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Huey Lewis And The News - 1980 Huey Lewis And The News

ARTIST: Huey Lewis (And The News)
ALBUM: Huey Lewis And The News
LABEL: Chrysalis
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 1995, Chrysalis, 7243 8 35152 2 6 * 2008, Chrysalis, VK 41292


LINEUP: Huey Lewis - vocals * Chris Hayes - guitars * Mario Cipollina - bass * Bill Gibson - drums * Sean Hopper - keyboards * Johnny Colla - saxophone, guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 Some Of My Lies Are True (Sooner Or Later) * 02 Don't Make Me Do It * 03 Stop Trying * 04 Now Here's You * 05 I Want You * 06 Don't Ever Tell Me That You Love Me * 07 Hearts * 08 Trouble In Paradise * 09 Who Cares? * 10 If You Really Love Me You'll Let Me


The origins of Huey Lewis And The News lay in an early 70's band named Clover, which Lewis and Hopper were part of. Clover spent much of the 70's in England, backing Elvis Costello and recording two albums in an attempt to make a breakthrough. When that failed to materialise, Lewis and Hopper hooked up with Cipolina, Gibson and Colla who were part of a jazz-rock band named Soundhole. With the addition of Hayes, the band became known as American Express, a name which didn't last long. The band changed their name to the more acceptable Huey Lewis And The News and signed with Chrysalis, the band already bar room specialists. The debut wasn't long in coming and was a mixture of the News' common man rock and roll with hints of new wave and AOR elements. At the producers desk was Bill Schnee who had spent most of his time with Pablo Cruise and would later work with Frankie And The Knockouts.

The Songs
The boys don't mess about, digging in straight away with the frantic 'Some Of My Lies Are True', which boasts a nifty melodic guitar solo and the fledgling News harmonies are everywhere. 'Don't Make Me Do It' is organ heavy courtesy Hopper and the AOR chorus hits home within seconds of the songs opening. Red hot guitar melodies and some hand-claps are also a plus. The sax shows up on 'Now Here's You', a forerunner to the sound found on later lightweight AOR cuts like 82's 'Whatever Happened To True Love'. 'I Want You' opens like some dreaded San Francisco new wave cut, with the obnoxious melody lines, but finds it's feet with a superb bridge, total AOR. 'Don't Ever Tell Me You Love Me' is fine bar room boogie as opposed to 'Trouble In Paradise' which relies on smoking multi part harmonies to thrilling effect. The bitterly toned 'Who Cares' steams ahead, nice synth work and a harder riff approach a nice backup to Huey's ranting vocals which ask 'does anybody give a shit?' The ferocity of 'If You Really Love Me You'll Let Me' rounds it off, blazing harmonica led rock and roll and vintage enough to make Bruce Springsteen look like a pretender.

In Summary
The album went unrecognised and is barely mentioned to this day. It's by far the bands heaviest work, their sound becoming smoother over the course of the next three years. Lots of critics have labelled the album directionless, but it follows a path the later albums took also, a blend of rock and AOR, which really is all you can ask for. Obviously Huey had something to prove and let some vitriol off, an aspect that faded shortly after. For a debut, somewhat of a revelation and at the time a positive indication of where mainstream rock was heading in the 80's.

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#1 | Eric on June 02 2011 01:53:58
My favorite Huey album. 'Some Of My Lies Are True (Sooner Or Later) is a classic.
#2 | Lucretia on June 29 2011 16:09:45
Me too! I am no longer the massive Huey Lewis and the News fan I was in the 80s but still love this album.
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