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American cities with thriving music scenes in 1984 overlooked by Huey Lewis & The News in their #1 US Pop Hit ‘The Heart Of Rock And Roll’

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‘The Heart Of Rock And Roll’

By Scott Creney

American cities with thriving music scenes in 1984 overlooked by Huey Lewis & The News in their #1 US Pop Hit ‘The Heart Of Rock And Roll’:

Athens, GA.
Minneapolis
Olympia
Chicago
Nashville
Providence

And cities where the Heart was ‘still beating’:

San Antonio
Philadelphia (pre-Dead Milkmen) — referred to, bizarrely, as ‘The Liberty Town’
Baton Rouge
Tulsa
Oklahoma City (pre-Flaming Lips)

Cleveland also gets mentioned, owing to the band’s prominent Pere Ubu influence (you didn’t think those saxophones just showed up did you?). And so does Washington D.C. (sure HL&TN’s music sounded like a beer commercial, but those guys were fucking straight edge all the way).  Also, Huey mentions Seattle a full two years before the formation of Sub Pop. To continue the ‘heart’ metaphor, he certainly had his finger on the pulse of something.

But forgetting Minneapolis? The year of Purple Rain, Let It Be, and Zen Arcade? Inexcusable.

Note to commenters: Special versions were recorded for different markets. So people in Arizona would get a ‘Phoenix’, or a ‘Tucson’ at the end of the song when they heard on the radio. These versions don’t count.

5 Responses to American cities with thriving music scenes in 1984 overlooked by Huey Lewis & The News in their #1 US Pop Hit ‘The Heart Of Rock And Roll’

  1. moker August 31, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    An article attacking Huey Lewis and The News and a track they released in 1983? keeping it relevant I see.

  2. Everett True August 31, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    keeping it relevant I see.

    That’s Collapse ‘Relevancy’ Board for ya. We pride ourselves on being as up-to-date as Rolling Stone. Next week we’ll be tearing apart Chuck Berry’s only UK Number One hit.

  3. Joseph August 31, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Scott and I shall soon be starting a regular series eviscerating and praising those wonderful country hits of the 1980s.

  4. Tim Footman September 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    If it’s good enough for Patrick Bateman…

  5. Tim Footman September 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Hang on, if this is about relevance, who was making videos taking the piss out of punks in 1983?

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