Zig Zag (The Hooters album)

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Zig Zag
Studio album by The Hooters
Released October 26, 1989
Recorded 1989
Genre Rock
Length 38:40
Label Columbia
Producer Rick Chertoff, Eric Bazilian, Rob Hyman
The Hooters chronology
One Way Home
Zig Zag
Out of Body
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Zig Zag is the fourth studio album by American rock band The Hooters and was released in 1989.


With Zig Zag, The Hooters moved toward a more political and folk music direction, contrasting significantly with their previous light-hearted songs. On this album, the songs dealt with the death of a friend, the demise of vinyl records and intrusion of technology, homelessness, a tribute to their own friendship, and even Beijing's Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

One of the songs, "500 Miles", featuring folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary on background vocals, dated back to the American Civil War when it was called "Ruben's Train". Additional lyrics were written for the song by keyboard player Rob Hyman, guitarist Eric Bazilian and the album's producer, Rick Chertoff. These lyrics included a reference to Tank Man, or the Unknown Rebel, an anonymous man who became internationally famous when he was videotaped and photographed standing in front of Chinese military tanks and preventing their advance during the Tiananmen Square protests on June 5, 1989.

"Give The Music Back" dealt with the demise of Record Plant Studios, a famous recording studio in New York City, where The Hooters would be among the last musicians to record there before it closed down in 1988.

Zig Zag was the third and final album The Hooters released on Columbia Records.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Brother, Don't You Walk Away" (Rob Hyman, Eric Bazilian, Rick Chertoff) – (4:28)
  2. "Deliver Me" (Rob Hyman, Eric Bazilian) – (4:06)
  3. "500 Miles" (Hedy West, additional lyrics by Rob Hyman, Eric Bazilian, Rick Chertoff) – (4:25)
  4. "You Never Know Who Your Friends Are" (Rob Hyman, Eric Bazilian, Rick Chertoff) – (4:04)
  5. "Heaven Laughs" (Rob Hyman, Eric Bazilian, Rick Chertoff) – (4:19)
  6. "Don't Knock It 'Til You Try It" (Rob Hyman, Eric Bazilian) – (4:17)
  7. "Give The Music Back" (Rob Hyman, Eric Bazilian) – (5:15)
  8. "Always A Place" (Rob Hyman, Eric Bazilian) – (4:03)
  9. "Mr. Big Baboon" (Rob Hyman, Eric Bazilian, Rick Chertoff) – (3:54)
  10. "Beat Up Guitar" (Rob Hyman, Eric Bazilian) – (4:09)


The Hooters[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Peter, Paul and Mary: background vocals on "500 Miles"
  • Joel Dubay and Todd Haug: background vocals on "Don't Knock It 'Til You Try It"
  • Rick Chertoff: trumpet on "Don't Knock It 'Til You Try It"




Year Chart Position
1990 Billboard 200 115


Year Song Billboard Hot 100 Mainstream Rock Tracks
1989 "500 Miles" 97 20
1990 "Brother, Don't You Walk Away" 37