Hooters ‘Time’ again: Philly rock-folk band’s first album in 14 years
By DAVID HILTBRAND
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Eric Bazilian, of The Hooters, plays his octave mandolin, Jan. 28, 2008, at Elm Street Studios in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. The Hooters, a big local rock band in the 80s, have a comeback album titled, “Time Stand Still.”
You might want to commit a stanza or two from “Johnny B,” a doleful song from the Hooters’ 1987 album “One Way Home,” to memory. Just in case you’re ever in the Rhineland, broke, and in need of a drink.
“You can walk into any bar in Germany,” says Rob Hyman, cofounder of the band, “and sing ‘Johnny B’ and they’re going to go …” He throws a fist in the air and in a soused Teutonic accent bellows, “the Hooters!”
“Free beer,” promises his creative cohort, Eric Bazilian.
“It’ll work,” Hyman says. “Try it.”
The problem is you could try the same experiment in a Philadelphia watering hole and chances are nobody would offer to buy you a round. The band that was musical royalty in this city in its ’80s heyday has fallen off the radar screen, even in its hometown.
That may change with the release this week of “Time Stand Still,” the first Hooters album in 14 years.
The title is fitting. Stack the CD’s effervescent mix of rock and folk and its heirloom instrumentation up against the band’s early hits like “And We Danced” and “Day by Day,” and it sounds as if not a minute has passed.
“We live in our own world. We do what we do,” says Bazilian, sitting in the control room of the recording studio Hyman built in a nondescript warehouse and residential area in Conshohocken, Pa. “It would be silly for us to try to put on the shoes of the modern.”