"Their 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."Huey Lewis and the News is a band from The '80s, fronted, of course, by Huey Lewis. Back in the 1980s, they had many hits and were reasonably adept with making music videos. Now, they are often forgotten even by shows waxing nostalgic over The '80s, but remain a popular live act.Some of their work remains in the popular consciousness, though it isn't always consciously attributed to them. They recorded "Hip to Be Square," which made the soundtrack of American Psycho the movie and was rather frantically analyzed by Patrick Bateman in that film. They also did "The Power of Love" and "Back in Time," both from Back to the Future.Not to be confused with Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews.
— Patrick Bateman, American Psycho
- Affectionate Parody: Of Frankenstein, in their video for "Doing It All for My Baby".
- Badass Baritone: Huey, but he can hit high notes, too.
- Character Name and the Noun Phrase: Their name follows that pattern.
- City Shout Outs: "The Heart of Rock and Roll" gets this in live performances. There's also a regional version that mentions Syracuse and Albany, NY.
- Cool Shades: Huey, especially in his 1980s videos.
- Cover Version:
- "It's Alright" by Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions.
- "But It's Alright" by J.J. Jackson.
- "Do You Believe in Love" by Supercharge.
- The '80s: They were very part of that zeitgeist.
- Former Teen Rebel: The subject of "Hip to be Square."
- Heartbeat Soundtrack: One opens and closes "The Heart of Rock & Roll".
- Heavy Meta: "The Heart of Rock & Roll"
- Love Is a Drug: "I Want a New Drug" implies that no drug compares to the feeling of being 'alone with you'.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Hip To Be Square" is an upbeat song about giving up the rebellious attitude of youth, becoming a boring middle-aged man and liking it.
- Morton's Fork: In "Workin' for a Livin'":Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
- The Power of Love: Possibly the trope-namer, as the title of one of their most famous songs. Probably the trope-codifier.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: "Walking on a Thin Line"
- Signature Style: They're essentially a big band playing as a rock band.
- So Bad, It's Horrible: Invoked in the first two verses of "Bad Is Bad".
- The first verse concerns his cousin, a dreadful guitar player to the point that Brutal Honesty is the only possible policy in describing his playing to the guitar player's parents.
- The second verse concerns an awful "soul stew" that is advertised at "all you can eat for $1.99"; the singer can't stomach more than a dollar's worth of it.