Do You Believe In Love?

Album: Picture This (1982)
Charted: 9 7
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  • This was written by John "Mutt" Lange, who produced the band Clover when they were in Great Britain. Huey Lewis and keyboard player Sean Hopper were in Clover, and recorded "Do You Believe In Love?" three years later when they formed Huey Lewis & the News. Clover had plenty of critical success in England, but it never translated to record sales. They were the backing band for Elvis Costello on his first album, My Aim Is True, although Lewis was not part of those sessions.
  • Mutt Lange is a master producer but not the most deft lyricist; many of his songs are rather bawdy when separated from the grooves. This one is about a guy who makes a move on a girl, telling her, "I want to love you all over." Seems he gets his wish, as by the end of the song he says he's got her, and it's gonna last. Like most of Lange's songs, the chorus is so catchy the verses often get left behind.
  • The first Huey Lewis & the News album, which was a 1980 self-titled effort, stiffed. Chrysalis Records bigwigs said they would be dropped if their second LP did not produce a hit, and strongly "suggested" that "Do You Believe in Love?" be included on the album. Lewis had spent six years in Clover trying to play the music game, and was 30 when he formed Huey Lewis & the News. He and the band were determined to make music on their terms, but gave in to their manager Bob Brown and recorded this "overly commercial" song for their second album. It ended up being their first big hit, and the song that paid the bills.
  • Alex Call was the lead singer in Clover, and went on to write "Perfect World" for Huey Lewis & the News as well as "Jenny (867-5309)" for Tommy Tutone. Here's what he told Songfacts about Lange's production style: "Mutt is a real studio rat. He is Mr. Endurance in the studio. When we were making the records with him, he'd start working at 10:30, 11 in the morning and go until 3 at night, night after night. He is one of the guys that really developed that whole multi-multi-multi track recording. We'd do eight tracks of background vocals going, "Oooooh" and bounce those down to one track and then do another eight, he was doing a lot of that.

    A lot of the things you hear on Def Leppard and that kind of stuff, he was developing that when he worked with us. We were the last record he did that wasn't enormous, and that's not his fault, he did a really good job with us. The problem with us was our focus was too scattered. Huey Lewis was kind of the R&B guy, I was kind of the Country guy, it just didn't quite work. We used to do horn lines with pedal steel and harmonica - truly weird. Mutt is famous for working long hours. The story I heard about one of the Shania sessions, he had Rob Hajakos, who's one of the famous fiddle session men down here. Rob was playing violin parts for like seven or eight hours and finally he said, 'Can I take a break,' and Mutt says, 'What do you mean take a break?' Rob goes, 'Have you ever held one of these for eight hours under your chin?' Mutt really loves to record, he loves music and he's a real perfectionist and an innovator. An unbelievable commercial hook writer. I just wish that Shania had done one of my songs." (Check out our interview with Alex Call.)
  • The first hit for the band. It got help from MTV, who put the video in rotation. It featured the band doing everything together, including one scene where they were all in bed with a woman. It's not as kinky as it sounds.
  • This was used in the movie The Wedding Singer (1998), and also in episodes of WKRP in Cincinnati ("To Err Is Human" - 1982), Miami Vice ("The Prodigal Son" - 1985) and Chuck ("Chuck Versus the Seduction" - 2008)
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Comments: 10

  • Frank Schnyder from Los AngelesJohnny Colla has said recently on FaceBook that the bridge harmonies are his voice alone multi-tracked several times.
    Also, this song is done live now in a slower, more soulful groove. You can find it on the 2006 Live At 25 CD/DVD.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 27th 1982, Huey Lewis & the News performed "Do You Believe in Love?" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was at #18 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; fifteen days later on April 11th, 1982 it would peaked at #7 {for 3 weeks} and spent 17 weeks on the Top 100...
    Between 1982 and 1994 the San Franciscan sextet had twenty-one Top 100 records; thirteen made the Top 10 with three reaching #1, "The Power of Love" for 2 weeks in 1985, "Stuck with You" for 3 weeks in 1986, and "Jacob's Ladder" for 1 week in 1987...
    They just missed having a fourteenth Top 10 record when "Couple of Days Off" peaked at #11 in 1991.
  • Mike from Las Vegas, Nv.I'm going to see Huey Lewis and The News in 3 days (2/6/2015). It's gonna be a great show.
  • Adam from Mattapoisett, MaThe original title of the song was not "Do You Really Believe in Love." Mutt Lange wrote the song and titled it "We Both Believe in Love." Huey stated this on VH1's "Behind the Music."
  • Damaramu from Houston, TxELO's "Sweet Talkin' Woman" predates "Do You Believe In Love?" by 5 years.
  • Jane from Austin, TxWhoever wrote in wikipedia is WRONG. Sweet Talkin' Woman came out about 2 or 3 years BEFORE Huey Lewis' song.
  • Logan from Troy, MtSomeone on Wikipedia said that "Sweet Talkin' Woman" by The Electric Light Orchestra is essentially "Do You believe in Love?" for it's "extremely similar lyrics, progression, and vocal stylings"

    Type up "Sweet Talkin' Woman" in Wikipedia and it says it. I know it shouldn't be looked at so closely, but listen to the songs together, and except for the voice parts being different, it's in so many ways the same.
  • Sean from Brockton, MaThe original lyrics/title of the song was "Do you really believe in love". "Really" was left out of the final product to beter match the song's tempo.
  • Michael from San Diego, CaLove the humorous video in which all five band members sing to and and compete with each other for the attention of a woman.
  • Tim from Hendersonville, TnHuey Lewis & the News were a regional club band. One of the last places they played as a club band before getting their big record deal was at a place called Tremors in Hicksville, Ohio. Tremors was closed for business when I looked in 1992 or so.
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