Feb 262008

In the 20+ years I’ve been a Huey Lewis and the News fans I’ve seen countless “puns” involving their name in countless headlines, each written with the same stench of self-flattery for having been so clever in coming up with it.

I would never attempt to be so obvious myself. No, I just mean to fulfill my promise of a Huey Lewis-related post, and now seems a good time to do it since there actually is some news (some of it even relating to the News) to talk about.

Like some upcoming concerts, which I mention to those of you inclined to snark, “Are they still around?” I know you’re out there, and that there’s a lot of you. Because you tend to say it to me quite a bit — even the day after they’ve just performed in your very town. (People! Do you ever read a newspaper? These things are generally advertised…) It is not at the moment clear whether I will personally see any or all of these upcoming concerts — people new to my blog may not realize that I saw quite a few of their shows during law school, where “quite a few” tends to mean several dozen — but, hey, one never knows…

They also will have at least one new song out later this year, the title song to the soundtrack of Seth Rogen’s new movie, Pineapple Express. I can’t figure out how one could possibly sing something that could count as a title track to a movie with that particular title, but come August apparently all will become clear. (Edit 2/27: Actually, it turns out we don’t entirely have to wait until August after all…)

Meanwhile Huey himself has been busy, with lots of celebrity golf and musical appearances on Garth Brooks’s latest record (a remake of the HLN hit “Workin’ for a Livin'” — see the NASCAR-branded video now, before YouTube inevitably gets a takedown notice) and Paul Thorn’s just released Long Way from Tupelo. (A sneak peak of the song in question, “I’m Still Here,” was heard at last summer’s Stern Grove concert, and like everything else Paul Thorn does, it was really excellent).
And then there was this musical tour de force as well… Jimmy Kimmel is a self-confessed enormous HLN fan and has hosted the band on his show several times. (These are some of the best late night tv appearances the band has ever made in their long career, because he’s such an appreciative audience that they’re not banished to the fringes of the show like they usually are on Leno and the like.) Personally I’m a little lukewarm on Jimmy Kimmel: his humor often pushes the boundaries of taste and sometimes crosses where I’d draw the line on it. But his irreverence can also lead to some incredibly funny absurdist humor, like on his old Man Show, where I remember once seeing him and his co-star start a grass-roots campaign to “End women’s suffrage!” and manage to get pledges of solidarity from a frightening number of clueless people…

Jimmy Kimmel is obviously then perfectly matched with similarly irreverent girlfriend Sarah Silverman. One hopes their relationship survives, given all the two-timing they both have going on… For what this sentence has to do with anything, including Huey Lewis — or Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, Cameron Diaz, Joan Jett, Macy Gray, Robin Williams, Don Cheadle, Pete Wentz, Perry Farrell, Benji and Joel Madden, Lance Bass, Josh Groban, McLovin, Christina Applegate, Rebecca Romijn, Dominic Monaghan, and Meatloaf, or Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, for that matter — you’ll just have to watch this homage to the post-modern cultural condition. (Warning: despite all the bleeping, which in a way actually makes it funnier because there’s just so much of it, it still probably cannot be considered work safe. At least not in work environments where laughing out loud would be considered inappropriate.)

I’m generally not a big “omigod, you’ve got to see this youtube video!” linker, which I think is probably a good thing, but the Huey Lewisness of this particular one made me want to make an exception. Plus, it really is pretty funny. Even balsy, you could say, although perhaps it would be better if you didn’t…

Anyway, because I have another writing project to get through this week more substantive writing may be sparse for a while, so I’m hoping this bit of Huey Lewis blogging will help tide people over in the meantime. But don’t worry, if you find yourself needing even more Huey Lewis blogging, there are others out there who can provide…

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  One Response to “Some news about Huey”

  1. Please, don’t get me started on how ****ing Ben Affleck ruined Alias…
    And besides, that’s what I really needed to see – a clip from the Jimmy Kimmel show. And to think I’ve been missing something this high quality by living in Japan.

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