Anyone else think Huey Lewis and The News was nothing more than a bar band?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by rocmonster, May 27, 2018.

  1. rocmonster


    Oct 31, 2011
    I mean all they played were covers of Huey Lewis songs!?!!!
  2. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    ...and from what I've seen, I believe 'em.

    wasn't "the News" the backing band on the 1st Elvis Costello albumn?
  3. David A. Davis

    David A. Davis Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Aiken, SC
    Bar bands don’t sell 10’s of millions of records.
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  4. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    I think he was way more than that!!
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  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I think they were great. The band has always been tight. Huey is losing his vocal chops though. I saw them in the mid 80s and again last year. Huey had to "edit" a lot of the vocals to go lower.... kinda sad to watch. But the band was still killing it.

    They have always been a throwback band. Even when they were new, they sounded like an old soul band. But, if you listen to the lyrics, that was kind of their shtick. They often lamented that music was losing its soul. They even did a throwback covers album.

    I would love to see a tight horn band with a charismatic front man in a bar. So, if they're a bar band, take me to that bar!
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  6. rocmonster


    Oct 31, 2011
    Yes, they called themselves Clover - performed behind Elvis for his first album I think.
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  7. Plectrum72

    Plectrum72 Supporting Member

    Large venues and stadiums usually sell beer, right? So very, very good bar band?
  8. five7

    five7 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2009
    They were playing the bar next to the one we were playing in Colorado Springs and invited our lighting guy to set in with them on harp. Down to earth and tight band. They were big on mtv back in the day. They had a niche.
  9. rocmonster


    Oct 31, 2011
    When I was away at college during the early ‘80’s, there was this bar in town known for two things: a generous happy hour, and Huey Lewis cover bands. One night the cover band took a break between sets and someone in the crowd played “The Heart of Rock and Roll” over and over for 20 minutes until their return.

    Good times...
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  10. andawun


    Jul 13, 2009
    They were a great bar band that had a very smart manager!
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  11. Plectrum72

    Plectrum72 Supporting Member

    Hadn't seen this one. Just watched it. Good stuff.
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  12. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    They never played Mustang Sally, so not a very popular bar band, I'd guess. :laugh:
  13. Ross W. Lovell

    Ross W. Lovell

    Oct 31, 2015

  14. 4SG


    Mar 6, 2014
    John McFee (guitar), John Ciambotti (bass), Sean Hopper (keys) and Mickey Shine (drums) were the members of Clover that played on Elvis Costello's My Aim Is True. Of those four, only Hopper joined The News.
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  15. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Great band, great music, great musicians. Best live rendition of The Star Spangled Banner I ever heard. Huey also seems to be a very genuine guy - has gone out of his way to keep the band together. I met him a few years ago at a meet and greet a few years ago before a concert. He went out of his way to speak with everyone - didn't just phone it in.
  16. inanimate_carb

    inanimate_carb Guest

    Aug 11, 2016
    I don’t see an awful lot of bar bands writing great original songs that play that well together, with top-notch horn parts and background vocals done in real-time with no help from a Mac. Not many could set their instruments down and do it acapella, either. I’m either going to the wrong bars or there’s a disconnect here as to what a bar band is.

    Standards were higher back when Huey got started and they were still clearly ahead of everybody else back then, too.
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  17. Al T.

    Al T. Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2006
    Richmond, VA.
    Yeah, but what a bar band.
  18. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    i like 'em.
  19. KohanMike

    KohanMike Gold Supporting Member

    Coincidences are so interesting. I haven’t put my iPod in my car for months, then yesterday I decided to. Took a short time to charge and the first album I played was Huey Lewis, then I see this thread.​

    At the least they’re a great bar band, but in my opinion they are much more.​
  20. skygzr


    Feb 23, 2015
    Southeast US
    Huey scored a perfect 800 on the math part of his SAT. That alone makes him a Righteous Dude.