Apr 242013

In this episode of the Wait Wait… In honor of their 30th anniversary, the 1980s band Huey Lewis and the News is re-releasing their iconic album, Sports.

We’ve invited Lewis to play a game called “You call yourself a newsman?” Three questions about interesting journalistic mistakes.

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And now, we reward people for a lifetime of accomplishment with a few minutes of awkwardness. Huey Lewis and the News was unique among the big time bands of the 1980s in that they did not suck.


SAGAL: The band is re-releasing their iconic album Sports, in honor of its 30th anniversary. We are delighted to have Huey Lewis join us now. Huey, welcome to WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!

HUEY LEWIS: Thank you. Thank you very much.


SAGAL: So Huey Lewis and the News, which was the band you had that went big in the 80s was not your first band, right, you were a working musician for a long time before you hit it big.

LEWIS: Right, yeah, I was in several bands before that. No, that was the first band that I made a paycheck from.

SAGAL: Really? So you had a band called – what was it called, Clover?

LEWIS: We had a band Clover and we made two records, lived in England and disbanded.

SAGAL: And where did the band name come from, Huey Lewis and the News?

LEWIS: Well, we were originally called Huey Lewis and the American Express. But on the eve of the release of our first record, our record label, Chrysalis Records was afraid that we’d be sued by American Express. So we had 24 hours to come up with a new name and…

SAGAL: Wait a minute. Wait a minute. So you had a band name, Huey Lewis and the American Express.

LEWIS: Yeah.

SAGAL: And nobody said to themselves all during that period, as you were recording the record and producing it and getting ready to put it out, nobody said “American Express, American Express, where have I heard that before?”


LEWIS: No, but nobody thought there’d be a problem. I mean…

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: Why didn’t you guys sue them?



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