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And We Danced (The Hooters song)

"And We Danced" is a song by the American rock band The Hooters, released as the first single from their second album, Nervous Night. "And We Danced" was released in 1985 and became the band's first major hit, just missing the top 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart (peaking at #21), but reaching #3 on the Mainstream Rock charts.[1] It became the band's second consecutive Top 10 hit in Australia, reaching #6.[2]

"And We Danced"
Single by The Hooters
from the album Nervous Night
B-side "Blood from a Stone"
Released 1985
Format
Genre Rock
Length 3:48
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Rick Chertoff
The Hooters singles chronology
"All You Zombies"
(1982)
"And We Danced"
(1985)
"Day by Day"
(1985)

The band performed the song at the Live Aid benefit concert in Philadelphia, on July 13, 1985.

The music video for the song, featuring live footage of the band filmed at the now-demolished Exton Drive-In in Exton, Pennsylvania in the summer of 1985, was nominated for the Best New Artist in a Video award at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards. One of the members is shown playing a Hohner melodica (the "hooter" from whence the band got their name), a reed instrument played by mouth with keyboard notes which can be fingered to produce a harmonica-like sound. The 1975 Orleans hit "Dance With Me" also features a melodica solo prominently in the recording, although in live instances their keyboardist mounted the instrument flat on a desktop to be fingered as a conventional keyboard instrument with a plastic hose extension to reach the player's mouth from a sitting position. Furthermore, Cyndi Lauper's version of "Money Changes Everything" includes a melodica solo. (Members of The Hooters were present on Lauper's breakout album She's So Unusual).

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Cover versionsEdit

Canadian duo Sons of Maxwell covered the song on their 1998 album The Neighbourhood. Their version was released as a single in 1999 and peaked at number 54 on the RPM Country Tracks chart.[3]

Fellow Philadelphia artist Atom and His Package incorporated a cover of the chorus into the end of his 1997 song "Goalie" off the A Society of People Named Elihu album.[4]

AccoladesEdit

And We Danced was ranked as the 88th greatest song of the 80's on internet radio station WDDF Radio's "The 88 Greatest Songs of the 80's" second annual Independence Day countdown[5] in 2017

ChartsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nervous Night Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – 1985". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved April 15, 2017. 
  3. ^ "RPM Country Tracks". RPM. May 31, 1999. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Goalie-Atom and His Package". Retrieved April 15, 2017. 
  5. ^ "WDDF Radio". 
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  7. ^ "offiziellecharts.de Hooters – "And We Danced"" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved April 15, 2017. 
  8. ^ "charts.org.nz Hooters – "And We Danced"" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved April 15, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Billboard: The Hot 100, 26 October 1985". billboard.com. Retrieved April 15, 2017.