Still know every single word to this record, Fore! And Small World.
Young minds are sponges. Young minds with yellow Sony Sports Walkmans and a backpack full of cassettes are destined for greatness.
I would like to do research on people’s musical taste trajectory based on whether they liked Huey Lewis and The News when they were young. Because I have always - since the first moment I heard Huey Lewis and The News - hated this band with every ounce of my core. It’s one of those bands/sounds/everythings that produces this weird visceral reaction for me. I can remember in the ’80s when it would come on and I would rush to turn it off or make snarky commentary about it, because you know, I snarked before snark was cool.
So. If this were my post you could reply and we could do an informal poll and I could ask you whether or not you like this piece of shit band (sorry Jay), which is totally possible since they were hugely popular at one point. And then I would want to know how your tastes have changed and what they are now and if we can see any patterns.
I still want to know. And you have to have liked them IN THE 1980S. Like, when they were on the charts and doing the hit theme song for Back to the Future. That means before the recycling and Christian Bale doing his amazing little dance in American Psycho (I know you didn’t read the book, you assholes, but if you want to talk about something else I hated for boring the shit out of me, there’s another subject).
Other crimes perpetrated by me between the years of 1985 and 1998
-Night Ranger - Big Life
-A lot of other horrible “metal.”
-I once listened to a Kenny G CD that my stepfather had. I did not care for it and felt duped because I had assumed that all people with hair like Al Yankovic were as awesome.
-The Offspring - Smash
-Some band of musicians whose talents range from “pretty good” to “phenomenal and no longer alive” that also has a singer from South Africa whose voice I can no longer hear without either crying or throwing up.
-Five Iron Frenzy - who are from my town, and are very nice people - except for that whole hyperchristian thing.
My point is that even through all of this, I think my taste as a grown-ass 28 year-old speaks for itself.
Also don’t take this as defensive. I adore Leah, and she’s not wrong. I listened to about half of Sports in the shower and then turned it off to listen to The Dears again.
Why I like Jay: A summary.
Jay’s post was about his mom and dad being awesome and instilling great musical taste in him and nostalgia! And I made it about Huey Lewis and how much I cannot stand that man’s music!
(because it is awful)
Anyway, Jay, you’re great and I’m an ass. But see, this is what happens. HUEY LEWIS TURNS ME INTO A MONSTER.
So but while we’re here, who else likes that band? Please tell me so I can be a jerk to you too.