Thursday, August 18, 2016

"I Want a New Drug" by Huey Lewis & the News

Top 10 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  1752
Date:  01/14/1984
Debut:  68
Peak:  6
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  The band got their second Top 10 hit when "Heart and Soul," their first single from their third album Sports, reached #8 (#1 Rock). This follow-up single would do even better by getting a couple notches higher and going gold in the process.  It would also get to #7 at Rock and #1 at Dance. Although they would have better charting hits, this single would be the second best-selling of their career. And, of course, it would be famously tangled up in a copyright lawsuit later in the year after the release of Ray Parker, Jr.'s "Ghostbusters."

ReduxReview:  This groovy song was certainly helped along by the comical MTV video. It was hard to forget Lewis plunging his face in ice water and singing. The horns are jammin', the guitar solo is rockin', and the tune is infectious. It was a great follow-up to "Heart and Soul" and one that kept the album selling.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  The video for this song and the one for "Heart and Soul" featured the same woman that catches Huey Lewis' eye. Future soap opera star Signy Coleman appeared in both videos. Coleman would later have roles in the soaps Guiding Light and Santa Barbra. However, her most famous and enduring role would be that of Hope Adams on The Young and the Restless. Portraying a blind woman, Coleman was a regular cast member on the show initially for four years beginning in 1993. She would return to the role in 2000 for a couple of years and also 2008.


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