Help me understand Hall and Oates

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  1. smartsoul72

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    They came out in an era when white guys doing soul was new and different. You dont have to like it. Others have done it better.
    I think they had an OK run
     
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    So, to the OP, do any of the responses given help you to 'get' them or like them any better? I'm just curious...wondering how much others' attempts to educate might affect one's innate musical reflexes. And I don't believe musical taste is normally a reflection of character - although the aforementioned rap, metal & polka certainly could be...!
     
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    If you think "Man-Eater" is the most appealing Hall & Oates song, I got nothing to say.
     
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    they started off as a folk duo...and grew musically... and always had good taste in picking band members... and they can write..





    good arrangements... they get harmony...

    they kept reinventing themselves and not only survived through lots of upheavals.. they dominated...

    I saw them 3 times in the 70's and it was a great show (they had caleb quaye on lead at the time)

    no sin not to like an artist...
     
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    This doctored version cracks me up
     
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    in the 70s the were a soul band in the 80s a terrible pop band
     
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    You’re 40.

    It’s not for you/wasn’t for you.

    Just pass.

    I’m 55 and once I realized that ELO has only 1 or 2 songs with a couple parts I like ?*

    I never gave them a second thought.

    *I like the beginning of Telephone Line and the very end of Don’t Bring Me Down (cuz then it’s over :lol: )
     
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    As everybody mentioned, they started out doing backing vocals for Gamble and Huff, the Philly Soul producers. They have deep roots in that space where R-B and soul had jazzy chords, sort of like Willie Nelson, oddly enough. Or Todd Rundgren, another Philadelphian. They weren't afraid of the major seventh

    They morphed into an 80s pop band. I like Method of Modern love, despite the smoove and the cheese and I think there's a really well crafted song in there. Hall is a really good singer. T Bone Wolk was a fantastic bass player. A lot of the stuff is very hard to hear past the gated snares and the mullets, so I can certainly see the argument for hating them.

    One on one is good and "say it isn't so" also, IMHO, but again hard to hear through the smoove and the cheese

    You should feel no obligation whatsoever to like them
     
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    Before they were mega hit dudes they had an album entitled "Abandoned Luncheonette" which had the song "She's Gone". It was a good tune. Many referred to them as a "white soul" act.
    Daryl Hall has an incredible voice and is a decent songwriter IMO.
    Together they had 7 or 8 mainstream hits. It very pop and is not everyone's thing.

    I loved his series Daryl's House where he had diverse acts come and perform with him: Kenny Loggins, Billy Gibbons, The O'Jays, Booker T, etc.
     
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    Daryl’s hair!

    It’s a miracle.
     
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    I've watched this clip art least a dozen times over the last year or so, Elle King has some fun towards the end

    DH looks pretty good for 70+

     
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    Not everyone is going to like or understand everything. With that said, I think Jeff Southworth's guitar solo in "Kiss is on My List" is one of the best in any pop song.


     
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    Gotta love the Chuckster...
     
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    LOL! The last sentence says it all! I'm pretty eclectic in my musical tastes but I'd be the first to admit that there are some genres or performers that I just don't get or like. YMMV.
     
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    I like this version of "I Can't Go for That" by the Bird and the Bee:

     
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    I "get" them. Daryl Hall has serious soul vocal chops--period. Notice I didn't say "blue-eyed soul". Man's got a bona fide soul pedigree-- Ask Kenny Gamble. He's also a very good musician and writer. His vocal harmonies with John Oates are classic. In concert, they can go on for two hours and play nothing but hit after hit with songs left over. Usually, when one says they "don't get" a particular artist, it really means they don't like their music which otherwise seems to be popular with many others. That's okay. I don't get Bruce Springsteen, but that doesn't detract from his popularity or his rightful place in music history.
     
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    If you can't see the beauty in the songs others have already posted, I don't know what to tell you.
    They were very good, and well deserving of the accolades
     
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