Sunday, March 26, 2017

"If This Is It" by Huey Lewis & the News

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1988
Date:  07/21/1984
Debut:  45
Peak:  6
Weeks:  17
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  The News' album Sports was a consistent seller all throughout '84 thanks to its hit singles. By the summer, three of the LP's songs had hit the Top 10, which included the #6 gold-selling "I Want a New Drug." This fourth single was issued and it did just as well as the others climbing into the Top 10 and reaching the #6 spot. That seemed to be a lucky number for the band at the time as this was their third single in a row to reach #6.

ReduxReview:  I was never a fan of this song, however it was a good selection for a single. With Billy Joel riding high on the chart with hits from his early rock homage LP An Innocent Man, the sound of this single fit right in line. It sold well thanks to its multi-generational appeal. I didn't really buy into it, but I certainly don't hate the tune. It's just not my thing.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Just like their previous three singles, this one was also a hit at Rock where it got to #3. However, what is different about the tune is that its retro-rock/doo-wop sound found a home on AC radio and it became the band's first to reach that chart. It did quite well getting to #5. Now established on that chart, they would go on to have nine more AC Top 10's over the years with one of those hits getting to #1 - 1986's "Stuck with You."



  1. Irene Cara's third album Carasmatic was shelved by Court order. Al Coury Inc. filed a motion to stop all promotion and distribution of the album. The Court also ordered Irene to not sing any of her songs made under his Network Label. She did not receive any royalties from Flashdance...What a Feeling from 1985-1993 which had already sold 20 million units. When she won her lawsuit Al Coury Inc. simply funneled the money out of the bank account and declared bankruptcy. Irene was broke after paying lawyer fees for 8 years and firing her original lawyers who had been subverted by Al Coury Inc. Irene bought back her masters in 2017. Look into Irene's discography and you will discover that she wrote a lot of love songs. She will be always remembered as a Messenger of Love...forever...

    1. Good info, though an unfortunate situation for Cara. Your comment got attached to the wrong post, but no worries. Just a few posts earlier was the song "You Were Made for Me" by Irene Cara, which I assume was where the comment was meant to be.