One Way Home

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One Way Home
Studio album by The Hooters
Released July 1987
Recorded 1986-1987
Genre Rock
Length 42:45
Label Columbia
Producer Rick Chertoff, Eric Bazilian, Rob Hyman
The Hooters chronology
Nervous Night
(1985)Nervous Night1985
One Way Home
Zig Zag
(1989)Zig Zag1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[2]

One Way Home is the third studio album by American rock band The Hooters and was released in 1987. The album peaked at #27 on the Billboard 200 chart on August 29, 1987.[3]


After over two years of touring throughout the world, The Hooters picked up new instruments and ideas on their travels, creating an album that was a departure from their past work.

"Satellite" and "Johnny B" both charted at #61 on the Billboard Hot 100 when released as singles.

"Karla with a K" came about from simple jamming on the road through Louisiana. The song itself was inspired by an Irish street singer the band met in New Orleans. The song was released in the UK as a single and charted at #81.

Toward the middle of the song "One Way Home," a guitar riff from The Beatles' "Taxman" can be heard.

A different version of "Fightin' On The Same Side" was originally recorded on the band's 1983 independent label album Amore.

The music for "Washington's Day" was written by Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman when they were on tour, while producer Rick Chertoff and a longtime friend from Arista Records, Willie Nile, wrote the lyrics. This song is said to be Bob Dylan's favorite Hooters song {citation needed, badly}

In late 1987, The Hooters experienced their first major commercial success in Europe. After heavy airplay in the United Kingdom, "Satellite" became a hit single, reaching No. 22, with the band performing on the popular British television show Top of the Pops on December 3, where they would meet one of their musical idols, Paul McCartney.

The picture for the album cover was taken on a farm on Long Island, New York.


One Way Home achieved gold certification status, selling in excess of 500,000 copies in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Satellite" (Rob Hyman, Eric Bazilian, Rick Chertoff) - (4:19)
  2. "Karla With A K" (The Hooters) - (4:42)
  3. "Johnny B" (Rob Hyman, Eric Bazilian, Rick Chertoff) - (4:01)
  4. "Graveyard Waltz" (Rob Hyman, Eric Bazilian, Rick Chertoff) - (6:29)
  5. "Fightin' On The Same Side" (Rob Hyman, Eric Bazilian, Rick Chertoff) - (4:09)
  6. "One Way Home" (Rob Hyman, Eric Bazilian) - (5:56)
  7. "Washington's Day" (Rob Hyman, Eric Bazilian, Rick Chertoff, Willie Nile) - (5:52)
  8. "Hard Rockin Summer" (Rob Hyman, Eric Bazilian) - (3:03)
  9. "Engine 999" (Rob Hyman, Eric Bazilian, Rick Chertoff) - (4:11)




Year Chart Position
1987 Billboard 200 27


Year Song US Billboard Hot 100 US Mainstream Rock Tracks UK Singles Chart
1987 "Johnny B." 61 3 -
1987 "Satellite" 61 13 22
1988 "Karla with a K" - - 81