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toadspittle
11-13-2008, 06:27 PM
My wife is a giant 80s music fan, but she had never heard of the Hooters (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hooters) before. I was sort of shocked, but then I wondered if it was just a Philly thing. (I'm from Philly, she's from Pittsburgh.) I mean, they opened the Live Aid concert in the USA! While they were no Duran Duran or anything, and clearly small potatoes, she's aware of much smaller one-hit-wonders from the 80s.

So how 'bout it—are the Hooters widely known outside of Philadelphia? Or is this a weird blind spot in my wife's knowledge?

Hazle Weatherfield
11-13-2008, 06:33 PM
Oh, I still love the song "And We Danced." The harmonica is so wistful! I also like "Day by Day" and "All You Zombies."

University of Illinois (C-U) '85 - '90

Duke
11-13-2008, 06:35 PM
Yes, I remember them.

But I didn't know until recently that they were the backing band on Cyndi Lauper's first album, after they'd formed but before they hit it big.

maggenpye
11-13-2008, 06:47 PM
I remember them - but I'll admit to thinking of Hootie and the Blowfish when I first saw the thread title


All You Zombies was biblical? Huh. Learn something new every day.

NajaSong
11-13-2008, 06:56 PM
I do!

I saw them live back in ... 1993? In Philadelphia, WMMR did some big concert with Jethro Tull, Warren Zevon, the Hooters and some other bands that time has erased from my memory.

I looked it up. It was April 27, 1993 (2 days before my birthday!) and it was their 25th Anniversary Celebration. I got free tickets through my work.

muldoonthief
11-13-2008, 07:02 PM
I remember them, but I was a teenager in Philadelphia when they were big, so that probably doesn't help. I don't remember them opening Live Aid though, and I was there.

gallows fodder
11-13-2008, 07:18 PM
"All You Zombies" was one of my favorite songs as a kid. But I grew up in the Philly suburbs, so...

brad_d
11-13-2008, 07:30 PM
I remember them, and I grew up in Dallas/Fort Worth. They were moderately popular - I think their music was regularly played at school dances during the mid '80's.

I liked them then, and still do - gotta find the tapes (or are they honest-to-god vinyl albums?) that I'm sure I still have somewhere....

thwartme
11-13-2008, 07:38 PM
Oh, I still love the song "And We Danced." The harmonica is so wistful! I also like "Day by Day" and "All You Zombies."

University of Illinois (C-U) '85 - '90

I love "And We Danced", too. But it's not a harmonica, it's ...something else. I don't know what you call it. it's like a keyboard with a pipe attached. You can see him playing it near the start of the video, here (http://youtube.com/watch?v=DOoU_0PAKoI).

Anyone know what that's called?

Thanks,
Bill

lobotomyboy63
11-13-2008, 07:41 PM
A melodica? That's what it sounds like.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melodica

I remember "And we danced" from when I was living in Illinois.

Ian D. Bergkamp
11-13-2008, 07:56 PM
I grew up in Memphis and had their cassette - the one with "And We Danced." Liked it a lot, but apparently not enough to keep track of the band afterwards.

I wouldn't say they were huge in Memphis at the time, but they did get played on the local pop-rock station.

Fugazi
11-13-2008, 07:57 PM
All You Zombies is on my playlist. I still have the record "Nervous Night". I'm from Northern Ohio.

River Hippie
11-13-2008, 07:59 PM
I love that band! I have a cassette with an album on each side that I still listen to. It has the one with Zombies, "Nervous Night" and one of the later ones, "One Way Home" .

And We Danced is still one of my all time favorite songs.

toadspittle
11-13-2008, 08:54 PM
I love "And We Danced", too. But it's not a harmonica, it's ...something else. I don't know what you call it. it's like a keyboard with a pipe attached. You can see him playing it near the start of the video, here (http://youtube.com/watch?v=DOoU_0PAKoI).

Anyone know what that's called?

Thanks,
Bill

It's a Hooter! (A Melodica, as lobotomy said.) That's where they got their name.

thwartme
11-13-2008, 09:10 PM
It's a Hooter! (A Melodica, as lobotomy said.) That's where they got their name.

Yep, that'd seem to be it. Thanks to lobotomyboy63 and yourself.

thwartme

Stainz
11-13-2008, 09:40 PM
I totally remember The Hooters, and I grew up in British Columbia, Canada - quite far from Philly. :)

Frostillicus
11-13-2008, 10:07 PM
Satellite is one of my favorite Hooters' songs:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=1lwYK8EHd_M

BiblioCat
11-13-2008, 11:11 PM
I remember them, but I lived in Philly from '83 to '85. I remember seeing them play somewhere outdoors - a Fourth of July thing, maybe? I'm too old to remember exactly where.

ETA: "All You Zombies" was always my favorite.

Bearflag70
11-13-2008, 11:41 PM
I enjoyed them on MTV and Los Angeles radio.

astorian
11-14-2008, 12:08 AM
I remember them well. Their second album was better than the first, in my opinion.

After each of their first two albums, they were playing huge stadiums as the opening act for a lot of very popular acts (I saw them with Bryan Adams, but they also toured with Stevie Nicks and others). But after that, they decided they wanted to be headliners, even if that meant playing mostly small clubs. I saw them here in Austin at a short-lived music club that was designed to look like a coal mine, and they were great.

I hadn't heard anything from them in years, but Eric Bazilian made a comeback of sorts as producer and songwriter for Joan Osborne. I think he wrote her biggest hit, "One of Us."

Eonwe
11-14-2008, 12:29 AM
Their album One Way Home is one of my favorite albums. Some really stellar tracks on that one.

kelly5078
11-14-2008, 12:30 AM
I had "Nervous Night." Live in Houston.

Mr. Goob
11-14-2008, 01:06 AM
Alive and well in my memory and on my ipod.

Yorikke
11-14-2008, 01:52 AM
I grew up in Trenton, NJ, right across the river from Philly, so they were pretty big. I liked them a lot, and was surprised that they never got really huge.

Joe

3trew
11-14-2008, 02:11 AM
"All You Zombies" was pretty big where I was when it came out.

Now I have to find a copy.

Anybody remember "The Honeydrippers"?

No google, that's cheating.

Face Intentionally Left Blank
11-14-2008, 03:10 AM
"All You Zombies" was pretty big where I was when it came out.

Now I have to find a copy.

Anybody remember "The Honeydrippers"?

No google, that's cheating.

Robert Plant. "Sea of Love"

Them, and Power Station, were a tremendous disappointment to me(so-called 'super groups' that came out about the same time, who amounted to little).

Melodica (Melodicam?) suck. I hated the Hooters with the fire of 1,000 suns. I hated 'the Hooters' when they had their hits. Still do.

TheLoadedDog
11-14-2008, 03:40 AM
I was a teenager in the 80s, and I had never heard of them before - or since - one day in about 1988 when they must have come to Sydney, and they were doing a "big public appearance" in a suburban shopping centre, in a small space between the orange juice stand and a bookshop. I happened to be walking past. They'd rustled up a sufficient number of screaming 12 year-old girls from somewhere, and were busy "whisking the Hooters out a back entrance" (past the toilets and cleaner's storeroom).

"Who?", I thought.

Ice Wolf
11-14-2008, 04:00 AM
Perhaps I'm starting to forget the '80s -- I can't remember The Hooters.

Mr. Frink
11-14-2008, 04:04 AM
They were pretty big in Chicago. Steve Dahl-legendary local DJ--would play them all the time on his WLS/WLUP drive-time show. He was a big fan. I think they would sell out everytime they came through town....

Mr. Frink
11-14-2008, 04:12 AM
They were pretty big in Chicago. Steve Dahl-legendary local DJ--would play them all the time on his WLS/WLUP drive-time show. He was a big fan. I think they would sell out everytime they came through town....

Toxylon
11-14-2008, 04:22 AM
Huh?

I thought everyone knows Hooters, or at least their big hits, one of which is played by Christian groups everywhere to this day. I remember reading several articles on the band from the biggest pop magazine in Finland some 20 years ago.

Half Man Half Wit
11-14-2008, 04:48 AM
I know 'em, though the only song I consciously know as theirs is All You Zombies. I'm from Germany.

si_blakely
11-14-2008, 04:55 AM
I got into the Hooters, way out in NZ in 85/86.

South Ferry Road was one of my favourites.

I'm gonna have to go looking for that album, now.

Si

Loach
11-14-2008, 06:45 AM
I like Hooters.

Don't like the group.

corkboard
11-14-2008, 08:53 AM
Grew up in the Philly suburbs, high school from '81-'85. The Hooters were a local hit just around that time. They played in my high school gym a few times, and other local venues. They released an independant album in the Philly area which was much better than the nationally-released "first" album a couple years later. The national album was way over produced.

My high school girlfriend and I saw them a couple times when they opened for Cindy Lauper, but we'd leave when she came on. I hadn't heard from them in years but the other day in the car I heard "All You Zombies" (the over produced version) on the radio.

A girl in my highschool used to wear a jean jacket every day and she put a Hooters bumper sticker on the back. We'd always say "nice hooters, Kris!" as she walked by. She didn't get it.

D_Odds
11-14-2008, 09:14 AM
I saw them at some small club in NYC after their first album. Show was pretty good. I remember the lead guitarist broke about 4 or 5 strings that night, and was getting frustrated with himself (or the guitars) because their road crew (maybe 2 or 3 people at most) couldn't restring them fast enough.

Loach
11-14-2008, 09:21 AM
Last time I was home one of the Philly stations were playing their new song. This was about 6 months ago.

Thudlow Boink
11-14-2008, 09:38 AM
I, too, remember the Hooters. My favorite of their albums is "Zig Zag."

UncleBill
11-14-2008, 10:32 AM
I was going to college in North Carolina from 1984 to 1988, heard them, saw them in concert at least once.

Freddy the Pig
11-14-2008, 11:19 AM
I remember the Hooters, but I always thought of them as sort of a one-hit wonder for And We Danced. I'll have to check out some of these other songs.

Swallowed My Cellphone
11-14-2008, 12:26 PM
I grew up in Michigan and remember the Hooters. The last I heard them was in 1990 when they performed Pink Floyd's song "Mother" with Sinead O'Connor during the The Wall Concert in Berlin (which also feature Tim Curry and Bryan Adams). It was really weird, but I thought their harmonies were a cool contrast in the chorus to O'Connor's lead vocals.

GargoyleWB
11-14-2008, 12:53 PM
Weird...I know all of the songs mentioned, but I had mentally attributed them to The Fixx. Clearly, the relational database attributes in my brain have been reassigned via too much beer over the years.

Reloy3
11-14-2008, 01:29 PM
I loved the Hooters in (very rural) Wyoming, where we were still getting used to indoor plumbing, so they couldn't have been that obscure.

IIRC, there greatest claim to fame was writing Lauper's "Time After Time".

ez2slip
11-14-2008, 03:06 PM
I saw Cyndi Lauper and the Hooters at the Mann Music Center in Fairmount Park with my girlfriend in 1983 or so. Her first album 'She's So Unusual' was out by then. The Hooters were the best part of the show.

gigi
11-14-2008, 03:49 PM
New York State here, and I loved the Hooters. I'm surprised an 80s music lover wouldn't remember them.

corkboard
11-14-2008, 03:53 PM
I saw Cyndi Lauper and the Hooters at the Mann Music Center in Fairmount Park with my girlfriend in 1983 or so. Her first album 'She's So Unusual' was out by then. The Hooters were the best part of the show.

Weird- I was there that night with my girlfriend too. I think I saw you there! Were you that person, in that shirt, standing with all those people?

And yes, the Hooters were the best part of the show. (After the show was pretty good too, but that's a different thread.)

that_darn_cat
11-14-2008, 04:13 PM
South Jersey boy here. First concert I ever went to was the Hooters, free in Atlantic City at one of the casinos. I was about 13, so that would have been about 89. Also, my junior prom theme was "When We Danced". Yes, it was cheesy. I still have "All you Zombies" on my Itunes though.

ExTank
11-14-2008, 05:01 PM
Yeah, I remember the Hooters (grad. H.S. 1985). They received some airplay in the St. Louis Metro; I have no idea of how "big" they were locally.

Until I read this thread, I hadn't thought about them for 20+ years.

But the only song I knoew them by was "All You Zombies."

I rather like "And We Danced," but never knew the artists.

Siam Sam
11-14-2008, 08:43 PM
I enjoyed them on MTV and Los Angeles radio.

Yes, I recall their MTV videos were good.

mshar253
11-14-2008, 09:08 PM
Just a note: WMMR (and Pierre Robert specifically) is hosting a Hooter's concert the night before Thanksgiving, Goblaroo 2008. But that's a Philly thing, so this information does not tell you how well known they are outside of the area.

blondebear
11-14-2008, 09:42 PM
Nervous Night got quite a bit of airplay here in the Bay Area. I really liked that album, but lost track of them after that. The gig later this month should be a lot of fun for both them and the fans. Good on 'em.

Eonwe
11-14-2008, 09:43 PM
I figure I should add; back in the very early 90s, my dad and I went to the indie record store in town to try to find a Crowded House album for my mom, who had heard a song of theirs on the radio. They didn't have any CDs in stock, but the guy working there suggested we get a Hooters album, which we did (as well as ordered a Crowded House CD). I think I've listened to that CD much more than mom has. :)

gwendee
11-15-2008, 01:47 AM
I went to see them in New York and New Haven. Smallish venues, but nobody I told I was going said "You're going to see WHO?"

The Outfield opened the New Haven show.

Jackmannii
11-27-2008, 01:41 PM
Just a note: WMMR (and Pierre Robert specifically) is hosting a Hooter's concert the night before Thanksgiving, Goblaroo 2008. But that's a Philly thing, so this information does not tell you how well known they are outside of the area.So, anybody go to the concert?

I'd never heard any of their stuff after Nervous Night, but last weekend I was at a used record/CD place and found Long Way Home on cassette. About 4 songs are going to make the cut for the Pod, and of those "Satellite" is the only one that's up to the standard of Nervous Night. The energy level is way down overall for their second album.

Sunspace
11-27-2008, 03:53 PM
Now I'm going to have to find All You Zombies. I thought everyone knows Hooters, or at least their big hits, one of which is played by Christian groups everywhere to this day.I'm willing to bet that that wasn't Satellite. :)

They were moderately-popular in Toronto.

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