Sports (Huey Lewis and the News album)
|Studio album by Huey Lewis and the News|
|Released||September 15, 1983|
|Recorded||Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California;
Record Plant, Sausalito, California;
The Automatt, San Francisco, California
|Producer||Huey Lewis and the News|
|Huey Lewis and the News chronology|
|Singles from Sports|
|The Daily Vault||A−|
Sports is the third album by American rock band Huey Lewis and the News, released in 1983. It reached number one on the Billboard 200 on June 30, 1984, and catapulted the band to international fame. The album has been certified 7× Platinum by the RIAA. Sports was ranked number 2 on the Billboard year-end album chart for 1984. The album spawned four top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and a fifth went top 20. Sports did very well internationally where most of its singles charted in the top 40 or above in multiple countries.
The album was self-produced and recorded promptly after the modest breakthrough success of the band's second album, Picture This. However, due to reorganization and internal issues at the band's label, Chrysalis, the band held back the master tapes, choosing to perform at small venues to showcase the new material while the matters were resolved. Once Chrysalis got their affairs in order and agreement in place by the band's management, the master tapes were handed over for production. Sports was finally released in September 1983 and proceeded a slow climb up the charts throughout late 1983 and early 1984.
In May 2013, a two-disc 30th Anniversary Edition album of Sports was released.
|1.||"The Heart of Rock & Roll"||Johnny Colla, Huey Lewis||5:03|
|2.||"Heart and Soul"||Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn||4:13|
|3.||"Bad Is Bad"||Alex Call, John Ciambotti, Sean Hopper, H. Lewis, John McFee, Michael Schriener||3:48|
|4.||"I Want a New Drug"||Chris Hayes, H. Lewis||4:46|
|5.||"Walking on a Thin Line"||Andre Pessis, Kevin Wells||5:11|
|6.||"Finally Found a Home"||B. Brown, C. Hayes, H. Lewis||3:43|
|7.||"If This Is It"||J. Colla, H. Lewis||3:54|
|8.||"You Crack Me Up"||Mario Cipollina, H. Lewis||3:42|
|9.||"Honky Tonk Blues"||Hank Williams||3:26|
1999 Expanded Edition
A remastered "Expanded Edition" of Sports was released on June 29, 1999, and included the following session takes and live versions of their hit singles as bonus tracks.
|10.||"The Heart of Rock & Roll" (Session Take)||5:12|
|11.||"Walking on a Thin Line" (Session Take)||5:39|
|12.||"If This Is It" (Live in San Francisco, 2/21/85)||4:25|
|13.||"Heart and Soul" (Live in San Francisco, 2/21/85)||4:25|
|14.||"I Want a New Drug" (Live in Los Angeles, 1/15/84)||5:27|
30th Anniversary Edition
On May 14, 2013, a two-disc 30th Anniversary Edition of Sports was released, the first disc being a digitally remastered version of the original Sports album. The second disc includes live tracks as follows:
|1.||"The Heart of Rock & Roll" (Live in Cleveland, OH, 1988)||5:37|
|2.||"Heart and Soul" (Live in Cleveland, OH, 1988)||3:51|
|3.||"Bad Is Bad" (Live in Boston, MA, 1987)||3:47|
|4.||"I Want a New Drug" (Live in Sydney, Australia, 1989)||7:56|
|5.||"Walking on a Thin Line" (Live in Chicago, IL, 1983)||5:39|
|6.||"Finally Found a Home" (Live In Cleveland, OH, 1988)||3:54|
|7.||"If This Is It" (Live in New Orleans, LA, 1986)||4:34|
|8.||"You Crack Me Up" (Recorded live at the Troutfarm 2012)||3:54|
|9.||"Honky Tonk Blues" (Recorded live at the Troutfarm 2012)||3:41|
The lead single, "Heart and Soul", peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with its accompanying video containing shots of San Francisco and an appearance by soap opera star, Signey Coleman, who played a blind woman on the soap opera, The Young and the Restless. The album's second release turned out to be the band's best-selling single. "I Want a New Drug" peaked at number 6 on the Hot 100 and was certified gold with sales of 500,000 copies in 1989. The track was also the center of a lawsuit against artist Ray Parker Jr., who was accused of plagiarizing the song for his 1984 hit, "Ghostbusters". The case was eventually settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.
The third single from the album continued the band's success as its ode to rock and roll, "The Heart of Rock & Roll", peaked at number 6 on the Hot 100. The accompanying video contained black & white footage of the band performing while legendary performers, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Bill Haley & The Comets, Buddy Holly and Little Richard from the early rock era were shown.
In June 1984, Sports hit number 1 on the Billboard albums chart, and the fourth single from the album, "If This Is It", was released shortly thereafter, also peaking at number 6 on the Hot 100. The fifth and final single from the album, "Walking on a Thin Line", was released in December 1984 and peaked at number 18. Other tracks from the album include, "Bad Is Bad", for which the band shot a video but never released as a single, and a cover of "Honky Tonk Blues", originally written and performed by Hank Williams.
The cover art for the album features a photo of the band at the 2 A.M. Club, a popular bar located in Mill Valley, California where the band had performed during its early days.
- Huey Lewis - lead vocals, harmonica
- Mario Cipollina - bass
- Johnny Colla - guitar, saxophone, backing vocals
- Bill Gibson - drums, percussion, backing vocals
- Chris Hayes - lead guitar, backing vocals
- Sean Hopper - keyboards, backing vocals
- Producers: Huey Lewis and the News
- 30th Anniversary reissue producers: Johnny Colla and Huey Lewis and the News
- Engineers: Jim Gaines, Jeffrey Norman, Jesse Osborne
- Assistant engineers: Jeffrey Norman, Jesse Osborne
- Mixing: Larry Alexander, Bob Clearmountain
- Mastering: Ted Jensen, Bob Vosgien
- Remastering: Bob Norberg
- Compilation: Kevin Flaherty
- Art direction: Sam Gay, Lisa Glines
- Graphic design: Bunny Zaruba
- Design: Bunny Zaruba
- Cover photo: 2am Club in Mill Valley
|Australian Albums Chart||22|
|Canadian Albums Chart||3|
|German Albums Chart||29|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||19|
|Norwegian Albums Chart||6|
|Swedish Albums Chart||40|
|UK Albums Chart||23|
|US Billboard Top 200 Albums||1|
|1983||"Heart and Soul"||Billboard Top Rock Tracks||1|
|The Billboard Hot 100||8|
|"I Want a New Drug"||Billboard Top Rock Tracks||7|
|1984||The Billboard Hot 100||6|
|"The Heart of Rock & Roll"||The Billboard Hot 100||6|
|"If This Is It"||Billboard Adult Contemporary Tracks||5|
|Billboard Top Rock Tracks||19|
|The Billboard Hot 100||6|
|"Walking on a Thin Line"||Billboard Top Rock Tracks||16|
|The Billboard Hot 100||18|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Diamond||1,000,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||7× Platinum||7,000,000^|
In popular culture
- The album is critiqued by the character Patrick Bateman in both the book and film versions of American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. In the film, this album is when Bateman considers the band to have "really come into their own, commercially and artistically."
- Sports is mentioned briefly in the 2001 Futurama episode Luck of the Fryrish.
- Allmusic review
- Robert Christgau review
- The Daily Vault review
- Rhapsody review
- Rolling Stone review
- Rolling Stone review
- MTV - Behind the Music
- Marin Untold Stories, 2009-03-24
- "Huey Lewis Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
- NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for AUSTRALIAN CERTIFICATION.
- "Canadian album certifications – Huey Lewis and the News – Sports". Music Canada. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
- "Japanese album certifications – Huey Lewis and the News – Sports" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
- "British album certifications – Huey Lewis and the News – Sports". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 July 2012. Enter Sports in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
- "American album certifications – Huey Lewis and the News – Sports". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 July 2012. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
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