Tuesday, October 7, 2014

"Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do" by Huey Lewis & the News

Song#:  1027
Date:  05/15/1982
Debut:  79
Peak:  36
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Blue-Eyed Soul

Pop Bits:  Lewis and crew's second album, "Picture This," featured their first Top 10 hit with "Do You Believe in Love" hitting #7.  The pop-oriented tune became the band's breakthrough. Hoping for another solid hit, this second single was issued. It couldn't replicate the success of the first one, but it did get into the Top 40 and it extended the life of their LP, which would eventually be their first gold album.

ReduxReview:  The band's music included elements of pop, rock, new wave, old-school rock, and even blue-eyed soul (like this song) and somehow they managed to make it all work together. This song was certainly different from the pop of "Do You Believe in Love" yet it still sounds like the same band. Of course having distinct vocals like Lewis' helps. This is not one of my favorites of theirs but I do think they perform the tune well. The song is really a five, but I'm adding an extra point for the nice horn arrangement.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Lewis is a proficient harmonica player. Prior to the News taking off, Lewis performed harmonica on several other artists' albums. He has appeared on albums by Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, and most notably, Thin Lizzy. Billed as "Huey Harp," Lewis performed on Thin Lizzy's 1978 recording "Live and Dangerous." He also played on two solo discs by Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott. On "Picture This," Lewis and the band cover a song that appeared on 1980 Lynott's debut solo album. Lynott's composition "Tattoo (Giving It All Up for Love)" was redone by the News and put on their second album as "Giving It All Up for Love."


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