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Guilty Pleasures – Huey Lewis and The News

I noticed that two of the last three Fridays featured songs about drug usage – Ann Arbor’s All Abuzz and Guilty Pleasures: April 20th Edition. Anyone casually perusing my site might come to the conclusion that I’m just some kind of stoner. Especially since I live in Ann Arbor, where the penalty for possession is a $25 ticket.

But I want to make it clear, I don’t do drugs  –

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In researching all the different songs about drugs, one from my youth reared it’s Guilty Pleasure head – Huey Lewis and The News’ “I Want a New Drug” –

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For you young ‘uns out there, these guys were inescapable in the 1980s and early 1990s. They had 19 songs hit the Top-10 and sold 30 million records worldwide. With songs like “Heart of Rock & Roll” and “If this is it,” it’s no exaggeration to say these guys were monstrously huge.

Huey Lewis penis size

And you know what else was huge? Apparently Huey Lewis’ … er … um … thingy.  There is some super-groupie named Connie Hamzy who maintains that she had “relations” of varying sorts with dozens of musicians over the years. The list is a veritable who’s who of stars including Neil Diamond, Frank Zappa, Rush (the whole band), Willie Nelson, both Van Halen Brothers, and many others. For a list, click here. In an interview with Howard Stern Hamzy said that, without a doubt, Huey Lewis possessed the largest … er… um … member of all the men she’s been with.

Dramatic pause for you to let that sink in.

Then I started thinking about Robert Altman’s 1993 film Short Cuts. I had never seen the movie, but I recall hearing that there’s a scene featuring a full frontal nudity shot of Huey Lewis. I Googled it to see if it did actually happen or if I was just imagining it. (Not that I sit around imagining Huey Lewis – or anyone else – doing full frontal. At least not often.)

I was a little disappointed. I did find many references to the scene, but not one screencap of it.  That’s just weird because the internet has pictures of just about anything you could think of – and a whole bunch you really DON’T want to imagine.  What’s even stranger is that, among the hundreds of images of a fully-clothed Huey Lewis that Google returned, there was a full-frontal picture of soccer star David Beckham.

Click here for that picture. You’re welcome.

Anyway, back to Huey Lewis…

Size of his … er … um … trouser snake notwithstanding, I was a fan of Huey Lewis back in the day. The music itself was catchy with its mixture of rock, blues, and doo-wop harmonies, all with that bouncy 80s beat underneath it. They really stuck hard to that formula and it resulted in a great run for them. It got really monotonous after a while, but at that point they were probably too rich to care.

One of their biggest hits was “Power of Love,” which was featured in the 1980s mega-movie Back to the Future


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Back to the future

My favorite was their first major hit, “Do You Believe in Love” –


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Ahhh, the 1980s.  It was a time when you could film a music video with six guys ogling, hovering over – and later joining – a sleeping naked woman in a bed. And NOT make it seem creepy.

What was your favorite Huey Lewis song? Are you able to personally corroborate Connie Hamzy’s observation?  



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27 comments on “Guilty Pleasures – Huey Lewis and The News

  1. Yinzerella
    April 26, 2013

    I think that this is the best work that Huey has done:

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      April 26, 2013

      Hadn’t seen that one! I was trying to figure out how I could squeeze in the American Psycho scene, but gave up on it… THen there was the story of how when he took part in We Are the World. He and WIllie Nelson were having a long conversation and Bob Dylan went over to see what they were talking about. Turns out they were talking about golf…

      • Yinzerella
        April 26, 2013

        Yeah, he is big into golf. Maybe he and Willie should get together with Justin Timberlake and Alice Cooper.

  2. the drunken cyclist
    April 26, 2013

    I was definitely a huge HL&N (that’s what all the cool kids said) back in the day. The first newfangled CD I ever bought was a Huey Lewis “album” and I actually met him back when I was teaching–I interviewed his son to be admitted to the school (he was, but he went to one of our rivals). I used to live in the Bay Area and coincidentally I used to go to the bar that is featured on the cover of the Sports album

    Favorite Song? Probably “Walking on a Thin Line”.

    • wildbluewonder
      April 26, 2013

      That is a great song! Thanks for reminding me about it. 🙂

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      April 26, 2013

      Oh wow! I totally forgot about that one. Had to youtube it…That is a great one.

      You just reminded me that I have a half-written post somewhere about my first CD, so I may need to finish it now. It was actually two I bought at the same time – Genesis’ Duke and Paul Young…

  3. wildbluewonder
    April 26, 2013

    I saw Huey and the News at Pine Knob back in the day.

    I thought he (and Gwyneth) sounded pretty good in that karaoke movie (I didn’t see the whole thing and can’t think of the name – oh, Duets!) singing Smokey Robinson’s “Cruisin'” (although the fact that they were playing estranged father/daughter made it a bit of a strange song choice, IMO. (Not quite as sketchy as Michael and Maebe singing “Afternoon Delight” together on Arrested Development, but definitely along those lines.) Nevertheless, I always stop and listen when I come across it on the radio.

  4. Go Jules Go
    April 26, 2013

    I KNEW he was packing some heat. I hope I don’t drink away that factoid.

  5. seasonedwithsarcasm
    April 26, 2013

    I love Huey Lewis and the News! I remember being probably like 5 or 6 and running around the house in my dads concert tee, rocking out to hip to be square.
    Speaking of American Psycho (which, is one of my most favorite movies), I was watching American Dad on Adult Swim last night and the very end of the show is Roger the Alien busting a move to Huey with plastic sheets around getting ready to harvest a kidney.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      April 26, 2013

      I just picked up American Psycho a couple weeks ago at Target for $4. May have to pop that in this weekend. I know I’m going to date myself here – Hip to be square came out my freshman year in college. A bar had a “square” contest where you come dressed as a nerd. I took 1st place and won some blues record. And YES, I did actually dress up for it, I didn’t just show up….

      • seasonedwithsarcasm
        April 29, 2013

        Not to make you feel old or anyting, but that song came out for me when I was a tot. I was born in 1980, so I had the privilege of enjoying the awesomeness that was 80’s music for my whole childhood!
        I LOVE that you dressed up – I think in an upcoming post we should see photographic evidence of your winning nerd costume.
        Certainly give AP a watch. Christian Bale is awesome as Patrick Bateman. I hope you enjoy it!

  6. domingosaurus
    April 26, 2013

    The music of Huey Lewis and the News comprised a good percentage of the soundtrack of my early adolescence. (The “Golden Age” as I call it.) For my favorite song, I would have to go with the entire Sports album. (Which I kind of think of as one song.) That, License to Ill, and The Cars (self titled) were the first and for a long time only actual music records that I owned for a good portion of the 80’s, the others all being story book albums. I listened to them constantly on one of those little record players that had one tiny little speaker built right in and could be folded up into a suitcase. Ahhhhh, memories.

  7. Hippie Cahier
    April 26, 2013

    Given this new information, one wonders if Viagra didn’t miss a huge (not that size matters) marketing opportunity in 1998.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      April 26, 2013

      Such as: Ask your doctor if Viagara is right for you. Tell your doctor if you hve an erection lasting more than four hours. Some men have experienced penile growth to Huey Lewis proportions. In cases like those, wear tight fitting pants and head to the nearest bar…

      • Hippie Cahier
        April 26, 2013

        Or they could just have had him as spokesperson and “I Need a New Drug” as their jingle. (Sorry, I forgot to include that)!

  8. ksbeth
    April 26, 2013

    while i cannot personally attest to anything to do with his actual size, i do have a fond memory of going to see them at what was then known as pine knob. a wild time was had by all )

  9. Gastro Boy (@A2GastroBoy)
    April 28, 2013

    Sir – you ‘aint right. And I love it.

  10. teacherpatti
    April 28, 2013

    I saw Huey at Pine Knob as well, but they were quite a bit past their prime. Nevertheless, they still rocked it. I loved all of this songs back in the day and was especially fond of the one band member who has had a cigarette hanging out of his mouth (even when buried in the sand…that’s a hearty smoker!)

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