Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Conforming trends.

"Hip To Be Square (Dance Remix)" - Huey Lewis & The News
Shep Pettibone remixed this top 5 hit for Huey Lewis & The News in 1986 from the LP, Fore!. Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott from the San Francisco 49ers of the time sing backup on this song. If you've ever seen American Psycho you might have other memories of this song. In that movie the song is played and danced to by Christian Bale as a character named Patrick Bateman as he hacks someone up with an axe. The murderer talks of the merits of Huey Lewis & The News before he does this deed, saying, "I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to Be Square," a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.". The song was originally featured on the film's soundtrack for a short time before being pulled from stores and re-released without it. This was because the movie's production team didn't buy the rights to have it on the soundtrack - just in the film. So Huey Lewis did have it withdrawn from the soundtrack. Not because he objected to it's use in the film, but over the fact that him & The News didn't get paid for it. So if you're gonna use Huey's songs to murder better pay him. TT: 6:12.
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