Lewis, Huey (& The News) – Hip To Be Square

On my particular side of the Atlantic, Huey Lewis and The News could hardly be said to be tremendously successful.

Theirs was an honest enough example of AOR but, one supposes, not ideally suited to British tastes.

This was their sixth UK singles chart release and to put it bluntly it bombed, reaching only number 41 in January 1987 after its release in time for Christmas 1986.  I bought it on 17 December 1986.  Of course in the US, HLATN were enormous with no less than twelve top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including three number one hits (this track reached number 3).

I had been introduced to the band through their association with Back to The Future via the double A-side The Power of Love / Do You Believe In Love, which I had bought earlier in 86.  I missed out on the next two tracks, but I did buy Stuck With You which made it to number 12 in the late summer of 86.

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