By Huey Lewis and The News
'Do you like Huey Lewis and The News? Their early work was a little too 'new wave' for my taste. But when Sports came out in '83, they really came into their own, comercially and artistically'.
The News will forever be tied - Back To The Future nonwithstanding, and at least among those of us nerdy enough to quote the film by heart - to the ramblings of the fictional Patrick Bateman, Bret Easton Ellis's original American Psycho, portrayed so memorably on screen by an expertly moisturised, pre-Batman Christian Bale.
There's no denying Bateman had his flaws (FEED ME A STRAY CAT) but when it comes to music, he's pretty much on point. Sports was a huge deal when it hit, and here it is, newly packaged once again for a 30th anniversary outing thanks to Universal. Thirty years on it still sounds great, if a little dated, but the set is anchored by polished numbers like opener The Heart of Rock n Roll, the bluesy Bad Is Bad and the undeniably catchy If This Is It.
This being reissue territory, we're also gifted with a second disc of live numbers from the Sports tour presented in album order and, rather bizarrely, the last two tracks from the original release recorded again by the band circa 2013.
Presumably this is to prove that although their popularity peaked in the 80's (for a brief moment they were perhaps considered the natural successors of The E Street Band) they haven't lost their touch. They say no news is good news but in this case, if you want to hear good News, listen to some Sports.
Sports (30th Anniversary Edition) is out now through UMG.