Can you name the last hit for The Hooters in the '80s?
Perhaps you are not tired of it, but I would almost walk 500 miles to never hear the Proclaimers I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) again, however if you wanted to walk 500 miles in the '80s, you had other options, such as The Hooters and their version of 500 Miles.
Almost as much as Rocky Balboa, The Hooters were the pride of Philadelphia in the '80s as songs like And We Danced and Day By Day were big hits in the mid-'80s. By the end of the decade, the Hooters were still cranking out music but the hits stopped coming. Their last single that charted in the '80s was 500 Miles that only reached No. 97 in 1989.
Also known as The Railroader's Lament, 500 Miles is a '60s folk song of murky origins that became popular when artists like Peter, Paul and Mary and Sonny & Cher put it on their albums. The video for the Hooters version is shot in start black and white with plenty of train shots in between the band performing.
The Hooters recorded an alternative version of the song dedicated to the Tiananmen Square protests also in 1989. 500 Miles was most recently seen in pop culture when the Coen brothers featured in its 2013 movie Inside Llewyn Davis with Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan helping sing the song.
The Hooters are still together and playing music. Songwriters Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman continue to see mail box money as their most popular composition, Time After Time, was a No. 1 hit for Cyndi Lauper in 1984 and has been covered frequently over the decades.
- Kevin Wuench