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Do you like Huey Lewis and The News?

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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 professionalism 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 think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to Be Square," a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.

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I don't think there was anything "New Wave" about Huey Lewis and the News at all but their music certainly rose to prominence during the era of Men at Work, Flock of Seagulls, Soft Cell, The Thompson Twins and other bands who initially broke through thanks to heavy airplay on MTV so I could see where someone might associate them with that time period. As for whether I like them or not, no, I'm not a fan but I did see them in concert once. I was still working in college radio at the time and we had free tickets. The show wasn't bad at all and they even worked in a Hendrix riff during "I Want A New Drug". If you know anything about the history of Huey Lewis and the News at all, I'm sure you know that they have their origins as a band named "Clover". If you haven't read up on them, you can do so with their bio at All Music. I don't think Huey Lewis and the News are bad but their music simply isn't my cup of tea. Their sound was perfect for radio though so they certainly got a lot of airplay back in the 80s and early 90s.

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Is this a joke...a put on? Huey Lewis was NEVER compared to Elvis Costello! Not by any knowledgeable music critic or fan, at least. To put those two in the same sentence is ludicrous.

Huey Lewis and the News was the 80s version of Hootie and the Blowfish...they both even loved to hang around jocks and put them in their videos.

Inoffensive, MOR jock-frat-boy-dad-rock.

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How about Phil Collins? I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins' presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. Christy, take off your robe. Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Take the lyrics to Land of Confusion. In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority. In Too Deep is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I've heard in rock. Phil Collins' solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like In the Air Tonight and Against All Odds. But I also think Phil Collins works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist. This is Sussudio, a great, great song, a personal favorite.

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Strider, he's having us on. That's a quote from American Psycho.

Damn, he got me. I had a feeling I was being had. I love "American Psycho"...I should've recognized it; if he had used the Phil Collins bit first, I would have, as THAT monologue I DO remember.

Great stuff...and way to fool the old-timer Zeppelin Led. ;)

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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 professionalism 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 think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to Be Square," a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.

If he ask me that, I love that shit! I play that shit in my fuckin sleep. I wake up to it, I brush my teeth to it.

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You got me as well. Then again, I've never seen American Psycho. I should probably check that out sometime. Funny how in recent years Huey Lewis has been championed by the likes of Umphrey's McGee. This clip put together by the folks at Relix magazine sheds a little light on their friendship.

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Read the book first - it's much funnier than the movie.

Thanks, I'll add that one to my list of must reads.

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Thanks, I'll add that one to my list of must reads.

Its a required taste however,Pat Bateman likes to describe everything a persons wearing,if he likes it and whatnot.

The movie did 2 things better than the book.The lines ''I have a slightly better haircut'' and ''Oh my god,It even has a watermark'' are only in the oul' film.

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Huey's too black sounding for me.

PS: Watching the "Hip To Be Square" music video on Youtube, I find it hillarious that the comments section is comprised, almost entirely, of "American Psycho" quotes.

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I remember Huey Also acted / sang in some karaoke Competition related travel movie about 15 years ago wuth Gwyneth Paltrow (duets). 
 

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Picked up his new cd (only 7 new songs), but there is a bonus disc of his hits from over the years in the Walmart special edition). I price matched it for Walmart.com online and got it for under $10.

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