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Album Review

Hooterization is a single-disc collection featuring all seven of the Hooters' charting singles, plus neglected album tracks and other obscurities. Since the bulk of the Hooters' best material — "And We Danced," "Day by Day," "All You Zombies," and "Where Do the Children Go" — is on their Nervous Night debut album, Hooterization is useful only for those collectors and listeners who want a compilation for the sake of having a compilation. Hooterization is too long and filled with too many bland tracks to make a consistently entertaining listen, which is not the case of Nervous Night, since it is shorter and contains all the hits. Certainly, Hooterization does a fine job of selecting the highlights from One Way Home and Zig Zag, but most casual fans will be satisfied with Nervous Night.

Customer Reviews

Captures their essence

This collection does, in large part, capture the essence of a band that many people only know by a few songs, and not even by name at times. Indeed, this is actually signified by the Album Review/Summary for this little Retrospective; in that the reviewer refers to the bulk of their "best material" being found on Nervous Night. While a lot of their commercial tunes are found upon that album this band should be remembered for more than their charting singles. Defining a band by their singles really does no one justice. In fact, this band really is best live. This is thankfully evident on two tracks from this album which are well worth the purchase themselves. On another note, this retrospective does compile things well in a flowing manner and you get the ever catchy "And we Danced as an Opener". Personnally, "Karla with a K" is my favorite of their tunes due to its original sound and you can't go wrong with a ender like "Beat up Guitar". I hope these guys churn out more and keep coming around to the town that rocked the nation, Philadelphia, PA. Selling them as just "All You Zombies" is like saying the Talking Heads were "Burning Down the House", nothing more; so, do them justice, and yourself, and take a good listen.

Great Album, Great Band

The Hooters are often overlooked but have put out such great music. This is an excellent compilation.

The Hooters did a good job

The Hooters make really good music, and on this album (Hooterization), is my favorite song by them (Karla With A K).


Formed: 1978 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best remembered for a string of mid-'80s hits including the MTV staple "And We Danced," Philadelphia rockers the Hooters were led by singer/keyboardist Rob Hyman and singer/guitarist Eric Bazilian, whose longtime creative partnership also yielded hits for artists including Cyndi Lauper and Joan Osborne. Hyman and Bazilian first teamed in the group Baby Grand, which also included future producer Rick Chertoff; after a pair of LPs for Arista, the band dissolved in 1978, with the Hooters forming soon...
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