177. Huey Lewis and the News

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177.  Huey Lewis and the News

On the surface, a Rock band that had extensive success in the Pop charts for seven years would have decent shot at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Although Huey Lewis and the News were very successful during the 80’s, the more their career is looked at, the more likely it is that they may not get inducted.

In retrospect, the huge success of Huey Lewis was a little surprising. In an era of young good looking superstars dominating MTV with their synthesized sounds, Huey and company looked like your uncles. Musically, they played safe Rock/Pop that did was far from controversial and appealed to the working class set. They had a huge fan base but it was mostly comprised of older music listeners who had the money to buy their records though not the passion to worship them. Still, any Rock band that could become so successful in the “me” decade deserves some type of recognition.

 

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Should Huey Lewis and the News be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 91.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 2.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3.3%

The Bullet Points

  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 2005
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (San Francisco, CA)
  • Why they will get in: Success is their friend here.
  • Why they won't get in: For a band that accomplished so much they have become so easily forgotten.
  • Essential Albums: Picture This (1982)
    Sports (1983)
    Fore! (1986)
    Small World (1988)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Workin’ for a Livin (From Picture This, 1982)
    Heart & Soul (From Sports, 1983)
    I Want a New Drug (From Sports, 1983)
    Stuck With You (From Fore!, 1986)
    Perfect World (From Small World, 1988)

Should Huey Lewis and the News be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 91.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 2.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3.3%
Last modified on Monday, 04 February 2019 20:20

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0 #7 Chris Herbolsheimer 2017-10-26 22:47
“Easily forgotten”? That’s total bullshit. I was just at a music festival where they played, an audience of around 5,000 in front of their stage, and I would bet 60% weren’t we’re teens who weren’t even born when the group was at their height of fame. But nearly every one of them knew EVERY SINGLE word to EVERY SONG they played. That’s what it means to endure. Having your songs reach generation after generation.
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0 #6 Darryl Tahirali 2017-09-15 21:46
Should be in for inspiring Christian Bale's brilliant defense of the band in Mary Harron's American Psycho.

\tongue firmly in cheek
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+5 #5 PutEmIn 2016-06-30 19:59
If we're going to punish HL&N for making radio-friend ly tunes, then how the hell did ZZ Top get in more than a decade ago? Their music isn't 'groundbreak ing', it's 'permanently stuck in the 80s' and they had fewer hits than Huey Lewis & The News.
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+8 #4 Joy whitaker 2015-08-23 22:30
It times for the shear length they have been together almost 40 years and 19 # one hits!
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+2 #3 John C Mize 2015-04-20 02:24
Huey Lewis and the News is the greatest rock and roll band. They deserve it. Been a fan from the beginning. They should go in before green day. They were robbed. They need to be nominated. Make it happen. I have seen them 12 times and they get better every time. Can' say it enough. Huey Lewis and the New is the greatest rock and roll band ever!!!
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+2 #2 Musicologist999 -0001-11-30 00:00
They had smash hits, they had a smash-hit album, they were all over the radio and MTV in the 80's.... and they were also, for the most part, SO bland and manufactured . As already mentioned, Huey Lewis & The News played it safe with their slick, radio-friend ly, even-your-gr andma-can-li ke-them Rock-Pop. There's nothing groundbreaki ng about them. Their tunes may be catchy---and I'll even concede to liking "Perfec t World", a song that they didn't write---but most of their stuff has really, really, really not aged well, being permanently frozen in a 1980's timewarp. At least Huey & company can take comfort in the fact that Pop and Light-Rock radio stations will always and always play their saccharine hit songs to the hilt, and that will probably have to be recognition enough for this group.
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+3 #1 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
Huey Lewis and the News was my favortie band in high school. Do You Believe in Love is my fifth favorite song. So why would i not put them as shoeins. I as most of the rest of the fans of Huey and the Boys realized soon after we fell for them that they just weren't that cool and even worse they weren't that good. the great mutt lange wrote do you bleieve in love which got the fandom started for huey and the boys. this was never even close to equaled. what a grat pop song but once the news took over songwriting a littany of crap followed. Stuck with you! come on. what crap. their legacy is forever tainted by Christian Bale's maniacal but truthful analysis of the band in american psycho where he offers them as an example of the lameness of the 80's pop music culture (with Phil collins of course). Once i started listening to Zepp in college Huey and the boys were dead to me. But they will forever hold a place in my heart for that one great pop masterpiece. Too bad they will never have a place in the rock and roll hall.
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