If you were alive in the 1980s, the name Huey Lewis and the News will ring familiar and either fill your heart with glee as you reflect back on all the fun youthful things you did to the band’s never-ending airplay… or make you want to hurl.
To those who raised their hands to the former scenario, we are pleased to report that the San Fran band – who hit insane pay-dirt with 1983’s bazillion-selling Sports record (see: "The Heart of Rock & Roll," "I Want a New Drug," "If This Is It" etc etc) seems poised for something of a comeback.
Billboard quotes singer Huey Lewis as saying the group has written a “very good new song.
"Which is pretty frightening," Lewis jokes. It's called "While We're Young, and [it’s] a little tongue-in-cheek thing. I think it's fabulous. But now we need nine more. And I think we're going to try. The band is playing really great now, so I think it's a good time to get something going."
As the mag notes, the group's last album was 2010’s Stax/Volt tribute disc Soulsville. It’s been more than a decade since Huey Lewis and the News laid down a set of original material, and to this day, most casual observers likely know them as the band behind the song “The Power of Love” showcased in the classic Michael J. Fox movie Back to the Future.
Well, that and the somewhat bizarre (by its secrecy) fact that Lewis sued Ray Parker, Jr. over similarities between Parker's theme for the 1984 movie Ghostbusters and Lewis's "I Want a New Drug" from 1983 which seems pretty cut-and-dried when you listen to both (check out the videos below).
The case was settled out of court with both parties agreeing to keep the settlement secret. Not so fast, however: in 2001, Parker sued Lewis, alleging that in a VH1: Behind the Music Episode, Lewis had discussed the settlement in violation of their nondisclosure agreement. Gentleman, please - can’t we all just get along?
Anyhoo, Lewis tells Billboard has also been in touch with EMI's catalog division and is in talks for a 30th anniversary edition of the seven-times platinum Sports album in 2013. "They want to make a big deal out of it, so I'm listening," he says.
Maybe 2013 is the year of the return on Huey Lewis and the News? You heard it here first, kids.