Five reasons you should see Hall & Oates on tour

I’m not sure when it became ironic to dig Hall & Oates, but it bothers me deeply. Sure, I get that we’re all supposed to be so friggin’ cool by now that it’s impossible to love something without wrapping air quotes around it. But the blue-eyed soul duo’s awesomeness is so indisputable, it should be immune to winking snark. After all, these are the guys who wrote “Sara Smile”, “Maneater”, and one of the most perfect break-up tunes of all time, “She’s Gone”. There’s nothing guilty about the pleasure these songs bring the first, second, or hundredth time you hear them. And if you’ve never seen them performed live, do yourself a favor and check out the band’s current “Do What You Want, Be Who You Are” tour.

Still not convinced? Here’s five reasons you should see Hall & Oates live…

1. Because they’ll be wearing clothes a whole lot cooler than these:

2. Because Oates is…gasp!…going mustache-less these days.

3. Because there’s nothing comparable to the sound of a few thousand people trying to reproduce the hand-clap that comes 44 seconds into this song…

4. Because they’ll also be playing this…

5. Because when we recently saw them play the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Connecticut, Hall never once uttered the line, “Here’s one you may not know from our new album”.

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  • jen

    i gained a newfound appreciation of hall & oates from the bird and the bee’s album, “interpreting the masters volume 1: a tribute to daryl hall & john oates.” check it out, it’s absolutely fantastic!

    • Angie

      The Bird and the Bee’s album IS good, but nothing beats the originals. I’ve loved Hall & Oates for 20 plus years…guess I’ve been cool all these years without knowing it! Daryl’s voice is incredible.

      • Angie

        Geez, should have said 30 years…dang, I’m old.

      • susan

        Same with me Angie. I saw Hall & Oates back in 80’s in concert and they were fantastic. I’d love to see them again.

      • Hutchy

        I’m being completely serious, who are these people you speak of who dont like H+O? Everyone I’ve ever met thinks they are the jam. “I cant go for that” is one of the catchiest, funkiest songs ever. The bass hook, the keyboard, that little guitar riff, its pop perfection. Anyone who tries to be too cool for school and claim that H+O arent the Sh_t can take a one way ticket to the D-bag hall of fame.

      • steevonyc

        “Now IIIIIIIIIIII, oh IIIIIIIII, must agree with youuuuuuuu, Mr. Hutchy, ooooo-hoo-ooooo….” ‘I can’t go for that’ is such a freakin awesome song, for all the reasons you stated…

      • Angela

        This is getting a bit more sjbvectiue, but I much prefer the Zune Marketplace. The interface is colorful, has more flair, and some cool features like Mixview’ that let you quickly see related albums, songs, or other users related to what you’re listening to. Clicking on one of those will center on that item, and another set of neighbors will come into view, allowing you to navigate around exploring by similar artists, songs, or users. Speaking of users, the Zune Social is also great fun, letting you find others with shared tastes and becoming friends with them. You then can listen to a playlist created based on an amalgamation of what all your friends are listening to, which is also enjoyable. Those concerned with privacy will be relieved to know you can prevent the public from seeing your personal listening habits if you so choose.

  • Anne

    I’m not ashamed to say it, I LOVE their version of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.” And I was singing right along with “Kiss on my LIst” just the other day and having a blast. Long live Hall and Oates!

    • Thovi

      All of our music (ceremony included) was from mevois, television, and even a few from video games.Movie music is popular and familiar while often being instrumental and unobtrusive if there isn’t going to be a lot of dancing.Check out John Williams (composer), The American Film Institute’s lists, and ask your sister and her husband-to-be what some of their favorite mevois are and incorporate songs from those soundtracks.

  • Buffy Freak

    I know it’s cool to slam or mock H&O but I love them. They produced some amazing pop music and their harmonies are among the best in pop music history. Nothing wrong with music being nothing more than fun and catchy.

  • tvgirl48

    I’m 20 and I love Hall & Oates. Not ironically, not with a wink and a nudge, but with a genuine passion. Pop geniuses.

  • suze

    i tend to not like people as much once they diss hall & oates :)

  • Stephanie T.

    You Lost that Lovin’ Feeling was always one of the best covers despite the fact that their bridge copied a bit of Hang On Sloopy by The McCoys. I have seen Hall and Oates live and eventhough Daryl cannot sing the high notes like he used to, they are STILL amazing. AND Jimmy Fallon still keeps Johns mustache alive with his Extreme Mustache fighting sketch. :-) Shame on Jan Werner for not putting them into the RRHOF yet.

  • Winston

    That sequence was my favorite part of 500 Days, especially the Han Solo wink. That song was also used well on an SNL bit with Hall and Oates making their cases for Obama v McCain in the run up to the last election.

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  • BeaAnn

    Hall & Oates was my first concert ever when I was 15!! I had third row seats and made my way up to the stage and Oates touched my hand!!!

    • Onlythisonce

      They were my first concert, too! I was a freshman in high school. They were the openning act for ELO.

  • @msparksls

    Chris, I was at that show too, quite the gray-haired crowd, no? hehe. Not playing “one on one” kinda made us sad though

  • Josh

    Hall and Oates are bad ass and anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool. Private eyes is perfection.

  • bgl

    I have been a serious Hall & Oates fan since about 1982 and I am NOT ashamed of it. I Can’t Go For That is a song that was way ahead of its time. It was a jam then and it is a jam now. These guys are not slouches live either. I love them and am damned proud to say it.

  • Kris

    I saw Hall & Oates about 3 years ago and it was one of the best concerts I had seen in along time. They still sounded great, and the songs were so much fun to sing alot too…brought back alot of great memories!

  • Frank from

    Hall and Oates may have had a hard time assembling a fully-realized album, a serious liability in an era of album-oriented sales. Now that iTunes has ushered in a singles-oriented sales era, Hall and Oates look like geniuses. The fact is they’ve got more amazing singles that appeal to more types of listeners than practically anyone else in their genre. Bottom line, Hall and Oates rule.

    • Rich

      Actually you should really check out Private Eyes, the album. 9 songs, 30 minutes, great songs start to finish. Abandoned Lunchenette and Voices are also solid as well.

      But yeah, they were definitely a singles band first and foremost. Amazing how many classic songs they wrote in a roughly 10-year period.

    • Ahmed

      Hello, my impression is that you are wnating to have the iTunes folder on your computer (in the file browser) to appear organized and not within the iTunes interface itself.If that is the case then you may have to do a few more steps to get your folders into organized heaven.iTunes automatically organizes music based on the ID3 tags stored inside your music. These are things like Artist, Album and what-have-you. If your music came from the iTunes Music store, then this music should be already organized, however if your music has come from your private ripped music collection and you didn’t fill in this information or it was not able to be downloaded automatically from the Internet, then you are going to have to fill this in yourself. This can be true if you get your music from “other sources” and the people who ripped those didn’t do a great job in labelling the tags.Anyhow, how you fix this is to look in your library for songs that don’t have the Artist and Album information added. An easy way to do this is to create a Smart Playlist.Go to the File menu and select “New Smart Playlist…” then create a playlist with the following rules:”Artist” “is” “” (basically leave the text field empty to look for all Artists who’s name is blank.)Click the + to create another rule:”Album” “is” “” (to look for all Album who’s name is blank.)Change the conditions of the rule from “Match all of the following rules” to be “Match any of the following rules”.Leave Live updating checked and the other two unchecked.Click OK and name the Playlist “Songs to tag” or something like that.You will then have a Smart Playlist that lists all of your songs that need fixing. Just ignore the videos in your list if you don’t care about those.Now that you’ve identified the trouble songs, then next step is to fill in the ID tags.Click on the first song in your list and then from the File Menu do a Get Info. Fill in the correct Artist and Album information and when done that song, click the Next button below. Feel free to fill in any other information for the some such as year or track number that you know and assign a Genre. But the main ones are Name, Artist, and Album.You also will see a check box “Part of a compilation”. This means that your song is from a CD or collection that is a mixture of artists. An example would be a CD “Best of the 70 s” or a Movie Soundtrack this may include songs from various artists but are all from the same album. If this box is not checked you would find that you would have 10 or so “albums” with the same name all with just one or two songs in it. To get them all into the same album a check on this button will combine all the artists into one album.Once you’ve done all this and you have no more songs listed in your “Songs to tag” Smart Playlist, you should have a neat and tidy iTunes Music Library folder!Hope that helps, let me know if you need any more clarification.Cheers, SkipR.References :

      • Lucas

        This is a great This is a great song no doubt but an awfully esairrbmsang video. It is epic bad. Oates makes a fool of himself big time. How does he live with himself? Hall and Oates definitely look like a couple of sweethearts in this one, and not the flattering kind.

  • cv

    Saw them last year and they were wonderful. Go see them if you get a chance.

    • Silvana

      Flott film Jeg kunne valgt e5 legge ut musikkvideoen til Hall & Oates, men fant ut at det var bedre med klpepit fra filmen Tror jeg me5 se den igjen snart

  • BB

    Saw them last time they came to Montreal, and it was seriously one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. They really can’t be beat live! And c’mon, if we’re being really honest everyone knows the lyrics but heart to at least three H&O songs. At least!

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