Friday, August 18, 2017
Huey Lewis & the News - Fore! - 1986
When HL&tN released Fore!, I was rather interested, but that was when my parents had put the kibosh on secular music, and I was wading through Petra and Steve Taylor and Servant. The secular music was hidden and discreet, and with limited funds, I couldn't afford much. Especially when I was spending most of it on comic books (I obviously was a geek.) I saw the videos, heard the singles, saw Back To the Future, and that was my extent with Fore!
Over the years I was able to come back around to HL&tN and Fore! Another nostalgic album, it takes me back to simpler times, and the times in the eighties when the economy was good, youth was adventurous, and I was loving and living Chicago to the fullest.
At times I sometimes feel as if HL&tN is too American sounding, if you know what I mean. But Huey just has a way with melodies and delivery that truly expresses his feelings and shows a side of Americana that most people take for granted. He truly comes across as a auto mechanic with a microphone. A hard-working, rough and dirty man with passion and drive. He's a guy that you could see living down on the blue-collar side of town with a small house, crummy yard in a run-down neighborhood. The everyman. And, he's happy. He's got a positive outlook, and he's motivated. He feels GOOD. That's what this album feels like to me.
I know the cover looks better with all of them spread across the image, but I wanted to get the single sleeves in there, as they are diverse and entertaining. So, you get the original front, and the patchwork back that I so love. I also have said that I don't care for individual live tracks, but I took exception with I Knew The Bride, because it's really fucking good.