Hard at Play – 1991

Hard at Play is the sixth album by American rock band Huey Lewis and the News. It was released in 1991 on EMI. Hard at Play peaked at number 27 on the Billboard 200 pop albums chart and produced two Top 40 singles, “Couple Days Off” and “It Hit Me Like a Hammer”. Music videos were released for “It Hit Me like a Hammer”, “Couple Days Off”, and “He Don’t Know”.

Track listing

“Build Me Up” (Johnny Colla, Huey Lewis) – 4:28
“It Hit Me Like a Hammer” (Robert “Mutt” Lange, Lewis) – 4:01
“Attitude” (Max Carl) – 4:00
“He Don’t Know” (Don Covay, Jon Tiven, Sally Tiven) – 4:15
“Couple Days Off” (Chris Hayes, Lewis, Geoffrey Palmer) – 4:56
“That’s Not Me” (Michael Ruff) – 4:15
“We Should Be Making Love” (Andy Goldmark, Steve Kipner, Steve Lindsey) – 4:01
“Best of Me” (Bonnie Hayes, Kevin Hayes, Annie Stocking) – 3:57
“Do You Love Me, Or What?” (C. Hayes, Lewis, Nick Lowe) – 3:46
“Don’t Look Back” (Lewis, Bill Gibson, David Fredericks) – 3:44
“Time Ain’t Money” (Colla, Lewis) – 4:46


Huey Lewis & The News

Huey Lewis – harmonica, vocals
Mario Cipollina – bass
Johnny Colla – guitar, saxophone, backing vocals
Bill Gibson – percussion, drums, backing vocals
Chris Hayes – guitar, backing vocals
Sean Hopper – keyboards, backing vocals

Additional personnel

Mike Duke – background vocals
David Fredericks – background vocals
Gospel Hummingbirds – background vocals
John McFee – guitar


Producers: Huey Lewis, Bill Schnee, Eric “ET” Thorngren
Executive producer: Bob Brown
Engineers: Bob Edwards, Jeffrey Norman, Bill Schnee, Eric “ET” Thorngren
Assistant engineers: Ken Allardyce, Tony Eckert, Bob Edwards, Stephen Hart, Tim Lauber, Kevin Scott, Jim “Watts” Vereecke
Mixing: Jack Joseph Puig, Bill Schnee
Mixing assistant: Ken Allardyce
Mastering: Doug Sax
Art direction: Henry Marquez
Design: Michael Diehl
Photography: Aaron Rapoport