Monday, April 06, 2009

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Patrick Bateman: Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?

Paul Allen: They're OK.

Patrick Bateman: Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercial and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far much more bitter, cynical sense of humour.

Paul Allen: Hey Halberstram.

Patrick Bateman: Yes Allen?

Paul Allen: Why are their copies of the style section all over the place...? Do... you have a dog? A little chow or something?

Patrick Bateman: No, Allen.

Paul Allen: Is that a rain coat?

Patrick Bateman: Yes! It is!

In '87, Huey released this, Fore, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to be Square", a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.

Hey! Paul!"



scroggins said...

Friendly Hotel Receptionist: Mr. Bateman! Still burning the midnight oil? Say, don't forget to sign in.

J.D. said...

Gah, that movie is so AWESOME.

Unknown said...

Is it good or bad that I can hear Bale's voice during reading that?

Prospero said...

Sorry, I know there's a lot of love for this movie, but I found "American Psycho" to be reprehensible trash. Everyone involved with it should be ashamed of themselves. Even the soundtrack is complete crap - the worst, most insipid songs of the 80's played over and over until your head wants to explode. Feh!

Jason Adams said...

But that's the point, Prospero! Half the joke is that Patrick Bateman's taste is terrible, and loves insipid music, but elucidates on it as if it's Rachmaninoff.

Ronald, I can too. It's a good thing! Or it's not. It's there. Whatev. ;-)