The Hooters performing Karla with a K, live in Atlantic City, 2016.
I always loved this song – so it was great to see them perform it live, and hear the little snippet of story of how it got its name. It was released when I was a student, and I listened to it a lot. It was released as a single in the UK – so it had a video, and got lots of airplay. It is off the One way Home album from 1987 (i think that’s the year).
The Hooters are an American rock band from Philadelphia. They combined elements of rock, reggae, ska, and folk music to create their sound. The Hooters first gained major commercial success in the United States in the mid-1980s due to heavy radio airplay and MTV rotation of several songs including “All You Zombies”, “Day by Day”, “And We Danced” and “Where Do the Children Go”. They opened the Philadelphia portion of the Live Aid benefit concert in 1985.
During the late 1980s and 1990s, The Hooters found significant commercial success internationally, especially in Europe, where they played at The Wall Concert in Berlin in 1990, before they went on hiatus in 1995.
Since reuniting in 2001, The Hooters have staged successful tours in Europe and 2007 saw the release of their first album of new material since 1993, Time Stand Still.