The group's heyday was the The '80s, where their brand of feel-good rock n roll and memorably cheesy music videos made them a staple of the older MTV crowd. Some of their most famous songs include "Hip to Be Square" (famously used in the scene in American Psycho when Patrick Bateman frantically analyzes the song before chopping up his colleague with an ax), "I Want A New Drug," "Do You Believe In Love" and "Stuck With You." They also contributed two songs to Back to the Future, "The Power of Love" and "Back in Time" (Lewis himself makes a cameo in the film).
Their popularity wained considerably in The '90s and their recordings have since become far more sporadic, releasing only four albums between 1991 and 2010. They remained a hugely popular touring act until 2018, when Lewis was diagnosed with Meniere's Disease, an auditory disorder which can cause significant hearing loss, forcing the band to cancel any and all future tours indefinitely. A new album, Weather, recorded before Lewis's condition worsened, was released in 2020. Lewis later said that the band will continue if he can stabilize his hearing.
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I used to be renegade, I used to trope around:
- 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.
- Down in the Dumps: Part of their "Perfect World" video takes place in a junkyard, probably to underscore what the lyrics are saying "there's no living in a perfect world; there ain't no perfect world anyway."
- The '80s: They were very part of that zeitgeist.
- Former Teen Rebel: The subject of "Hip to be Square."
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: "The Power of Love" has the line "Stronger and harder than a bad girl's dream."
- 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 Friendship: "I Never Walk Alone" concerns the benefits of having someone else to help you in the difficult points of life.
- The Power of Love: Possibly the trope-namer, as the title of one of their most famous songs. Probably the trope-codifier.
- "Sesame Street" Cred: Granted they didn't perform the song themselves, but "Hip To Be Square" was parodied as "It's Hip To Be A Square" on Sesame Street.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: "Walking on a Thin Line"