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Charted: December 2, 1989

Rating: 3.783 (average of 9 ratings)

Genre: mainstream rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Brother, Don’t You Walk Away
  2. Deliver Me
  3. 500 Miles
  4. You Never Know Who Your Friends Are
  5. Heaven Laughs
  6. Don’t Knock It ‘Til You Try It
  7. Give the Music Back
  8. Always a Place
  9. Mr. Big Baboon
  10. Beat Up Guitar


sales in U.S. only --
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 --


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 115
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • 500 Miles (11/11/89) #97 US, #20 AR
  • Brother, Don’t You Walk Away (1/27/90) #37 AR

Zig Zag
“This release shows the Hooters trying to modernize their sound from the over-romantic power pop of their previous efforts (e.g., ‘And We Danced’): a little more dirt, a little less gloss, a little more personal expression. The songwriting has gotten better in places here as well, still delivering infectious pop hooks with more sophisticated lyrics particularly on songs like Brother, Don’t You Walk Away, You Never Know Who Your Friends Are, and Deliver Me” (Allender).

“They do go over the top with the heavy metal ballads so popular in the late ‘80s; Always a Place and Give the Music Back reek of over-sentimentality. And Mr. Big Baboon has got to be one of the most stupid songs to come out of 1989” (Allender).

“The white reggae version of 500 Miles featuring Peter, Paul, and Mary – a very uncharacteristic Hooters tune – alone makes the record worthwhile, however. They still show off their non-traditional auxiliary instrumentation in places: mandolin, accordion, harmonium, this time with a little more class” (Allender).

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Previous album: One Way Home (1987) Hooters’ DMDB page Next album: Out of Body (1993)

Last updated January 18, 2009.