The Hooters are one of the bands that have been playing their music since the 1980s and who are still very active and successful with their music. And the Hooters are one of the bands who make use of the mandolin in their songs. Eric Bazilian plays the mandolin or mandola, John Lilly plays mandolin too in some songs. The Hooters do also use the recorder, the accorion or the melodica in their songs.
Some of the songs by the Hooters are well known and very popular, like Johnny B., All you Zombies or Satellite.
There are some live videos from the 1980, but I haven’t discovered a video with the mandolin from that time. But in the videos from recent years I have found many examples of songs with one or two mandolins. In some videos Eric Bazilian plays a doubleneck instrument with electric mandolin and guitar.
Let’s start with the song Karla with a K which has a long introduction with mandolin and accordion:
The Hooters – “karla with a k”
Another famous song is Johnny B. which starts with a recorder melody: