted. Uh-Huh was the last record he made that rocked as hard and consistently as this, and his songwriting had improved considerably in the years since that breakthrough release. Which means, of course, that Whenever We Wanted is more consistent than the earlier record, but it never reaches the highs of Uh-Huh. Even its best moments (Love and Happiness, Get a Leg Up, Whenever We Wanted, Again Tonight) shine because of their craftsmanship, failing to achieve the kinetic energy of his earlier work. Whenever We Wanted remains a solid record, but it’s one that feels like a holding pattern” (Erlewine).

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previous album: Big Daddy (1989) next album: Human Wheels (1993)

Last updated January 20, 2009.