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Huey is well known for failing to join his bandmates in Clover backing Elvis Costello on "My Aim Is True".

I'd call that a strategic mistake.

 

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On 1/25/2020 at 11:20 PM, jimmyjazz said:

Huey is well known for failing to join his bandmates in Clover backing Elvis Costello on "My Aim Is True".

I'd call that a strategic mistake.

 

I think he's done just fine

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It's all right, Huey Lewis was never the heart of rock and roll.  In a perfect world, he could go back in time and find a new drug.  But, if this is it, it's all right.

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I remember watching the Behind The Music episode on the band a long time ago.

 

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Hey Lewis...the musician Bruce Willis always wanted to be 

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Not sure if pointed out before but these guys had like zero egos and made music just to have fun and not really try to impress anybody.

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His early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, 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 humour.

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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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If it wasn't for Huey Lewis, we wouldn't have the theme to Ghostbusters.

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21 hours ago, trza-hawk said:

Not sure if pointed out before but these guys had like zero egos and made music just to have fun and not really try to impress anybody.

One of my dad's buddies drove their bus for a tour, and he said that they were the nicest bunch of guys he'd ever been around. 

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22 minutes ago, hullabelew said:

Not me.....obviously.  Still can't believe they let that get by back then.  

 

Eh, they were the safest band in the world, with multiple big hits under their belts.  I imagine MTV gave the review task to some intern who couldn't even bother to pay attention.

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I saw them in a strip mall bar on some random weekday years after they were big. I was floored by how professional they were. Here they are in some shitty town, performing at some shitty bar. And yet they really cared how it sounded. By the third song it was fucking obvious how much they must have had to practice to get the songs that tight. Walked away super impressed. 

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Saw them about 10-12 years ago at the Mountain Winery in Los Gatos.  It was a helluva show.  They threw in some covers that you wouldn't expect.  I would've liked to see them again, but haven't been out that way. 

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I never saw him live but I always seemed to notice his tour posters/announcements for upcoming shows in casinos, amusement parks & small halls. He kept working long after his records were being played over the air.

Just looked up some of his gigs on Concert Archives. Some head scratching billings in there. Didn't know he played The Backyard with Joe Cocker in '12. Or opened for The Police in '82. Wild.

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Always liked them as a band along with the tower of power.
A piece of random 80s trivia: the lead guitarist had a sister. She backed up Billy Idol on the keys on Mony Mony

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