In this episode of the “Dave’s Old Interview Tapes” podcast, IndyStar reporter David Lindquist and Jim Ryser revisit three chats with John Mellencamp.


Lou Reed and John Mellencamp made Indiana music history 33 years ago today by playing surprise sets at Bloomington’s Bluebird nightclub.

Until a 44-minute video surfaced on YouTube this summer, the performances were basically a “you had to be there” moment shared only by dozens of people in the room.

Tony Philputt, who owned Broad Ripple record and video store Second Time Around in 1987, recorded Reed and Mellencamp with an 8mm camcorder decades before the smartphone era. Philputt didn’t post the footage to YouTube, and he’s somewhat surprised by the attention it’s received.

“After I recorded it, a lot of copies were sent out into the world,” he said. “Maybe nobody posted it to YouTube before now.”

Lou Reed made an unexpected appearance at