Huey Lewis Back On Screen With 'Express' Theme
Huey Lewis says coming up with the title song for the hit stoner movie "Pineapple Express" was not necessarily a huge stretch for he and his band, the News. "I do have some experience in that aHuey Lewis says coming up with the title song for the hit stoner movie "Pineapple Express" was not necessarily a huge stretch for he and his band, the News. "I do have some experience in that area," he says with a laugh.
And, Lewis adds, he's not necessarily depending on "Pineapple Express" to vault the News back to the multi-platinum levels of its mid-'80s "Sports" popularity.
"Y'know, we used to be a beer and hot dog band; now we're with the wine and cheese set," Lewis notes, "and I don't know if 'Pineapple Express' appeals to the wine and cheese set. And I think for the guys who made the movie, we're like Tony Bennett to these kids. We're that square -- we're so square it's hip again. It's very odd.
"So it's not a career movie. I don't think it's gonna boost the career, if you know what I mean -- and don't concern myself with it either. For us it's nice; it was a creative thing, trying to write the song, and we had a lot of fun doing it."
Lewis, in fact, says the News is still an abundantly creative outfit and is in the process of writing a batch of new songs. "We've got three new songs we're playing," he reports, "and then we've got another three coming and we're probably going to make a record eventually, for some reason. I don't know that anybody cares, but as a storyteller you need a new story once in awhile. What you need is a new song to play in the set every so often, and we've got that."
Lewis -- who dueted with Garth Brooks on the latter's 2007 version of the News' hit "Workin' for a Livin'" and also sang on a track for an upcoming Tower of Power 40th anniversary tribute -- says he and the News are "at the very beginning of the process," with songs running a stylistic gamut. "If somebody writes a blues song, fine. If somebody writes a pop tune, fine," he explains. But there's no firm timetable for a release yet.
"It becomes harder when you're a pop writer -- and I'm not ashamed to say that," Lewis says. "As a pop writer, you're informed by your audience a little bit. When there's no audience out there in terms of radio, it's different. So we write for the band, and it's a little bit different, to be honest. There isn't as tight a focus -- and there doesn't have to be."