The Hooters formed in 1980, taking their name from a nickname for an instrument. The melodica is prominently featured in some of their songs and videos, and the name has nothing to do with the restaurant chain (or anything that chain might be named after).
The group played shows in small clubs for years before breaking up and reforming with a slightly different line-up in 1983. They recorded their first album but did not reach the charts with any of the three singles they released.
The two remaining original members of the group (Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian) helped with the creation of Cyndi Lauper’s first album. They played various instruments (including the hooter!) and sang backup vocals and did some of the arrangement. As a result, the Hooters signed a contract with Columbia Records and began work on their second album, Nervous Night. That album included reworked versions of their first three singles and the release of the new version of All You Zombies got the group some attention. Their follow-up single, And We Danced, did even better, getting up to #21 on the pop chart and #3 on the Mainstream Rock chart in 1985. Videos followed for the singles and found their way onto MTV. The group also performed live at the Amnesty International concert.
Day By Day was the third single from the album and that release did slightly better. Over the next two years, they released two more albums and a stack of singles, but sales and airplay became a difficult challenge. The members did continue working in the music field together and separately for a few more decades.