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"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."
Patrick Bateman, American Psycho

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 remained a popular live act through the 2010's. However, in April 2018, Lewis was diagnosed with Meniere's Disease, an auditory disorder which can cause significant hearing loss, and the band canceled the rest of their 2018 tour dates; their future remains uncertain.

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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 (and Huey Lewis himself had a brief cameo in that same film.)

Not to be confused with Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews.


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  • 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."
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  • 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.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: "Walking on a Thin Line"
  • Signature Style: They're essentially a big band playing as a rock band.

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