Things you learn at parties

June 26, 2011 at 10:37 am (music)

Last night at a bowling/karaoke party, during a rousing version of Power of Love, I found out some fun info about Huey Lewis.

He is a master of controversy.

Not only has he had some issues with Ray Parker Jr over song stealing, but did you know that his band used to be called “Huey Lewis and the American Express”? They formed in 1979 and didn’t really have any success (except the b-side of a single that Huey had previously recorded with his former band, Clover.

Then, in 1980, American Express complained about their name, which forced Huey to change the band’s name to Huey Lewis and the News. They took it in stride, but this is why the song Power of Love has this lyric:

You don’t need money, don’t take fame
Don’t need no credit card to ride this train

Way to stick it to em, Huey.

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1 Comment

  1. Emily "not Gynomite" Gordon said,

    There was also a storm of controversy about “I Want a New Drug.” Some people thought it had a pro-drug message. I remember an antidrug video we watched in middle school used it as an example of drug propaganda in the mass media.

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