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Hooks was a five-piece band that was dedicated to the simplicity that is the heart of rock and roll. Hooks began its musical odyssey in Hollywood in December 1978, when singer Sharon 7 teamed up with Youngman and drummer Quito Ecuador to record a demo of the Exciters' 1960s hit, "Tell Him". The results were a tremendous updating that featured the embryo of the sound that was to become the trademark of Hooks. Seeing that there was chemistry between the players, Sharon 7 suggested that Youngman and Ecuador move to New York. Keyboardist, J. Elliot joined them and after months of searching for a bass guitarist, Hooks found Lew Mazzeo.
Hooks single "Lipstick on Your Collar" and "Young and Boring" was produced by Roy Cicala and Sam Ginsberg of the Record Plant. Hooks were regulars on the N.Y.C. club scene playing clubs like CBGB's, Max's Kansas City and the Ritz. Hooks appeared live with Duran Duran, the Ramones, Iggy Pop, Adam & the Ants, Heartbreakers, David Johansen, King Crimson, The Beat, Sylvain Sylvain, Klaus Nomi, and others. Hooks was featured on a NBC Nightly News segment in 1982 that explored the phenomena of the Music Building on 8th avenue', in the heart of NYC Garment District. Madonna (entertainer) lived in the Music Building with her girlfriend, Camille from 1980 to 1982. In 1982, she recruited Youngman, Quito and Lou to create two original songs for her and back her up for a live performance on the Uncle Floyd Show. Youngman left Hooks in 1983 after disagreements with the record producers and returned to Detroit to complete his academic studies. In April 1983, he obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Wayne State University. A week after graduation, Jerome quickly returned to Hollywood and formed Too Many Gods.