Where The Hooters an overlooked/underrated band ?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by sean monaghan, Mar 16, 2018.

  1. sean monaghan

    sean monaghan Forum Resident Thread Starter

    As of late i've been listening a lot to band and was suprised at the lack of success they had Only managing to score 3 top 40 hits in the US while they are basically one hit wonders over here and in Britain. So do you think The Hooters should have a bit more attention or were they simply one of these bands like Mr Mister or Glass Tiger (both of whom I'm fond of) who were here one minute and gone the next.
  2. fishcane

    fishcane Dirt Farmer

    Finger Lakes,NY
    Weird tradition I have, I listen to my Hooters vinyl every year while wrapping Christmas presents. Been doing it for decades
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  3. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

    Smogville CA USA
    IMHO, all 3 bands were cursed with silly names...

    And in the age of MTV, when visual appeal was a major factor, you could interchange photos of the 3 groups, and no one would notice.

    Now, let’s talk about the music...
  4. dance_hall_keeper

    dance_hall_keeper Forum Resident

    I only own Nervous Night.
    Great album.
  5. spsimmons

    spsimmons Forum Resident

    Peoria Illinois
    The band recently appeared on the TV show The Goldbergs complete with 80's wigs performing as their 80's selves. It was pretty cool.
  6. clhboa

    clhboa Forum Resident

    They got a lot of airplay at the time. So no they weren't overlooked here.
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  7. HfxBob

    HfxBob Forum Resident

    I was pretty excited by All You Zombies - one of the best songs of its time, I thought. I had their first two albums on CD. Some very good stuff. They kind of lost their songwriting magic after that, it seems...they're not the first or last to have that happen.
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  8. OptimisticGoat

    OptimisticGoat Everybody's escapegoat....

    I have the whole catalogue. I think their songs are strong throughout. Nervous Night was a great major label debut but really of its time. It fitted into that melodic rock pop thing that was huge in 85-86. By 87 it was a crowded market and One Way Home lacked the catchiness of Nervous Night competing in reality with the rockier Bob Jovi etc and got less traction. By 89 the third album Zig zag was even more out of touch with emerging grunge/metal scene. They kept up the catchy folky rock thing but it didn’t sell. In terms of songwriting bear in mind they wrote and played on Cyndi Laupers Time After Time and Joan Osborne’s One of Us. Their later catalogue esp. Both Sides Live is terrific.
    Underrated - yep.

    BOZMAN Forum Resident

    In Canada, the Nervous Night-era videos got tons of airplay on MuchMusic (our equivalent of MTV), but the follow-up did not receive anywhere near the same exposure. I always liked them (just found a mint copy of Zig Zig on LP last week).
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  10. rednoise

    rednoise Forum Resident

    The only thing I really know about The Hooters was their appearance at Live Aid. They did "All You Zombies", which I had heard on the radio, and maybe one other song I was very impressed with their set, but never followed through with seeking out more. I sense that they deserved better than what they got.
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  11. Roland Stone

    Roland Stone Offending Member

    Deep Maryland
    Between "One of Us" and "Time after Time," someone made some money. The latter may be the biggest standard of the last thirty years. There's probably a karaoke singer or jazz trio or folkie performing it in your town right now.
  12. Drew

    Drew Senior Member

    San Antonio, TX
    I always felt Nervous Night would make a great reissue for a certain audiophile label.
  13. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Forum Resident

    Lawrenceville, NJ
    Not in Philly where I grew up, or at the high school Eric and I went to, or at the college Eric and Rob and I went to.
  14. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    Where the Hooters overlooked/underrated?

    Nowhere - I think they got the success they deserved. They were a fairly average pop band who managed to have a few decent hits and then faded from the limelight.

    Nothing about them screams "unrecognized genius"...
  15. ceddy10165

    ceddy10165 My life was saved by rock n roll

    Avon, CT
    I love Nervous Night and think One Way Home is even better. Really strong writing team. They put on a great live show too. They lost me with Zig Zag.
  16. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    I've always given them credit for covering Love's "She Comes in Colors," which was moderately ballsy for a major label band in 1985, but overall I prefer their work on She's So Unusual.
  17. blaken123

    blaken123 Your Greater Tri-County CD Superstore

    United States
    So many memories of playing the Nervous Night cassette while playing Zanac on the NES! Really likeable album. I'm not sure if they were properly "rated" or not, but the singles from that album are works of pop songwriting/arranging genius.
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  18. Galley

    Galley Forum Resident

    Let’s not forget that they performed in Roger Waters' “The Wall: Live in Berlin”concert.
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  19. Mick Jones

    Mick Jones Forum Resident

    How can they have been overlooked when they had a restaurant chain named in their honour?
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  20. bataclan2002

    bataclan2002 All You Need Is Now.

    For a hot minute in the mid 80s the Hooters sounded like the future.
    Overlooked? Yes. Maybe someday melodic pop-rock of that kind - Mr. Mister, The Outfield, etc. - will be reassessed but for now time seems to have forgotten.
  21. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    Maybe because those bands were very "of their era" and not especially original/memorable?

    They created some reasonably pleasant tunes, had some hits and then faded. Doesn't seem like there's a big mystery here - bands have a smattering of hits and then vanish all the time...
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  22. HfxBob

    HfxBob Forum Resident

    "Reasonably pleasant" - now there's a nice left-handed compliment. :cool:
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  23. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley 5.1 should be mandatory for my favourite albums

    they weren't overlooked in australia. lots of airplay. i think they may have been over exposed for their value. some good songs though
  24. Endymion

    Endymion Forum Resident

    Very good band and a great live act too. They are often touring here in Germany so last year I saw them for the third time.
    They have lots of catchy songs, some of them originally written for other artists ("Time After Time", "Private Emotion"). I also love their cover version of "The Boys Of Summer".
    I think they are probably underrated in the US because they have concentrated their activities here in Europe. American bands who do that tend to be forgotten in the US/Canada (e.g. Saga).
  25. egebamyasi

    egebamyasi Forum Resident

    Worcester, MA

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