No, not those hooters. This isn’t some kind of nature blog.
No, not those hooters, either! (My god, are those poor women wearing pantyhose!?!)
I mean the Philadelphia-based pop-rock band, The Hooters. You might remember them. They had a couple of hits in the mid-80s, and then pretty much dropped off the radar. Which was too bad, because after that pretty darn successful first album (which led to gigs like opening the Philadelphia stage at Live Aid), they continued to put out good music on three more discs. (They broke up for a while, then got back together this century, but I haven’t been too keen on anything they’ve done since.)
Thing is, The Hooters really have been unfairly forgotten. The two lead singers and songwriters for the band, Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian, co-wrote “Time After Time” with Cyndi Lauper. They played both Live Aid and the 1986 Conspiracy of Hope concert in New York. In the 90s, they appeared in Roger Waters’ revival of The Wall in Germany. Eric Bazilian wrote Joan Osborne’s hit “One of Us” (and produced and arranged her album Relish). They were popular in Europe for a lot longer than in the U.S. (which tells me that Europeans are much smarter than Americans). They were, in short, a hit.
Maybe it was the name, which was a nickname for the melodica (we’ve had one in the house for as long as I can remember, in spite of the fact that no one in the family ever played it). There are a lot of songs I really love by them, but my favorite is also probably the biggest hit they had. It’s at least the only one that ever still gets played anywhere.
If possible, I stop whatever I’m doing whenever this comes on somewhere and sing at the top of my lungs. It’s just such a fun song. Fun to sing, fun to dance to. The video’s fun, too. It makes me nostalgic for drive-ins, although nothing that cool ever happened at my local drive-in. (The coolest thing I can say about the drive-in I grew up with is that my mom worked at the concession stand for a while when my dad was out of work. I remember him carrying me when we went to visit her once.)
Look up The Hooters on itunes, or whatever perfectly legal download site you purchase music from. Or better, root around in the used bins at your local music store. I’ll bet they have a copy of Satellite or Zig Zag floating around there. Give them a listen. You might be surprised at how good they still sound.