The Hooters were arguably one of the best rock bands to emerge from Philadelphia. Although their global success was limited to the first couple of albums and a few MTV video hits from 1984/85, The Hooters were hometown heroes in Philly (and their native Ardmore, PA), which peaked with an appearance at the U.S. version of Live Aid.
This show, recorded for the King Biscuit Flower Hour on Halloween 1985, came three months after the band's historic Live Aid appearance. This show was essentially a replay of the band's breakthrough LP on Columbia Records, which featured the Top 10 hit, "All You Zombies."
"Day By Day" opens the show with the energy of a locomotive, and slides comfortably into "Hanging By A Heartbeat." "She Comes In Colors" and "Don't Take The Car Out Tonight" lead into the band's innovative cover of The Beatles classic, "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds."
"Where Do The Children Go?," a compelling ballad rumored to have been written about the deadly government raid on the Move compound (a radical African-American sect that had been operating in Philadelphia) is a highpoint of the show.
"All You Zombies," the funk-reggae song that was an MTV and radio hit when this show was taped, is next, followed by the band's own version of "Time After Time," the ballad they wrote for Cyndi Lauper, which she turned into a hugely successful song. They close with "And We Danced," the follow-up hit to "All You Zombies."
The Hooters morphed from another popular Philly based band, Baby Grand, which also featured Bazilian and Hyman. The Hooters never matched the success they saw between 1984 and 1986, and ended up splitting up in the late 1990s, reforming in 2007. They have resumed touring, focusing on markets such as Europe and Japan.