Like it or not, every last one of you mofo’s knows who Huey Lewis and The News is. Whether you came by him by “Power of Love”, the hit song from Back To The Future, his later endeavors as an actor in classics like Sphere or the unforgettable Duets with Gweneth Paltrow, you know who the f@@k I’m talking about. So the question isn’t WHO this Huey Lewis cat is, it’s how he makes you feel.
I’ll go first. Makes me feel pretty damn good actually. “I Want A New Drug”, the lead single off of 1983’s Sports damn near threatened to ruin my life. Nancy Reagans “Chemical People” initiative was in full swing and my father headed up their local chapter. As luck would have it the first thing on their agenda was to ban the song before it corrupt the youth of America. Luckily, I could hear it EVERY SINGLE NIGHT on the top 10 countdown...and so could everyone else...so maybe that one didn’t work so well, eh Nancy. In fact if anything it made me want to find out what this whole Sports thing was all about.
And what it was about was hits. LOTS and LOTS of hits. More hits than you would ever imagine, and yet you know them all: “The Heart Of Rock And Roll”.“Heart and Soul”.“Walking On A Thin Line”. The aforementiond “I Want A New Drug”.“If This Is It”. That’s more hits then most people have in a career folks, but for Huey Lewis and the News it was just all in a day’s work, and all on one album.
But it’s all true. The reality of the situation is that Huey Lewis The News were playing a brand of everyman rock and roll that was killing it on the airwaves at the time (so were Mellencamp and Springsteen) and were, much like The Hold Steady these days, the best bar band on the planet.
There’s really not much else to say except I know for a fact you’re going to push play on this. It’s irresistible. It’s sentimental, but most of all it rocks in a most unexpectedly pure way. So don’t be ashamed. RISE UP! Claim your rock destiny. Say it with me now:
Hello, my name is __________________ and I f@#king love Huey Lewis and The News.
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