Huey Lewis (and, by proxy, The News)

November 25, 2011

So… Huey Lewis turned 61 years old this past July.

Which means he was born in 1950.

Which means he didn’t release an album until he was 30.

Which means I still have 7 years to do something good with my life.

I like that kind of reaffirmation.

Huey Lewis and the News was never on my musically radar much. I knew of a few of their songs, mainly “Hip to Be Square” (thanks to Sesame Street), and I’ve seen the album Sports lying in the moldy record bin of every antique store I have ever been.

It’s usually sandwiched between Whipped Cream and Other Delights by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass and Frampton Comes Alive!

I’ve never really given it much more thought than that. In fact, I haven’t really given Huey Lewis himself much more mind space.

Huey Lewis doesn’t really have a seedy underbelly.

As far as I know, Huey is a only person to attain fame in the 1980’s that didn’t blow all his money on coke and whores. If he did, he sure as hell didn’t get caught.

The only real controversies surrounding him were a copyright lawsuit and disagreement about his music being used in a movie.

In 1985, Huey decided that “Ghostbusters” sounded a little too much like “I Want A New Drug,” and he sued Ray Parker, Jr. Now, I can hear the similarities between the two, but it was the 80’s.

There were only so many sounds that cheap synths and cheesy rhythms could create.

I can’t help but see it as I did the whole ordeal surrounding “Dani California” and people pressuring Tom Petty to sue for it sounding “too similar” to “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.” Which is to say… the whole thing is/was ridiculous, and people should just shut the hell up.

End story.

Anyway, Lewis and Parker, Jr. settled outside of court, vowing to keep the lawsuit a secret.

Well, Huey opened his mouth a little too much on an episode of VH1’s “Behind the Music,” and Parker, Jr. thought he should return the favor and sue for violation of the nondisclosure agreement.

That ends Huey’s seedy past.

Ta-da.

That’s it.

No whores. No drugs.

In fact, when the people behind the film “American Psycho” wanted to use “Hip to Be Square” in the film, Huey wasn’t too keen on the idea. Huey Lewis and the News is one of Patrick Bateman’s favorite bands, and author Bret Easton Ellis even dedicated an entire chapter to them in the original book.

So, Huey let it slide.

Then… they wanted to license the song for the soundtrack. Huey said no, stating that the violent nature of the film made the band and its management redact all licensing for the soundtrack.

Whitney Houston did the same thing with her song “The Greatest Love of All.”

Ellis talked them up in the book, and they pulled licensing for their songs from the film.

Some people, you know?

 

ghjr

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This is not included in the 500 word limit.

Thanks to Sam Jones for the challenge. It’s a welcome break from last post’s hatred toward film and tonight’s impending hatred toward everyone else at Black Friday Walmart.

Well, by the time you read this, that time will have passed.

But… it’s looming over me right now.

Godspeed.

Truly ghjr

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