It seems every year or so an old band is “rediscovered” and becomes fashionably cool. Whether it be an anniversary of a great album, overdue recognition, or just a viral sensation (See Rick Rolled). Recently the so called Hipsters made Hall and Oates the object of their affection. All of a sudden Daryl’s House became must watch tv.
Recently it feels like Huey Lewis and the News are poised to be that cool rediscovered band. It seems every generation has a different association or memory of the band. If you were lucky enough to be at their concerts in the early 80’s rocking a snap back hat and tank top, you might remember an epic show or where you bought the Sports vinyl. If your a child of the 80’s the first thing you think of when you hear a song by Huey Lewis is that “Your Late for School!” And why did Doc Brown mess with all those clocks? Top 5 most useless experiment of all time by the way. Later generations might quickly associate them with American Pyscho and handy axe work.
Whatever memories are brought up by hearing any of their songs, Huey Lewis and the News are hard not to like. With catchy hooks, explosive vocals, and the Tower of Power providing enough sound to drown out the E Street Band, they are an all time great band. The past few years has seen Huey Lewis and the News everywhere; touring, singing the National Anthem at sporting events, and in print. It’s hard not to respect a band that still goes all out performing live and giving fans exactly what they want. I’m sure many parents have dragged their kids to see these “old guys” and made instant fans of a new generation.
I hope the Huey Lewis and the News revival continues. Huey still sounds amazing and the songs are timelessly fun. If only I was smart enough to have this as my wedding song:
I dread the day a band I listened to as a youth is put in to this category….I’m looking at you Spin Doctors and Blues Traveler.
-Back of the Crowd