Dispatches from the Head

WTF - Huey Lewis reminisces on radio culture.

Full episode out FRIDAY 5/3


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Mark B May 03, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Hey Marc!  Another great interview.  At the front end of the interview Huey mentioned a group named Koerner, Ray & Glover, to which you stated that haven’t heard of them.  You need to check them out!  They were contemporaries of Dylan on the West Bank in Minneapolis in the early 60’s.  Spider John Koerner still plays out, maybe next time your in town you can catch him.  Sorry for the rambling just thought it was cool that Huey brought them up in the conversation about his influences and beginnings.  Take care!

Mike@WTFDiego May 05, 2013 at 3:20 am

Hi Marc. Nice interview as always.

I just have to say this one thing: I have never liked Huey Lewis and the News. Never. Ever. I took an instant dislike to the group with their single “Do You Believe In Love” which, in my mind, lifted the music down to the backing harmonies from Electric Light Orchestra’s “Sweet Talking Woman”.  Then there was lyrics “I taking what their giving ‘cause I’m working for a living” from “Working for a Living”; how different is that from Johnny Paycheck’s “Take this Job and Shove It”? “Working for a Living” seemed be about giving up and doing what you’re told. An anthem to the Reagan era. Finally, there was “Heart and Soul”. The only person who could get away with writing a song about being taken advantage sexually by a woman was Warren Zevon (Poor Poor Pitiful Me). On Huey Lewis, it just sounds ridiculous.

Yes, I concede that they are technically very good. Yes, I concede they have some popular hooks. Beyond that, they just sounded like reactionaries to the electronic music craze.

I listened to the interview anyway, hoping that my deep-seated contempt was unwarranted—that I could be wrong and that his contribution to music in the 1980s was more substantial than I would give it credit for being. There was nothing in the interview that made me change my mind. Oh well.

This isn’t to say you shouldn’t be doing these interviews. I do want you to challenge me and your audience. I think your best interviews are when you do that.

Sorry for being a dick in this comment. I’m not trying to be a troll.

Best wishes,

PS: I just saw the dead possum episode. I loved how you got taken by the hardware store salesperson. Great episode.

crumplecrap May 07, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Huey Lewis mentions several times that they aimed all the songs on Sports at the radio. I wish you had asked him how he feels about that legacy, if the giant pile of money he made balances out the watered down, compromised art that is now permanently associated with his name. Would he switch places with Nick Lowe? You don’t have to be a dick about it (HL seems an amiable enough guy) but you don’t have to let these guys of so easily just because of their outsized material success.