Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Retro Video of the Week: "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and The News

I meant to post a Tuesday Top Ten yesterday, but I just plumb forgot.  And now you have just witnessed the first time I have ever used the word "plumb" -- audibly or in writing.  Anyway, I will be combining Tuesday Top Ten with the Retro Video of the Week post this week, so as not to deprive you of the chance to click on a link I found interesting.

Said link is to an article entitled "20 Predictions Back to the Future Made That Turned Out to Be True."  You see, millennials, in 1989, there was a movie called Back to the Future Part II that was released.  It was the second in a trilogy about a time-travelling car, its crazy inventor, and his friend, who was a teenage boy.  In the second installment, the boy -- Marty McFly -- travels forward in time to the year 2015.  Specifically, he traveled to October 21, 2015.  In this then-future world, he encountered a variety of inventions that seemed absolutely implausible to any sane person in 1989.  I mean, who would have thought multiple people could have a phone call at the same time on video?  It turns out, according to the article, Back to the Future Part II correctly predicted a lot of technological advances that we now have in 2015.  Cubs fans must be freaking out right now.

Fitting in the theme of Back to the Future, this week's Retro Video of the Week is "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and The News -- a song that appears on the Back to the Future soundtrack and in all three Back to the Future movies in one form or another.  You may forget how huge Huey Lewis and The News was in the '80s, but just in case, let me remind you.  Between 1982 and 1991, the band had 17 Billboard Top 40 hits, including 12 Top 10s and 3 songs that hit #1.  "The Power of Love" was the first of those #1s, topping the Billboard charts for two weeks in August 1985.

The video features Doc Brown and the DeLorean, which Doc for some reason leaves on the street with the doors open in the middle of a crowd of interested people.  Great Scott!

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