Nervous Night (album)

Nervous Night is the second studio album by American rock band the Hooters, released in May 1985 by Columbia Records and on CBS Records in Europe. The album features two of the band's biggest and best-known hits, "And We Danced" and "Day by Day", as well as the minor hit, "All You Zombies", which was a rerecorded version of a single that had first been released in 1982.

Nervous Night
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 6, 1985[1][2]
StudioRecord Plant Studios, NYC, Studio 4, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
ProducerRick Chertoff
The Hooters chronology
Nervous Night
One Way Home
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone5/5 stars[4]


In the summer of 1983, guitarist Eric Bazilian and keyboard player Rob Hyman were invited by their old college friend and bandmate from Baby Grand, Rick Chertoff, to work on the debut album for a newly signed singer to Columbia Records named Cyndi Lauper. This resulted in The Hooters reforming after having broken up several months earlier. Eventually executives at Columbia Records, who were impressed by the over 100,000 copies that the band's independent album Amore had sold, as well as the local Philadelphia fan support (26 million entries in radio station WMMR's contest to win a Hooters show at a local high school) decided on July 26, 1984 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia, to sign The Hooters to a multi-album contract to the company.

On July 13, 1985, The Hooters opened the Philadelphia segment of Live Aid, a concert event to raise funds to benefit Africa. This internationally televised event introduced the band to a global audience that subsequently translated to major commercial success. Their first major overseas tour came later that year when they played throughout Australia.

Different versions of three songs on Nervous Night — "All You Zombies", "Hanging on a Heartbeat" and "Blood from a Stone" — were originally released on The Hooters' independent album release Amore in 1983.[5] "Blood From a Stone" had also been recently covered by Red Rockers and released as a single.[5]

Eric Bazilian told Songfacts that "Day by Day" "was a song that started as an experiment with Rick Chertoff." He added that it took them "2 years whipping it into shape."[6]

1986 filmEdit

An award-winning film starring The Hooters and directed by John Jopson, Nervous Night, was produced by Bell One Productions. Nervous Night was shot on 35mm film and intercuts two separate elements: a concert filmed at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia, and a series of short films, each one starring a different band member.


Nervous Night achieved platinum certification status around the world, selling in excess of 2 million copies in the United States.

On September 5, 1986, The Hooters appeared on the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards, where they were nominated in the category of Best New Artist in a Video for "And We Danced". They performed two songs on the show, "And We Danced" and "Nervous Night".

Rolling Stone named The Hooters the Best New Band of the Year for 1986.

At Billboard's 8th Annual Video Music Conference on November 22, 1986, the film Nervous Night won two awards: Best Concert Performance for the "Where Do the Children Go" video and Best Long-Form Program.

The Hooters also placed in five categories in Billboard's Top 100 of 1986:

  • Top Pop Artist (No. 41)
  • Top Pop Album (No. 23)
  • Top Pop Album Artists/Groups (No. 16)
  • Top Pop Album Artists based on one album (No. 27)
  • Top Pop Singles Artists based on three singles (No. 3)

Track listingEdit

  • Tracks, 1, 3, 6, 7 & 10 Copyright Dub Notes/Human Boy. Tracks 2, 4, 5 and 8 Copyright Dub Notes/Human Boy/Hobbler Music. Track 9 Grassroots Productions.
Side one
1."And We Danced"Rob Hyman, Eric Bazilian3:48
2."Day by Day"
3."All You Zombies"Hyman, Bazilian5:58
4."Don't Take My Car Out Tonight"
  • Hyman
  • Bazilian
  • Chertoff
Side two
1."Hanging on a Heartbeat"
  • Hyman
  • Bazilian
  • Glenn Goss
  • Jeff Ziv
2."Where Do the Children Go"Hyman, Bazilian5:29
3."South Ferry Road"
  • Hyman
  • Bazilian
  • Chertoff
4."She Comes in Colors"Arthur Lee4:12
5."Blood from a Stone"Hyman, Bazilian4:13


  • The album's title track did not appear on original LP releases of the album, or on the very first CDs.[7]


  • Eric Bazilian – lead vocals (tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10), guitars, bass, mandolin, saxophone
  • Rob Hyman – lead vocals (tracks 1, 4, 6, 7, 8), keyboards, melodica
  • Andy King – bass guitar, vocals
  • John Lilley – guitar
  • David Uosikkinen – drums

Additional musicians


  • Produced by Rick Chertoff
  • Recorded and engineered by John Agnello & William Wittman
  • Mixed by William Wittman, except "And We Danced" (mixed by Dave Thoener)
  • Mastered by George Marino


Weekly chartsEdit

Year Chart Position
1985 US Billboard 200[8] 12


Year Song Billboard Hot 100 Mainstream Rock Tracks
1985 "All You Zombies" 58 11
1985 "And We Danced" 21 3
1986 "Day by Day" 18 3
1986 "Where Do the Children Go" 38 34


  1. ^ Takiff, Jonathan (1985-05-06). "The Hooters Are Cleared For Take-Off". Philadelphia Daily News. And today, the Hooters are dropping an extraordinary calling card on the desks of radio programmers and record merchants nationwide – their own Columbia Records debut album, "Nervous Night."
  2. ^ Willistein, Paul (1985-04-12). "Philly's Hooters To Release Debut Columbia LP, Single". The Morning Call (Allentown, PA). The album is set to be in the stores May 6.
  3. ^
  4. ^ RS 449
  5. ^ a b Willistein, Paul (April 12, 1985). "Philly's Hooters release debut Columbia LP, single". The Morning Call. Allentown, Pennsylvania. p. D4. Archived from the original on November 23, 2018. Retrieved November 22, 2018 – via  
  6. ^ "Day By Day". Retrieved 2009-12-31.
  7. ^ "Hooters* – Nervous Night". Discogs. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  8. ^ "The Hooters – chart history". Retrieved June 29, 2016.

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