Throwback Video of the Week!

Throwback Video of the Week!

Throwback Video of the Week!

Huey Lewis attends the Back to the Future reunion with fans in celebration of the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy on Blu-ray and DVD on October 21, 2015 at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)

Inspired by earlier pop and rhythm & blues artists, Huey Lewis and the News were all about giving their fans a good time with their own take on rock & roll and blue-eyed soul. Founded in San Francisco, California in the late 1970s, the band had a run of hits during the 1980s and early 1990s, which led to 19 top ten singles across the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, and Mainstream Rock charts.

The 1980 debut album from Huey Lewis and the News had more of a New Wave/Elvis Costello sound. Our starting point for this edition of the Throwback Threesome comes a couple of years later. The group found a wider audience with the release of 1982’s Picture This, which included their first U.S. and UK top ten single, “Do You Believe in Love.”

Their most successful album, Sports, was released in 1983. That album spawned four top ten singles in the U.S., including “Heart and Soul,” “I Want a New Drug,” “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” and “If This Is It.” The videos for those songs helped Huey Lewis and the News achieve worldwide fame. And that’s when Hollywood came calling.

Huey Lewis And The News Go To Hollywood…And Broadway

Huey Lewis and the News made headlines again when their song “The Power of Love” was featured in the 1985 blockbuster Back to the Future. It became their first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and was nominated for the Best Original Song Oscar at the 58th Academy Awards.

In 2024, the music of Huey Lewis and the News takes center stage again in the Broadway show, The Heart of Rock and Roll. According to the official website, this musical comedy is set in 1987 and follows the story of a couple of twenty-something who get a second shot at their dreams. Previews begin on March 29th and the show opens on April 22nd at the James Earl Jones Theater in New York City.

  • Do You Believe In Love (1982)

    Released as the first single from Huey Lewis and the News’ second studio album, “Do You Believe In Love” peaked at #7 in the U.S. but went all the way up to #2 in Iceland. The video features the group singing into a sleeping woman’s ear, and then serenading her in the kitchen the next morning. It received heavy airplay in the early days of MTV, contributing to the breakthrough popularity of the song and the band.

  • I Want A New Drug (1984)

    Huey Lewis and the News made the music video for “I Want a New Drug” to stave off a literal translation of the lyrics. The word “drug” is used as a metaphor for love. The video shows Huey Lewis waking up late, remembering he has a concert that night, and racing across San Francisco in his yellow convertible, a ferry, and a chartered helicopter to get to the gig on time. Huey sees a pretty woman twice on his way and finds her in the front row at the concert. The woman is actress Signy Coleman, who also appears in the video for “Heart and Soul.”

  • The Power of Love (1985)

    The music video for “The Power of Love” shows Huey Lewis and the News playing in a nightclub, with Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) showing up in his DeLorean, which a couple takes for a joy ride. The video is included as a bonus feature in several home video releases of Back to the Future. In addition to topping the charts all over the world, the song won “Favorite Single” and “Favorite Video Single” at the 13th Annual American Music Awards.

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