A few weeks ago I was listening to a German radio station and this 80’s song came on. I had heard it before, but for some reason the realization of ‘this song is awesome!’ hadn’t sunk in yet. I rushed to my laptop, found the playlist and discovered it was ‘All You Zombies’ by The Hooters. That evening I could hardly stop listening to their music. I can now safely say this band from Philadelphia has a secure spot in the top three of my all time favourite artists. And here is why…
Overload of great songs
Normally I need to hear a song a few times before I start enjoying it, but The Hooters have quite a few which I immediately liked. Johnny B, And We Danced, Karla With A ‘K’, Satellite and Day By Day are my favourites so far.
Many artists these days can sing and perform very well, but often the amount of musical talent is limited to their voice and sense of rhythm. Being able to play an instrument is a whole different ballgame. It takes skill, perseverance and passion to be able to play one. Various members of The Hooters play multiple instruments. That, to me, shows true musical talent.
Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman, the founders of the band, not only play several (and rather unconventional) instruments, but they’re also successful songwriters. They wrote their own material, but were also responsible for hits like ‘One Of Us’ by Joan Osborne, ‘Time After Time’ by Cyndi Lauper and ‘Private Emotion’ by Ricky Martin. It’s kind of weird that the singers get most of the credit and public praise for a song, when there is a whole team that helped to create it.
From what I can tell by reading and watching interviews on the internet, I believe the members of The Hooters are authentically modest, friendly and fun people. If an artist comes across as arrogant or fake, I can still enjoy the music, I just won’t spend money on CD’s or merchandise!
Still performing after more than 30 years!
The Hooters formed in 1980 and are still performing regularly in their native United States, and parts of Europe. There have been a few changes of musicians within the band over the years, but Eric Bazilian, Rob Hyman, John Lilley, David Uosikkinen and Fran Smith Jr. have been together for decades and let’s hope they’ll continue to make music for a couple more!