Grand Theft Auto: Vice City has a lot to answer for. Hearing Out Of Touch on that game’s soundtrack turned me onto Hall & Oates in a big way, but I only managed to get around to buying one of their albums on vinyl last year. I’m sure there’ll be more.
The subject of Hall & Oates often gets mined for comedic effect, and that’s fine; anybody who has cut that much of a wedge through the AOR genre is fair game. One of the funniest things I have ever read on Twitter, courtesy of New Zealander Mark Leggett, hits a fine line between the absurd and the just-about believable:
(Note – as Moo quite rightly pointed out to me, this joke has some – presumably innocent – similarity with a Big Train sketch from 1998.)
This record was a massive seller, spending four weeks at #1 in the USA. Their ‘70s output was a bit more wholesome but by this point in the early ‘80s, they’d refined their craft to the extent that they could churn out million-seller pop singles like Maneater with ease.
Hidden Gem: At Tension