Bursting onto the Philadelphia music scene in 1980, The Hooters quickly became a huge success along their native East Coast. Their unique blend of ska, reggae and rock n roll was a fresh and powerful sound and in 1983 The Hooters released their first independent album "Amore", which sold over 100,000 copies. "Amore" introduced the original versions of songs like "All You Zombies", "Hanging On A Heartbeat", "Fightin' On The Same Side" and "Blood From A Stone", all songs which would reappear in different versions on later albums.
It was also during this time that Rob (Hyman) and Eric (Bazilian), along with producer Rick Chertoff, wrote and played on Cyndi Lauper's debut album "She's So Unusual". Rob and Cyndi co-wrote the now classic hit song "Time After Time". The Hooters' strong and powerful presence, as performers and as songwriters, led to their first major record deal in 1984 with Columbia Records. Their 1985 debut release "Nervous Night" quickly achieved gold and platinum status all over the world. Rolling Stone magazine named The Hooters the "Best New Band of the Year" in 1985. That year just kept getting better as The Hooters were chosen as the very first band to perform at LIVE AID in Philadelphia. With unforgettable songs such as "Day By Day", "And We Danced", "Where Do The Children Go" and "All You Zombies" The Hooters quickly became a household name.
By 1986 The Hooters had four hit singles under their belts and had been touring almost non-stop for a year promoting "Nervous Night." A highlight of that year, the band was honored to be asked to play at the Amnesty International Concert at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Relatively unknown only a year before, The Hooters were now sharing the stage with acts such as U2, The Police, Bryan Adams, Lou Reed and Peter Gabriel.
In 1987 The Hooters released "One Way Home", again achieving gold and platinum status in several territories across the globe; with songs like "Johnny B", "Satellite" and "Karla With A K", "One Way Home". David Fricke, from Rolling Stone magazine said, "The Hooters have made airwave magic with unconventional ingredients". In 1989 The Hooters released their third major label album. "Zig Zag" which introduced the world to a slightly more mature Hooters sound, while still maintaining those infectious pop hooks for which The Hooters are so well known. With Peter, Paul and Mary on backing vocals, "500 Miles" became a worldwide hit that lead to another double-platinum success for the band.
It was also during this time that the band was asked to participate in Roger Waters' multimedia extravaganza "The Wall" in Berlin. The Hooters joined music legends such as Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, The Band, Sinead O'Connor and Bryan Adams for an unforgettable musical experience. Also during this time the band left Columbia, signed with MCA and welcomed a new band member Mindy Jostyn. An instrumentalist and vocalist extraordinaire, Mindy's energy and talents took The Hooters to yet another level of musical excellence. In 1993 they released "Out Of Body". Recorded in Memphis, "Out Of Body" included a duet with Cyndi Lauper entitled "Boys Will Be Boys" and resulted in yet another world tour, their first as a six piece band.
It was during the "Out Of Body" tour that the band recorded their "Live In Germany" album (1995). Soon after this, Sony released the long awaited compilation album entitled "Hooterization - A Retrospective" in recognition of their greatest hits.
Following the completion of these albums and many years of touring, The Hooters decided to take a much needed break and concentrate on various solo projects as well as spending some much deserved time with their families.
Rob and Eric continued to contribute their musical and songwriting talents to other artists, including Taj Mahal, Mick Jagger, Willie Nelson, John Bon Jovi and many others. Most notably, in 1985, their work with producer Rick Chertoff again rocketed another relatively unknown female artist into superstardom, contributing much of the material and instrumentation for Joan Osborne's debut album "Relish". Eric's masterfully penned "One Of Us", shot up the charts. Once again, just as "Time After Time" was nominated for numerous Grammy Awards, including "Song Of The Year 1984", Eric achieved the same prestigious nomination for "One Of Us" in 1996. "Relish" was nominated for a total of 6 Grammys, largely due to Eric and Rob's strong songwriting contributions. The original production team reunited with Joan Osborne in 2004 to write, produce and play on her album "Little Wild One" released in September 2008.
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