Hall & Oates: 8 awesome moments

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In anticipation of Daryl Hall and John Oates' performance at the State Theatre tomorrow night, we tried to come up with a way to honor them.

As it turns out, that's pretty easy! Here are eight things you may have missed or been completely unaware of regarding the cool factor of Hall & Oates. This discussion precludes their music because, well, it's inarguably awesome and you should go listen to it.


Cameo on The Cleveland Show

While a spin-off of Family Guy, everyone's (least) favorite Simpsons refraction, certainly isn't cool, getting Daryl Hall to say "wiener factory" most definitely qualifies.




John Oates Is A Race Car Driver
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Yes, that's John Oates












In an interview with The Vintage Racer (?), Oates reflects on his heinous crash at Elkhart Lake in the 80s: 

TVR: What was the most disappointing or hardest moment of your [racing!] career?
 
John: My career ending crash at Elkart Lake driving the Pontiac Fiero GTU car. The transmission packed up in the middle of the kink and I ended up waking up in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.


They Paid Homage to Grandmaster Flash

With "Dance On Your Knees" the duo shout out "White Lines" in the only way they know how: being rad. Listen to that opening bass!
 


Hall & Oates vs. Jackson & McCartney

In October 1983, Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson released "Say Say Say," in retrospect an odd pairing considering how Jackson lorded McCartney's catalog over him for the duration of his life. The song is a vampy 80s ditty, unsurprisingly bland considering the ridiculously high profile of the collaboration.

Also released in 1983 was Hall & Oates' "Say It Isn't So," a march-step little chilly willy probably about breakups. 

The two songs had it out on the charts over the next few months, with "Say It Isn't So" rubbing right up against the victor: "Say Say Say."





Fred Armisen and Will Forte Spoof the Legends

Quick! What do the (arguably, of course) two funniest dudes on Saturday Night Live spoofing the two coolest dudes of the eighties equal? Four. Loco.




Robert Fripp of King Crimson Produced Daryl Hall's Solo Record

Daryl Hall's first solo record, Sacred Songs, had none other than the king of prog rock, Robert Fripp, behind the knobs, which his label RCA ended up being none too happy about. They refused to release it until 1980, three years after its completion. Here's some King Crimson, perhaps useful as a window into Hall and Fripp's time together, and as an answer to the question "what does prog sound like?"




Yacht Rock

Serving as a large chunk of the inspiration for this show would make me feel so good inside. Do you think they've seen it? They've seen it.




Good Taste In Women 

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​Daryl Hall's longtime girlfriend, Sara Allen, served as the inspiration for many of the group's songs ("Sara Smile") - and also helped co-write their most major record, Voices. When's the last time you thought to ask your significant other to help you go platinum?

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