So I picked up this odd promo set in Vegas—two square-shaped colored vinyl 7”s for Huey Lewis & The News’ “Hip To Be Square.” They come in a PVC wallet thing, and apparently not only were these sent out as promo records back in the day, but there’s other colors out there as well. I’ve never been a fan of the Fore album, which this is taken from, but this single is probably the most bearable song on it. I’ve caught Huey a few times over the years, including on the Sports tour when they played Pier 84 on the Hudson River in New York City. I remember it blew my mind what showmen they were; unabashed corniness but they clearly enjoyed it – enough so that the crowd made them do three encores, something that hundreds of concerts later, I’ve never seen happen again for any act. It was all downhill from there – never liked “Power of Love” and again, wasn’t much for Fore, but they have my respect – they could really turn it on when they wanted to.
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