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Huey Lewis And The News

Huey Lewis & the News were a bar band that made good. With their simple, straightforward rock & roll, the San Francisco-based group became one of America's most popular pop/rock bands of the mid-'80s. Inspired equally by British pub rock and '60s R&B and rock & roll, the News had a driving, party-hearty spirit that made songs like "Workin' for a Livin'," "I Want a New Drug," "The Heart of Rock & Roll," "Hip to Be Square" and "The Power of Love" yuppie anthems. At their core, the group were a working band, and they knew how to target their audience, writing odes to 9-to-5 jobs and sports. As the decade progressed, the group smoothed out their sound to appeal to the aging baby boomers who adopted them, but by the beginning of the '90s, the appeal of their formula had decreased. Nevertheless, the group remained a popular concert attraction, and they continued to have radio hits on adult contemporary stations.

The roots of Huey Lewis & the News lay in Clover, an early-'70s country-rock band from San Francisco that featured Lewis (vocals, harmonica) and keyboardist Sean Hopper. Clover moved to England in 1976 upon the urging of Nick Lowe, who believed they could fit into the U.K.'s pub rock scene. In a short time, the group cultivated a small following. Lowe produced the group's first single, "Chicken Funk," which featured lead vocals by Lewis and, the following year, the band, minus Lewis, supported Elvis Costello on his debut album, My Aim Is True. Polygram released two Clover albums that failed to find an audience and when their leader, John McFee, left the group to join the Doobie Brothers, the band broke up and returned to California. Before returning to the States, Lewis played harmonica on Lowe's Labour of Lust and Dave Edmunds' Repeat When Necessary, which also featured Lewis' song "Bad Is Bad."

Upon their return to America, Lewis and Hopper began jamming at a Marin County bar called Uncle Charlies, which is where they formed American Express with Mario Cipollina (bass), Johnny Colla (saxophone, guitar) and Bill Gibson (drums), who had all played in Soundhole, one of Van Morrison's backing bands in the late '70s. American Express recorded a disco version of "Theme From Exodus," calling it "Exodisco." Mercury released the single, which was ignored. In 1980, the group added lead guitarist Chris Hayes and were offered a contract by Chrysalis who requested that the band change their name. The members chose Huey Lewis & the News and the band's eponymous debut was released later that year to little attention.

Picture This, the group's second album, was released early in 1982 and the record became a hit on the strength of the Top Ten single "Do You Believe in Love," which was written by former Clover producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange. A couple other minor hits, "Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do" and "Workin' for a Livin'" followed, and the band began building a strong following by touring heavily. Sports, the group's third album, was released in the fall of 1983 and it slowly became a multi-platinum success, thanks to touring and a series of clever, funny videos that received heavy MTV airplay. "Heart and Soul" (number eight, 1983), "I Want a New Drug" (number six, 1984), "The Heart of Rock & Roll" (number six, 1984) and "If This Is It" (number six, 1984) all became Top Ten hits, and Sports climbed to number one in 1984; it would eventually sell over seven million copies. Late in 1984, Lewis sued Ray Parker, Jr., claiming that his song "Ghostbusters" plagiarized "I Want a New Drug." The suit was settled out of court. The News had their first number one single in 1985 with "The Power of Love," taken from the soundtrack to Back to the Future.

Huey Lewis & the News returned with their fourth album, Fore!, in 1986. The record sailed to number one on the strength of five Top Ten singles: "Stuck With You" (number one, 1986), "Hip to Be Square" (number three, 1986), "Jacob's Ladder" (number one, 1987), "I Know What I Like" (number nine, 1987), and "Doing It All for My Baby" (number six, 1987). The band was riding high on the charts when they decided to expand their musical reach with 1988's Small World, dipping tentatively into various American roots musics. While the record produced the Top Ten hit "Perfect World," it was a commercial disappointment after two chart-topping, multi-platinum albums, stalling at number 11 on the charts and only going platinum.

The News took three years to follow up Small World with Hard at Play, which was released on their new label, EMI. Hard at Play failed to break the Top 20 and only produced one hit, "Couple Days Off." The group's commercial heyday had clearly passed, and the group took the remainder of the '90s rather easy, touring sporadically and releasing the covers album Four Chords & Several Years Ago in 1994. Their first release for Elektra Records, the album generated one adult contemporary radio hit, "But It's Alright," and failed to go gold. It would be over six years before the next album appeared, Plan B, which was released by Silvertone Records in 2001. A Stax Records/Memphis soul tribute album, Soulsville, appeared nine years later in 2010. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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He was not square
when this baby reaches 88 mph. your going to see some serious s@##.
You don't know how I feel!
It's Alright : I love Huey Lewis' music
huey lewis. Always reminds me of back to the future
Impressive
Good times
I love this band
the greatest music of all times
She's heart and soul OOOOOOOOOOOO O O O O O O O O O O !
This band turned it all around for a lot of people . Thanks !!!
The power of love sweeping over me in storms of overwhelming strength and depth of pure power. This is love's power, sweeping even the sea aside. Overwhelming it in its power brought upon to me by love itself. Love! Yes, love! Feel its power!
lopez.erica5 0
Upsest With The Power Of Love & Back In Time<3 From The Movie Back to The Future! <3 ❤️❤️❤️❤️����
Back to the Future!
You think these guys are good, you should check out my band. We're called Little Girl S**ts.
Heart and Soul
Stuck With You. THIS WAS MY DREAM GROWING UP. JUST TO BE A WIFE AND A MOM TO JUST ONE PERSON. BOY, THINGS NEVER WORK OUT AS YOU PLAN THEM. I don't want to be someone's prisoner. I just want to be happily stuck with someone. All I ever wanted is in this song.
Don't read this people!!u love will kiss u tomorrow will be the best day of ur life don't read more scary if you don't post this on 5more songs u will die in 2days
I'm 11 and I LOVE this song SO much!!! It reminds me of back to the future������
I LOVEEEEE HEART AND SOUL!
it's Alright
I'm 15 and found these guys because of Pandora. I was singing one of their songs and my mom recognized it almost immediately as Huey Lewis and the News. I want to go to one of their concerts so much!
Te amo <3<3
I love!!!!your song
HEY PAAAAUL
berryduaneki m 2 0 0 4
LOVVVEEEEE HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS!!! ROCK ON GUYS!!!! <3 <3 <3
Ahhh Sports, I wore that cassette out! Yah, yah I said cassette! ;)
OMG! I was like a kid when this came out, and I had the biggest crush on Huey LEWIS! Growing up in Sacramento, California in the 80's, good times good times!
Why is it that noone ever mentions their first album. I saw them december 1979 at the Catalyst in santa cruz, ca and they were pure 1000% energy
Their early work was a little too new wave for my taste. But when sports came out in 83 I think they really came into their own.
vic_dlg
Love michael j fox
vic_dlg
I love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love that movie Michael j Fox is my love in that movie as marty mc fly he was so so so so cute next mouth he's making a new show name the michael j fox show I can't wait to see it in September 26 2013 on channel 2 stars at 8.
Someone..... . H e l p I've just got an I phone,do not believe in putting myself out there,but am confused how to directly get music on Pandora that I really like ......techno dummy
kwjohnsonjr
The best concert I have ever been to. They still love what they do, and it shows. I'm jealous!
Going to their concert tomorrow and have to listen to some tunes!
one of my friends in high school rob kettenberg won the first ever mtv contest. It was mtv house party. I talked to huey for a half hour in driveway. He was very plesant to talk to.
vic_dlg
I love back to the future l love Mary as michael j. Fox. And I love and the movie so much
Loaded dice, lightning never strikes twice!
Always puts in me a great mood.
Love Huey! It's hip to be square:)
I,M 54 I want a new DRUG please help
F&^king great music to just jam and have a few cold ones
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you do not post this comment on at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f16 in and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary cuz it actually works
me to if you like this you should follow me
I've always lovd Huey Lewis and always will... ;)
Brings back memories of American Psycho and Back to the Future. Great band.
papatoad4
the best concert in the 80's I ever seen! He brings a fabulous horn section with him.. still does even in the small venues now. Really adds to the music!
Doesnt really matter who covers this song.Mandoli n e rain is a great song.
Huey's too "black" sounding for me.
ou like Huey Lewis and the News? Their early work was a little too New Wave for my taste, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically . The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professional i s m that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor. <...> In '87, Huey released this, Fore!, their most accomplished album. I
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