Songs of the Weekend: The Hooters
Published: June 15, 2012 11:50AM
Updated: June 15, 2012 11:52AM

Some of my favorite songs are guilty pleasures, which really shouldn't be guilty because life is too short to think about how uncool you might be simply because a pop hook sinks its teeth into you. It's that way with "Call Me Maybe" and "Party in the U.S.A.," and it is that way with the Hooters.

No, it is not that Hooters. The Hooters I am referring to are rock musicians from Philly who had a string of hits in the 1980s, such as "All You Zombies," "Day by Day," "And We Danced," and "Where Do the Children Go." The two leaders, Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman, got a big break when asked to write, arrange and play on the debut album of Cyndi Lauper, "She's So Unusual." In addition, Hyman co-wrote the song "Time After Time," which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Song.

After the 80s success, Bazilian wrote and produced Joan Osborne's debut album "Relish," eventually nominated for six Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year for "One of Us." Hyman also worked with Joan Osborne and eventually with Ricky Martin..

Here are my three favorite Hooters songs — I own the band's greatest hits, so this was a tough decision — and you should all just enjoy them for the sheer pop pleasure this weekend: with studio version: