View :: Hall & Oates
September 26th 2011
Nick La Rosa
With the summer festival season a heartbeat away, it's almost too soon to be thinking about shows happening in February next year. But I'm a forward thinking woman, I can't help it. And I'm not just looking forward to any old gig; I'm holding out for the greatest pop duo of all time. Hall & Oates!
Though the pair don't receive too much airplay here at FBi, what with us being a new music station and all, I can assure you that at least five broadcasters lost their shit when this tour was announced. But perhaps only one of us is uncool enough to admit it. (Hey, I host the country show! I'm already an outlaw in the land of the terminally hip). For the uninitiated: Hall & Oates dominated the pop charts in the late seventies and early eighties with a delicious blend of harmony, soul and hook-laden genius. They had six US #1s ('Rich Girl', 'Kiss on My List', 'Private Eyes', 'I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)', 'Maneater', and 'Out of Touch') as well as countless songs in the Top 40. Amazing, yes?
Now you might think that writing hit after hit might be enough of an over-achievement for any musical act, but not so Hall & Oates. Let us now briefly consider the band's other enduring legacy: Gold Star Aesthetics. In his forty-odd years as a hair icon, Daryl Hall has sported more top-shelf variations of the mullet cut than any other pop star, past or present. And John Oates? He's only the owner of the World's Greatest Moustache.
With months and months to go before the duo take on the Sydney Entertainment Centre on February 8, here's a little YouTube guide I've put together for FBi listeners with a taste for nostalgia. See you on the dance floor.
'Rich Girl' (1976)
This is Hall & Oates' first chart-topper. A little bit of class consciousness, a lot of soul, a plea for men the world over to wear white blazers with soft pink t-shirts underneath.
'You Make My Dreams' (1981)
This song experienced a kind popular resurgence a few years back after the release of 500 Days Of Summer, a film I don't rate personally since it falls in my least favourite genre of all time: faux indie. Alas, I love this song, and anything that gets people listening to H&O is a good thing, right?
A word of warning: the only high quality version of this film clip on YouTube features Keyboard Cat.
'One On One' (1982)
A potent blend of basketball metaphors and sex, with added saxophone, 'One On One' is Daryl and John at their most sensual. Watch it, love it, then take a cold shower.
For more information on the Hall & Oates Australian tour, go here and for more strange nostalgic hero-worship from Emm