Huey Lewis and the News (album)

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Huey Lewis and the News
Studio album by Huey Lewis and the News
Released June 25, 1980
Recorded December 1979;
American Recording, Studio City,
Redwing Sound, Los Angeles,
Studio 55, Los Angeles
Genre Rock, new wave
Length 31:20
Label Chrysalis
Producer Bill Schnee
Huey Lewis and the News chronology
Huey Lewis and the News
(1980)
Picture This
(1982)
Singles from Huey Lewis and the News
  1. "Some of My Lies Are True (Sooner or Later)"
    Released: 1980
  2. "Now Here's You"
    Released: 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Huey Lewis and the News is the debut album by American rock band Huey Lewis and the News, released in 1980.

Background[edit]

In 1979, the band's name was Huey Lewis and the American Express. Under this name they released a single and secured their recording contract with Chrysalis Records at the end of the year. The album was recorded within three weeks and the producer was Bill Schnee, who had produced for Boz Scaggs and Pablo Cruise.

Chrysalis did not like the addition 'American Express' to the band's name, fearing that the credit card company of the same name could sue them.[2] In January 1980, just prior to the release of their debut album, the band changed their name to 'Huey Lewis and the News'.

On June 25, 1980, the band released their first album, the self-titled LP Huey Lewis and the News. Though not a commercial success on the national level, the album helped to enlarge the band's local following in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Mario Cipollina, Johnny Colla, Bill Gibson, Chris Hayes, Sean Hopper and Huey Lewis except as noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Some of My Lies Are True (Sooner or Later)"   3:23
2. "Don't Make Me Do It"   2:50
3. "Stop Trying"   3:31
4. "Now Here's You" (Cipollina, Colla, Gibson, Hayes, Hopper, Lewis, John McFee) 4:12
5. "I Want You" (Brian Marnell) 2:48
6. "Don't Ever Tell Me That You Love Me"   2:53
7. "Hearts"   2:51
8. "Trouble In Paradise"   3:11
9. "Who Cares?"   3:49
10. "If You Really Love Me You'll Let Me"   1:52

Singles[edit]

"Some of My Lies Are True (Sooner or Later)"
Single by Huey Lewis and the News
from the album Huey Lewis and the News
A-side "Some of My Lies Are True (Sooner or Later)"
B-side "Don't Ever Tell Me That You Love Me"
Released 1980
1986 remix
Format 45 rpm
Recorded 1979
Genre Rock
Length 3:23
Label Chrysalis Records
Writer(s) Huey Lewis
Chris Hayes
Johnny Colla
Mario Cipollina
Sean Hopper
Bill Gibson
Producer(s) Bill Schnee
Huey Lewis and the News singles chronology
"Exo Disco" "Some of My Lies Are True (Sooner or Later)" "Now Here's You"

"Some of My Lies Are True (Sooner or Later)" was written in San Francisco by the band and recorded in Los Angeles at Studio 55 within three weeks, and the track was released as the album's first single. The song is about people betraying other people, including friends, old friends, and enemies. The video for the song was in heavy rotation on Nickelodeon’s Pop Clips in 1980 – the precursor to MTV.[citation needed]

The B-side for the single was "Don't Ever Tell Me That You Love Me". The songs, along with the album, failed to chart.

Videos were shot for both songs and were later included on the band's 1985 VHS compilation, Video Hits. In 1986, remixes of the songs were included as B-sides to the singles "Hip to Be Square" and "Stuck with You", respectively.

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Bill Schnee
  • Engineer: Bill Schnee
  • Assistant Engineer: Bill Cooper, Kirk Butler, Tim Dennen
  • Design: Bill Murphy, Rod Dyer
  • Mixed: Doug Sax
  • Mastering: Doug Sax
  • Art Direction: Billy Bass
  • Cover Concept: Billy Bass
  • Photography: Ron Slenzak
  • Liner Notes: Chris Welch
  • Management: Bob Brown, Mark Deadman, John Burnham

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