In the first movie, Marty performs a version of Power of Love before he is told (by Huey Lewis in a cameo, no less) that he is simply "too loud." Was Marty just performing a cover, or did he write the song in the BTTF universe?

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    Perhaps this would be better suited in the Movies/TV Stack?
    – Monty129
    Nov 28, 2012 at 20:14
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    I don't know about "Power of Love", but Marty did write "Johnny B. Goode". Nov 29, 2012 at 19:22
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    @CthulhuCarl Wrong!! I heard that Calvin Klein invented "Johnny B. Goode". He wrote the main riff the same day he was nearly hit by a train walking on the bridge over Eastwood Ravine
    – user20155
    Feb 21, 2014 at 3:46
  • I'm pretty sure the exact quote is "too darn loud", which somehow is a lot funnier. youtube.com/watch?v=lt2BN9SeZsc Jul 29, 2015 at 21:40
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    Marty's bedroom has a poster of Huey Lewis' album "Sports" on the wall.
    – Wad Cheber
    Aug 22, 2015 at 1:35

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Huey Lewis and the News absolutely exists in the BTTF universe.

A poster for the band's album entitled "Sports" can be seen on the wall of Marty McFly's bedroom in BTTF, specifically in the scene where he wakes up after having returned to 1985, saying "What a nightmare!".

Huey Lewis & the News - Sports, BTTF Huey Lewis & the News - Sports, album cover

Marty is actually awakened by a clock radio that plays "Back in Time", also by Huey Lewis and the News, although it was not released on any Huey Lewis and the News albums or as a single, it is on the BTTF soundtrack.

Also, at the end of BTTF 3, when Marty is about to be challenged to a drag race by Needles in front of the Hilldale housing development, the radio in Needles' truck is clearly playing "Power of Love" and is diegetic ($5 word of the day), so the characters are aware of it.

And it gets even better: The lyrics to "Back In Time" actually include the words Get back, Marty (about 2:58 into the 4:18 version of the song)... so Marty actually hears Huey Lewis refer to him by name! This part of the song isn't played during this scene, but depending on how much of it he listened to, he could have heard it.

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    Meaning the Back to the Future soundtrack exists in the Back to the Future universe... oh god... May 8, 2014 at 10:26
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    Great catch, never noticed that before. May 8, 2014 at 14:28
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    @PaulD.Waite Paradox!
    – iwantmyphd
    May 9, 2014 at 2:00
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    Tommy Westphall is eating his own legs. Jun 29, 2015 at 17:03
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    So that means that in universe Marty was actually told that he was too loud by... Huey Lewis?
    – user11521
    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:51

Don't remember the particular song at the moment, but Huey Lewis & the News is playing on the radio in the truck at the end of the third movie. So I'd say yes.

  • The Power of Love. May 22, 2014 at 19:17
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    New head canon: that's not Huey Lewis, it's Marty and his band, famous musicians in the post-part-one timeline.
    – Plutor
    Jun 29, 2015 at 15:17
  • Having watched the 2015 re-release, I also saw the Huey Lewis poster for the first time. Based on that alone, @iwantmyphd's answer is the best, IMO. Oct 27, 2015 at 13:20

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