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Charted: May 25, 1985

Rating: 4.011 (average of 12 ratings)

Genre: mainstream rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. And We Danced
  2. Day by Day
  3. All You Zombies
  4. Don’t Take My Car Out Tonight
  5. Nervous Night
  6. Hanging on a Heartbeat
  7. Where Do the Children Go
  8. South Ferry Road
  9. She Comes in Colors
  10. Blood from a Stone


sales in U.S. only 2 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 2 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 12
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • All You Zombies (5/11/85) #58 US, #11 AR
  • And We Danced (8/3/85) #21 US, #3 AR
  • Day by Day (12/14/85) #18 US, #3 AR
  • Where Do the Children Go? (4/5/86) #38 US, #34 AR

Nervous Night
“Often overlooked, the Hooters’ Nervous Night was a defining record not only for the band, but for 1985 itself. Filled to the brim with fun, danceable new wave-ish rock, the album is a wonderful representation of a lighthearted era. The peppy vocals of keyboardist Rob Hyman and guitarist Eric Bazilian give the band an assured, happy energy, while the sporadic use of the mandolin and melodica (a combination harmonica/keyboard) gives the group its distinctive sound” (Hopkin).

And We Danced and Day by Day became instant pop hits, but the remainder of Nervous Night is almost as strong. All You Zombies, which refers to stories in the Bible, is the band’s most powerful moment; along with Where Do the Children Go, the track showed that the Hooters could be serious and dramatic as well as upbeat” (Hopkin).

“Although the band wasn’t able to maintain its momentum with subsequent records, Nervous Night remains a noteworthy contribution to mid-‘80s rock and doesn’t sound quite as dated as the work of some of the band’s contemporaries” (Hopkin).

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Previous album: Amore (1983) Hooters’ DMDB page Next album: One Way Home (1987)

Last updated January 18, 2009.