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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 a

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 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."