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NEWSMAKERS: 'Psycho' Is No 'Square'

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

Just to make it plain: Huey Lewis thinks it's hip to be a square -- not a chainsaw-wielding, knife-throwing, raving lunatic. The 1980s pop relic, he of the band Huey Lewis and the News, was upset that producers of "American Psycho" failed to see the distinction. And so Lewis, reportedly upset by the violence depicted in the Christian Bale-toplined movie, demanded that the powers-that-be behind the blood-soaked R-rated movie remove his ditty "Hip to Be Square" from the soundtrack of said blood-soaked R-rated movie.

And it looks like Huey Lewis won. According to the music-news site allstar.com, Koch Records issued a recall of the soundtrack last week, in order to issue a new "Hip to Be Square"-less version. It's not believed any of the Lewis-offending versions made it to sales racks.

For those who still really want to hear blithe, soulless pop set against the backdrop of cartoonish violence in the name of satire, check out "American Psycho," opening Friday. The song's still in the movie.

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