One band, for a year

I heard two songs today that took me back to my childhood. I hadn’t heard either of them in at least a decade. 

The first was Chicago’s “Will You Still Love Me.” At some point I had the band’s greatest hits album and that was on it. I can remember listening to it while doing my homework or running on the treadmill.

The second was “I Want a New Drug” by Huey Lewis and the News. It’s probably my least favorite of their hits.  Even though Ray Parker clearly ripped them off with Ghostbusters, I, of course, think he improved on it. I also owned this song on their Hits album. 

Hearing them back to back, two songs I wasn’t particularly fond of by bands whose other music I liked, I had a bizarre thought. 

If I could only listen to one of these band’s which one would I choose.  I could be trite and say both bands are terrible, but I do actually like a lot of their offerings. 

I think I like Huey Lewis better, overall. I have “The Heart of Rock And Roll,” downloaded on my phone and I can listen to their songs from “Back To the Future” anytime. But they don’t have a gigantic catalogue. 

Meanwhile, Chicago has a much larger catalogue. But good god are some of the band’s songs from the mid-to-late 80s awful. For every “25 or 6 to 4” you seem to have “When A Long Comes a Woman.”

I’m not sure which one I’d pick. Probably Chicago. At the end of the year, they’d be a habit I’d be more than willing to break.  

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