Saturday, December 28, 2013

Huey Lewis and the News - Workin' For A Livin'

Before Huey Lewis and the News blew up (to the tune of two consecutive #1 LPs and 15 top 40 hits), they were just a hard working bar band out of San Francisco.  The band formed from the remains of Clover (mentioned on the blog post for the Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes song, "New Romeo.")  The new group was originally called American Express, but when the financial company complained, they changed their name, signed to Chrysalis and released their first album in 1980.

"Workin' For A Livin'" comes off the solid second album, 1982's Picture This.  The song was co-written by Lewis and guitarist Chris Hayes, and is one of the more rocking songs in the Huey Lewis and the News catalog.  Although the band's migration to middle of the road pop brought them huge commercial success, I enjoyed the more rocking songs ... but then again, I have not sold 30 million units.

The "Workin' For A Livin'" video is a great piece of straight ahead bar band rock.  Nothing fancy here, just the band playing ... ahh the early days of MTV.  By the by, the song was a slight disappointment back in the day, only reaching #41, while the album hit #13.

Note that the Huey Lewis and the News song, "Heart and Soul" was featured on our first bunch of All Hallows Even songs in October 2011, and is a cover of an Exile song (really).  We also posted "Some of My Lies Are True" in April 2014.



Cool trivia fact:  Huey Lewis' given name is Hugh Cregg.

2 comments:

  1. Love It!
    Why doesn't everyone Love Huey?
    Hear's One A Fun One
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax44Z4bx_R4
    -Sam

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    1. Sam, that is a great one and thanks again for all of your comments. It is great to have engaged readers. A happy new year to you and all of our readers from your friends at ERV.

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