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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Post Toastie, Nov 28, 2012.
Huey is OK, and he sure did have his moment in time. Gotta say he was pretty good as the dad in "Duets" which was also a break thru for Paul Giamatti who was awesome, and can actually sing.
Here Ya Go, This Was The Peak, Very Tight
Great arrangements, pay attention to the transitions and solos.
My son's ex-fiance and her family lived next door to Huey in Marin County. He and her dad were pretty good friends.
I never met him, but her dad said they used to watch football together. Her dad ran a Mercedes dealership.
Skully-Did you do those interviews?
More From 1985 Peak
This group had great vocals live.
Man, Chris Hayes is really expressive.
No, never could stand them, bloody awful band imo, they were just very lucky with the odd crap song imo ....
Back in my days of yore I liked them somewhat. Saw them twice in the 80'ies, good shows . Don't listen to them much today.
So, when will the thread about Pat Bateman liking Whitney Houston pop up (or wasn't that in the movie?).
but...but huey didn't play the guitar, did he?
When HL hit the radio, his music qualified as "roots" music compared to the crap that was popular at the time. He's a really good singer and harp player, and his band consisted of good solid players who could sing, too. Not sure why the hipsters don't like him, he paid his dues busking around Europe, backed Elvis Costello, and was "unlucky" enough to have a couple of hits. If somebody gets popular, they must suck...
The man could sing. The backing band was always solid. They had some catchy tunes. But honestly all of their songs would have been better without the lyrics.
I like(d) em'.
What's not to like?
Good singin', playin', great arrangements with an energetic delivery.
Like Nick Lowe said,"Pure pop for now people!"
More fun than a Flock of Seagulls, or 80's poofy hair metal, IMO.
I like him because he stuck to his guns and backed his band mates. I seen an interview where he tells the story of the record label trying to get him to replace one or two members of the band when he first signed on, but he refused. They went on to be successful. The band had continued with all the original members for 20 years after their peak. I don't know if this is true today, but you gotta respect that!
Guitarist Chris Hayes left the band years ago because he was tired of touring and bassist Mario Cippolina had drug problems and was replaced, but the spirit of what you're saying is true.
They were innocent fun in the best sense -- even if one of their hits was about a Vietnam Vet losing on the verge of losing his poop. Another hit was originally on a Dave Edmunds album, btw.
Hipsters hate HL&TN?
I agree, fun music. I like his singing.
guilty pleasure band ... saw them at Red Rocks. good live. good musicians
I always like it when I hear a song ... they had energy
but I couldn't sit down and listen to a whole album
They are awesome, and they wrote perfect pop songs.
I went to see them at Billy Bob's in Ft. Worth a year or two ago and it was a fantastic show. For a 60+ year old he can sure still sing. There were a few songs that I think he avoided because they had some uncomfortable notes. Whether he was playing new stuff or the old hits it was a great show, very well done. They did an a cappella number that was great - those guys can sing.
I don't see much to dislike unless you hate great musicians playing well with eachother.
To me, they were everything that was wrong with pop music, MTV, radio. Could not stand them! They helped the 80's suck.
Although HL had a good voice and they were good musicians as well.
i really wanted to go to this show but was out of town...... As someone who was 8 years old when the 80's ended, I've had to play catch up. Watching HL&TN clips on youtube has been one of my favorite things recently. Love the stuff with the Tower of Power horns. Great energy. Wish I could make that kind of music when playing live.