Help me understand Hall and Oates

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  1. OldPup

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    Hall and Oates fans, tell me why I should care about this band. "Man-eater" is their most appealing song to me, and... that ain't saying really much. Please explain what I am missing. Before all the hatin' starts, I can fully accept that my inability to love what these guys did is all a matter of my tastes, and is a poor reflection on my character. l just don't get it.
     
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    If it’s not your thing then my taste probably won’t convince you to care.
     
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    Don't worry about music u don't like.
     
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    I like “Rich Girl” and heard Daryl Hall say the song was actually about a guy but “Rich Guy” didn’t sound as good.

    I also like the bluesy “Sarah Smile” especially the version sung by Rummer who sounds like Karen Carpenter.

    Love all the Daryl’s House shows as well. That was a great series.

    OP, it’s okay if you don’t get it. I don’t know anyone who could convince me to like the K-pop music my daughters love so much. The songs are in Korean and they don’t speak the language!
     
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    G.E. Smith was their lead guitarist for many years, so there's that.
     
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    Forget Maneater... that was way into their MTV pop career.

    Way before that, you had some good blue-eyed soul... for whatever that's worth.




    And then at times... flashes of complete brilliance... This song is a complete knock out in my opinion.



    I don't know how true it is, but there are stories of them attempting to keep their race/skin color a secret early on in their radio career. Apparently they were getting radio play on RB/Soul stations, and they claim that listeners assumed they were black. They were concerned that if listeners found out they were white, they'd stop listening.

    Again, I don't know if that's true. But you have to consider the times.
     
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    Their roots were firmly in Philadelphia soul music, so if you're not into that sort of thing you probably wouldn't be a fan. Some of their stuff I really liked, some of it not so much, and way too much of it has been overplayed to death on the radio over the last 40+ years.
     
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    Well crafted pop songs that chicks like, nothing wrong with that.
     
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    you should care because they wrote music that people liked, musicians respected, and crossed racial lines

    the radio dial was less fragmented and angry then
     
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    Their only song that I liked...:oops:

     
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    I don't know, but I like Live from Daryl's House (even when this was at Todd's house in Hawaii)

     
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    I think they were the definitive Blue Eyed Soul band/duo.
    Their songs were clever, memorable and very well written.
    Their late bass player/harmony singer, T Bone Wolk was brilliant.
    Great stuff, IMO!
     
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    My ex took me to a H&O show about 5 yrs ago. I thought ok, I can handle it, have a couple drinks & relax.

    I knew every damn song they played. That's pretty impressive even if it wasn't my bag.

    ...then there's that GE Smith connection. That man is a humble badass too.
     
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    Great melodies - great musicians - what’s not to like? Just listen to the music of ‘You make My Dreams Come True’ especially the rhythm section. Some magic happening there. Or whatever, doesn’t matter.
    For my part, I like to make a puzzle of music ‘I don’t get’. I’ve been turned on to much music that way. But, sometimes I just don’t get it.
     
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    When T-Bone and GE were running the SNL band together... man, that was some good stuff. I remember them doing "(Them) Changes" a la Hendrix/Buddy Miles... and it was flat out funky.
     
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    Here's an acoustic gem ...



    And here's one with humor, insights and a tele (performance starts at 2:10) ...




    But if it's not your cup of tea, that's okay too.
     
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    have you ever seen them live? When you know every song they do in concert that says somthing
     
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    I like Daryl's Tele...
     
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    I don't get them either, but my wife loves their stuff. When we had Netflix, she made me wade through a couple years of the Daryl's House series. I don't even recognize any of their songs, so I must have been listening to a different radio station back in the day. Some great musicians in house and guests on D's H, but very few songs I like, even ones by the guests. Wrong genre for me. If it is considered pop, then that would be the reason I don't like them.
     
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