Quotable: “Amore just drips with the raw talent and energy that only a band on the ‘verge’ can muster” – G.L. Raus, Amazon.com customer review
Blood from a Stone
Hanging on a Heartbeat
All You Zombies
Don’t Wanna Fight
Fightin’ on the Same Side
All You Zombies [live] (1981) –
Fightin’ on the Same Side (1982) --
Notes: A bootleg version of Amore adds bonus tracks, including “Wireless,” “Rescue Me,” “Man in the Street,” “Love & Indecision,” “Scared by Science,” and “Christmas Message 1983.” Also featured are alternate versions of “Fightin’ on the Same Side,” “All You Zombies,” “Concubine,” and “Hanging on a Heartbeat.”
An official 2001 CD release added two live covers: “The Beatles’ Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds from June 15, 1986 at A Conspiracy of Hope, a benefit concert on behalf of Amnesty International at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and The Skatalites’ Man in the Street, a live demo from the very first Hooters recording session in 1980, which was also the band’s first song to be heard on the radio” (Wikipedia.org).
“As a unique blend of new wave, rock, folk, and ska, The Hooters had an upbeat danceable sound which endeared them to their loyal hometown fans” (fritzb). The band “got their start with their independently released album Amore” (Wikipedia.org), “considered by many fans as some of their finest work” (fritzb). “The album became a cult favorite…selling over 100,000 copies” (Wikipedia.org), “primarily in their native Philadelphia region” (fritzb). Local radio station KMMR “supported this band like nobody’s business...and rightfully so” (Raus). “This gem…offers a early glimpse into the band that would produce the MTV hit ‘And We Danced’ and later take Europe by storm” (fritzb).
“The album features…many staples from their early club shows” (fritzb). Among the songs are “the original versions of four songs – All You Zombies, Hanging on a Heartbeat, Fightin’ on the Same Side and Blood from a Stone – which would reappear in different versions on later albums” (Wikipedia.org). However, the later versions “pale in comparison” (Raus).
“Other standouts include the title track…[and] Concubine” (fritzb).
Co-founders Eric Bazillian and Rob Hyman “knew they had something special going and they held nothing back in recording Amore. With John Lilly on lead guitar and Rob Miller on base, along with David U on drums, this was a great line-up. Definitely the heavy weight champ of the Philly bands around in the 80s” (Raus). “Amore just drips with the raw talent and energy that only a band on the ‘verge’ can muster” (Raus).