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Semiconductor design is about as far out on the leading edge of technology as you can get (excluding the i820 chipset, naturally). And it even sounds pretty cool, too (until you get talking to the average chip designer, when that facade falls away all too quickly).

Top chip designer Cadence prides itself on laying on something pretty cool for its favoured journos (not The Register, obviously) at the annual DAC conference – last year it was in New Orleans where the entire Big Easy Police Force was hired - complete with Harley-Davidsons, flashing lights and sirens - to escort hacks luxuriating in the comfort of stretch limos with fully-stocked minibars from a private viewing of the Degas exhibition at the local museum of modern art to a slap up meal in one of the town's top restaurants. Not bad.

So when Decadence took a bunch of hacks out for their annual pissup at DAC in LA a couple of weeks back, something well radical was on the cards.

This year, hacks had heard whispered mentions of the name "Huey", and being largely aged under 30, were dribbling at the prospect of a private gig from The Fun Lovin' Criminals, but obviously wires had got crossed somewhere and the band that showed up was, rather unfortunately, not the ultra-cool Kings of New Yoik, but superannuated rockers Huey Lewis and the News.

All together now:

"Tell me doctor, where are we going to this time? Is this the future, or 1969?" ®

Register quizoid: In which British pub rock band did Huey Lewis appear before becoming famous, and in which British pub rock band does he play now, and wasn't he one of the bad guys wasted by Bruce Willis in Die Hard? It was him, I swear it, he… [That's enough nostalgia – Ed]

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