I would say that Huey Lewis and the News is my favorite guilty pleasure band, but for the fact that I feel absolutely no guilt about being a Huey Lewis fan at all. In fact, Sports and Fore! were two of the first few albums that I ever owned. Back when I was in elementary school, I would make Huey Lewis mixtapes by holding a cassette recorder up to the tiny little speaker of my Fisher Price record player and listen to them while I played games in the school gym when I was in day care. It was great. I think Huey Lewis and the News was also my first concert (with dad).
Of course it wasn’t just me. Huey Lewis was huge back in the 80’s, scoring twelve top ten hits and having the popularity to score Joe Montana, Dwight Clark and Ronnie Lott as backup singers on Fore!. Sports was Huey Lewis’ breakthrough album though, his first album to reach #1 and placing four songs in the top ten. Chief among them was the leadoff single and the first release, “The Heart of Rock & Roll”. I was always a little disappointed that several cities (including Cleveland!) get namedropped in the song, but not Pittsburgh. I guess “Life During Wartime” made me spoiled. Ah well, still an influential band from my formative days.
The Heart of Rock & Roll – Huey Lewis and the News