Jake Owen’s Video For “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” Takes Us Back to the 1980s


Jake Owen released the video for “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” Friday (April 20) and it’s a sentimental walk down memory lane.

You may recognize that the tune pays homage to John Mellencamp’s 1982 iconic hit, “Jack and Diane.” John’s version is even featured briefly during the opening dining scene.

Set in a small town diner, the video opens in 1982 during a turning point in the teenage couples relationship. Deciding whether to stay in the small town or leave, causes a divide amongst the two. As Jake performs throughout the video, we are taken back to 1981—a happier time in their relationship.

Mid-video, reality sets in for the couple and they realize they both want different things in life. They end up parting ways. 10 years later they meet up in that same small town diner, only to notice they are still on different paths.

“I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” is the first single off Jake’s upcoming album with his new label, Big Loud Records.

The 36-year-old singer closes the video with a personal note to John Mellencamp. “Thanks for building the highways we’ve been riding on, and providing the soundtrack to the lives of so many small town kids like me.”