Picks and Pans Review: Nervous Night
The group's rustic name conjures up an image of a hoedown quintet garbed in overalls and plunking away on cigar boxes and washtubs on the county fair circuit. Don't let the name fool you. The Hooters are a talented pop-rock band. Their first LP is a heady listening experience. (In 1983 they released a vanity EP that sold 100,000 copies in their hometown of Philadelphia alone.) The creative core of the band, keyboardist Rob Hyman and guitarist Eric Bazilian, was largely responsible for Cyndi Lauper's sound on She's So Unusual. The Hooters could be called "the Variables" since they cover so many styles. There is the pop sprightliness of And We Danced, the Anglo refinement of South Ferry Road and the somber folkie Where Do the Children Go? featuring vocals by Patty Smyth of Scandal. Bazilian has a resounding tone on his guitar and adds some seasoned mandolin playing. Unfortunately All You Zombies has been chosen as the single and the video. This song and Hanging on a Heartbeat are the two oldest selections from the Hooters' repertoire on this album. Both have reggae intentions, but on their way in from the Caribbean they get lost somewhere over the Bermuda Triangle. Delve beyond these knockoffs, and you'll find an original, exciting new group. (Columbia)
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