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Rob Hyman of The Hooters co-wrote "Time After Time" with Cyndi Lauper, and the band served as the studio musicians on her landmark debut album. The Hooters frequently play "Time After Time" in concert; Nadia Turner's arrangement of the song was quite similar to that of the band's signature ska-rock sound. Guitarist Eric Bazilian wrote Joan Osborne's 1996 smash, "One Of Us", and The Hooters have had a few hits of their own, notably 1985's "And We Danced" which remains popular on classic rock radio.
"One Of Us" might make for an interesting performance, notwithstanding the song's mildly controversial lyrics. By and large, though, The Hooters' best crafted songs are not widely known and more than a little bit quirky ("All You Zombies", "Satellite", "Karla With A K"), so we can't recommend them to a budding Idol contestant....
...or can we? The band remains very popular in their native Philadelphia, where auditions for AI7 were held. We can't help but wonder if a Philly-area contestant would be well served to establish a strong regional fanbase by choosing homegrown, nationally-known acts for their semifinal performances – Will Smith, Hall & Oates, Teddy Pendergrast, Pink, The O'Jays, Patti Labelle, etc. The same, of course, holds true for contestants from other big cities. A few Idols, notably Ruben Studdard and Jasmine Trias, have tried appealing to regional pride with great success, but they've done so symbolically rather than musically. Just don't overdo it – recall how old Studdard's "205" shirts and Trias's flower became after a couple of months.