Picks and Pans Review: Catching Up with ... The Hooters

updated 04/07/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/07/2008 01:00AM

The '80s band behind "And We Danced" is back with Time Stand Still, their first studio CD since 1993—and smaller hair.

ON THEIR LONG HIATUS "After 12-13 years of nonstop playing, we needed a break physically and mentally," says singer-keyboardist Rob Hyman, 57. "But it wasn't any kind of breakup. We stayed friends. I wish I could give you juicy stories, but we actually like each other."

ON BEING MIDDLE-AGED ROCKERS "We are truly trying to hold back the hands of the clock every day," says Hyman. "We're feeling that squeeze, but we're also having more fun than we ever did." Adds singer-guitarist Eric Bazilian, 54: "Every extra pound, every missing brain cell is going to get in the way now, so I put myself on a program so I feel like I've got all cylinders firing."

ON THEIR BIG-HAIR DAYS "My kids look at the pictures and mock me: 'Nice haircut, Dad,'" says Hyman. But, adds Bazilian proudly, "I stand by the music!"

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