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Huey Lewis and the News – Hip To Be Square (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on March 1st, 2012

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1986

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“Hip to Be Square” is a song by Huey Lewis and the News, written by Bill Gibson, Sean Hopper, and Huey Lewis, and released in 1986 as the second single from the multi-platinum album, Fore!. The song features Pro Football Hall of Famers and then-San Francisco 49ers Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott singing backup vocals. The single reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100. In concert, Huey Lewis now normally sings the song as “(Too) Hip to Be Square”, as performed on their live album, Live at 25.

The song is referred to in the novel American Psycho when the main character, Patrick Bateman, provides a lengthy critique of Huey Lewis and the News’ career.

The song was then featured in the film adaptation during a scene in which Bateman (played by Christian Bale) gives an abridged version of his critique from the novel to Paul Allen (Jared Leto):

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, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He’s been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor. […] In ’87, Huey released this, Fore!, their most accomplished album. 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.”

Immediately afterward, Bateman brutally murders Allen with an axe before casually smoking a cigar. It was originally featured on the accompanying soundtrack, but shortly after it was released, the album was pulled from the shelves and the song was removed before being reissued, but a small number had already been sold. Reports suggested that Huey Lewis had objected to the context in which his song was used in the film and demanded it be removed from the album. In reality, the film’s production team had paid for the rights to use the song in the film, but overlooked receiving the rights to include it on the soundtrack. When the soundtrack was released with the song on it, Huey Lewis had it withdrawn, as the soundtrack rights had not been secured.

The song was adapted on Sesame Street in a song entitled “It’s Hip to Be a Square”, whose first verse was designed to teach kids the different shapes, and the second verse celebrates diversity.

SIDE A:
Hip To Be Square (Dance Remix) 6:05

SIDE B:
Hip To Be Square (Dub Mix) 5:11

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1986 Hip To Be Square U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #3
1986 Hip To Be Square U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks #20
1986 Hip To Be Square U.S. Billboard Hot Album Rock Tracks #1

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Chrysalis – 4V9 43075
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single, 45 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1986
Genre: Rock
Style: Pop Rock
Credits: Artwork By [Graphic Design] – Laura Lamar
Engineer [Remix] – Steve Peck
Photography [Photo Illustration], Artwork By [Creative Direction] – Bennett Hall
Producer – Huey Lewis And The News*
Remix – Shep Pettibone
Written-By – B. Gibson*, H. Lewis*, S. Hopper*

NOTES:
Remixed for Mastermix Productions.
Mastered at Sterling.

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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24 Responses to “Huey Lewis and the News – Hip To Be Square (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. Maggi M Says:

    I always find it funny the demand of a Shep Pettibone mix.
    He was remixing unbelivable array of artists.
    That he was commissioned to remix this song is one of those strange reasons.
    Then again he had the golden touch.
    There was always room for a Pettibone mix in the record crate.
    Thanx Paul

    Cheers
    MM

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Maggi. Pettibone is the master of 80’s remixes for sure.

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    Christian Reply:

    I was going to skip this post until I saw that it is a Pettibone remix. I love Shep’s work so much I could marry him.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    LOL!

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    RBG Reply:

    It’s no secret that Huey Lewis was no fan of dance music. including “rap/hip hop” he called it all disco and he didn’t like it. Ever time a 12″ “dance remix” was done of his music I was just loving the irony. I am sure it was against his wishes. Made me so happy for him being anti-dance. Way to go Chrysalis for rubbing Huey’s face in it a few times.

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  2. Mike Says:

    Thank you for always posting the coolest stuff. Wish “American Psycho” had gotten it right, though – “Fore!” was released in ’86, not ’87! Oh, well. They tried.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    “American Psycho” was a great film would have loved to see this make the soundtrack.

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  3. Fred Says:

    1 of the very, very few 12″s I never purchased! Can’t wait to hear the mixes again…rarely played on the radio.

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  4. Ataru Says:

    Bale played Bateman and Batman, too :)))
    thanks DJPaul! 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ataru 🙂

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    Ataru Reply:

    howewer, as someone says, Shep have a golden touch! 🙂

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  5. ric Says:

    I’m BAAAAAAAAAAAACK! 😀
    I’ve so missed BTG! And so much catching up to do!
    Another vinyl favourite of mine back in 1986, and the video is EXCELLENT!
    An interesting point to note is that both Madonna and Huey Lewis were hot in 1986.
    From their #1 albums True Blue and Fore came #1 singles – Madonna’s two (Live To Tell and Papa Don’t Preach) Huey’s Stuck On You.
    So when Madonna’s True Blue and Huey’s Hip To Be Square were released as their respective next singles one week apart in the third quarter of ’86, everyone anticipated another #1 smash.
    Sadly and surprisingly, both peaked at #3 and have relatively short Hot 100 runs. Not sure about Huey, but in Madonna’s case the single was sent to radio too early and the single released too late. (Madonna was robbed of a likely 13th #1 in the US.)
    And the similarity doesn’t end there, both acts rebounded after this slight hiccup in early ’87.
    Madonna scaled to the summit with her next single Open Your Heart; while Huey did the same with Jacob’s Ladder.

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    woz Reply:

    Welcome back!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Glad to have you back Ric I have missed your comments. You always so much knowledge and I love seeing your chart info. Good to see you mate 🙂

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    ric Reply:

    Thank you Woz! And Thanks Paul! Really good to be back! I could only do the immediate repairs, so I hope the PC won’t fail me anytime soon.

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  6. woz Says:

    Great post! Thank you, djpt 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Woz!

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  7. Bellenger1981 Says:

    An excellent post! Finding this 12″ in FLAC is, well, impossible … until now! Thank you!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you B81 always appreciate seeing your comments 🙂

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  8. woz Says:

    It’s hip to be a BTG fan 8)

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  9. guss Says:

    Great!!! thanx Paul.

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  10. carlos Says:

    Hola Paul gracias por este excelente post, te recomiendo las versiones instrumentales de i want a new drug y the power of love.
    gracias

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  11. Muff Diver Says:

    Thanks again Paul. I’m getting so much pleasure from your blog, from this flood of memories, words can’t adequately express these feelings. Thanks dude!

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  12. Matt Says:

    I never knew there was a 12″ for this. Better than the standard version. Thanks

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