Huey Lewis Gets His Revenge
February 16, 2015 12:45 PM   Subscribe

 
Taking care of business, indeed.

Reading AP, I remember the moment thinking "this guy is really fucked up". It was when he was all talking about how great Huey Lewis' albums were. What the hell, man?
posted by hal_c_on at 12:50 PM on February 16, 2015


I guess Huey showed him how to get down!
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:53 PM on February 16, 2015


Hard to parody something that's already a joke. (oh wait, Huey was serious when he wrote those songs?)
posted by el io at 1:12 PM on February 16, 2015


This. This my favorite thing ever on the internet. Ever. Though I would have called it American Polka.
posted by chavenet at 1:29 PM on February 16, 2015 [6 favorites]


I know it's been more than 15 years at this point, but Weird Al still looks strange to me without his mustache and glasses.
posted by Sangermaine at 1:34 PM on February 16, 2015 [5 favorites]


One interesting aspect to this video is that Weird Al Yankovic doesn't actually drink alcohol beverages.
posted by surazal at 1:45 PM on February 16, 2015 [2 favorites]


Next time my friends are over drinking and I start rhapsodising over the music of Rush, I'm gonna spread newspapers over the floor and put on a plastic raincoat. If nothing else, I'll have their attention.
posted by spoobnooble II: electric bugaboo at 2:28 PM on February 16, 2015 [8 favorites]


Hard to parody something that's already a joke. (oh wait, Huey was serious when he wrote those songs?)

Wasn't that the point of this scene, though? Huey Lewis and the News is the sort of banal pop an empty yuppie like Bateman would enjoy, or at least pretend to enjoy because it's popular.
posted by Sangermaine at 2:34 PM on February 16, 2015 [1 favorite]


"I Want a New Duck"? Maybe that explains the Evolution of Daffy.

It MUST be noted that "Duck" was the ONLY Huey Lewis parody Weird Al has done. I would've more expected that behavior from Billy Joel.
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:37 PM on February 16, 2015 [1 favorite]


Or it's the sort of banal pop that Bateman would peer really deeply into, hoping to intuit some connection to the world around him that makes no sense.

(Disclaimer: I only saw the movie, never read the book.)
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 2:39 PM on February 16, 2015 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: lament that artists have a difficult time making a living; make fun of those who manage to do so. Huey Lewis doesn't care what you think because he can play the harp pretty damn good.
posted by CincyBlues at 3:34 PM on February 16, 2015 [6 favorites]


I hated Huey until now.
posted by Mr. Yuck at 3:35 PM on February 16, 2015


That was great, but Huey, it's 'doo-pliss-it-tus'.
posted by dbarefoot at 4:35 PM on February 16, 2015


Oh, that kind of harp.
posted by kenko at 5:25 PM on February 16, 2015


Huey Lewis doesn't care what you think because he can play the harp pretty damn good.

In other words, he's taking what you're givin' 'cause he's working for a livin'.

/class of "Sports" 1983 from Columbia House for one measly cent
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 5:29 PM on February 16, 2015 [5 favorites]


This is the best thing that happened in 2015.
posted by turbid dahlia at 5:30 PM on February 16, 2015 [2 favorites]




Wow, really? A sardonic bunch y'all are, eh?

I'll admit not all Huey's tracks are that great, and quite a few are fairly bland. But there are some utterly amazing tracks that, IMO, stand the test of time (and no, I won't actually, you know, go into the spiel from the movie (and book?)).

CincyBlues is right, and the band has a shitton of skill and class and attitude. So just fucking chill and have some fun, man.
posted by symbioid at 5:33 PM on February 16, 2015 [3 favorites]


I Want A New Drug is a lot more poignant now that I'm middle-aged.
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard at 5:38 PM on February 16, 2015 [2 favorites]


This is the best thing that happened in 2015.

Happened in 2013, I'm afraid.
posted by EmGeeJay at 5:39 PM on February 16, 2015 [2 favorites]


Huey's not a bad actor. He was in Short Cuts and did a good job.
posted by ReeMonster at 5:43 PM on February 16, 2015


One interesting aspect to this video is that Weird Al Yankovic doesn't actually drink alcohol beverages.

If you pay attention, you can spot Huey Lewis doing something that's out of character for him as well.
posted by ODiV at 6:16 PM on February 16, 2015 [7 favorites]


Happened in 2013, I'm afraid.

2013-2015
posted by turbid dahlia at 6:35 PM on February 16, 2015


I Want A New Drug is a lot more poignant now that I'm middle-aged.

It was never more poignant as when I liked that song in the 80s and then found my new drug.
posted by uraniumwilly at 8:22 PM on February 16, 2015


I can't understand how Huey Lewis is always the punchline to so many jokes. Lewis and his crew did phenomenal, high-energy catchy arrangements with keyboards, saxophones, i-don't-know-how-many-part vocal harmonies... I think you need to have played in a band to understand the energy and skill they bring to the stage.
posted by Brodiggitty at 10:21 PM on February 16, 2015 [2 favorites]


While I am showing (my advanced) age here, I always thought that H.L & TN was the most entertaining (if not the best) of the shit AOR that made it from the U.S. to the continent (especially if you compare it with other bands that combined a brass section with mainstream rock/blues like late period Chicago) in the eighties. Not overly self-referential, good sense of humour and a few cracking singles. What's not to like?
posted by fordiebianco at 3:13 AM on February 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


Taking care of business, indeed.

That was Bachman Turner Overdrive. My guess is, you'll be Huey's next victim.
posted by SinisterPurpose at 6:12 AM on February 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


Hey, man, if liking Huey Lewis is square, then I don't wanna be hip. Which is square. No, the other way around. Wait ...
posted by kyrademon at 6:31 AM on February 17, 2015 [2 favorites]



"I Want a New Duck" . . . was the ONLY Huey Lewis parody Weird Al has done.

Everyone always forgets about Dewey.

Huey's not a bad actor. He was in Short Cuts and did a good job.

Yes, I recall him having a big part in the film.
 
posted by Herodios at 7:10 AM on February 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


"I recall him having a big part in the film."

I see what you did there.
posted by uberchet at 12:07 PM on February 17, 2015


Huey is good, very good. But not as good as Miles (axe scene at 3:25).
posted by anothermug at 6:10 PM on February 17, 2015


I want a new dubs.
posted by clarknova at 3:53 AM on February 18, 2015


« Older Music Workshop - FEZ   |   Through a glass, darkly Newer »


This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments