It’s arty, instead of cartoony like this guy’s “Weird Al” Yankovic tattoo. It’s subtle, unlike the full-back Adam Duritz tattoo. But still, there’s something a little unsettling about the new tattoo sported by Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy, which depicts Hall & Oates on each hand. More »
The likes of The Singing Office and the show where they lend babies to people have shown that the wellspring of creativity at this nation’s television stations is running even drier than usual these days, so anything that shows even the slightest flicker of inspiration is greatly appreciated. Which is why you should know that it’s OK to get excited by Primary Wave Music Publishing’s announcement that it’s shopping an animated program starring John Oates’ mustache.
BMI, catch up! I was praising “Lips Of An Angel” in 2006. 2006! A year and a half later, now you want to say Hinder’s anguished take on the temptations of an ex-lover’s vagina was 2007‘s song of the year? I know you’re basing this on airplay counts and such, but waiting till now to acknowledge this just makes you look behind on the times. Today it’s cooler to pretend you have no idea who Hinder is. Giving Polow Da Don Songwriter Of The Year is nice, though. And getting Hall & Oates up on stage for a set and a Lifetime Achievement Award is a good way to make hipsters, emo kids, and old folks equally happy. “Soul music is not about race,” said Hall. Fine, but what about “Maneater?”
Anyone who’s read their share of REM interviews knows the tale in which a young Michael Stipe buys Patti Smith’s Horses, plays it over and over while eating a bowl of cherries and decides “hey, I think I’ll find a record store clerk with a guitar and mumble over his arpeggios” before vomiting. It’s one of those anecdotes that helped establish the lineage of underground cool, along with the immortal adage “everyone who heard the Velvet Underground started a band.” Now Stipe has given a self-professed “exclusive” to Death and Taxes magazine, admitting that Horses wasn’t the only album he bought that day. “One of them was Hall & Oates, one of them was Foghat, Fool For the City.” Have a field day, popists!
We’re not sure what’s more unnerving: the idea of a mustache-less John Oates as a rancher in Colorado (“I’ve got llamas, emus, turkeys,” he told the SF Chronicle’s Aidin Vaziri a few days ago) or Oates and longtime vocal partner Daryl Hall becoming cogs in the Gym Class Heroes machine. More »
From the inbox: For every Daryl Hall and John Oates fan who grew up lip-synching one of their hits in front of the mirror, this is the chance to make their “Dreams Come True” by expressing their “Method of Modern Love” to the band by submitting a homemade video to the “I Can Go For That” contest… More »
This post comes with two caveats: 1) That the Hall & Oates/T.I./Amerie combo you’re about to see completely falls apart by the end, and 2) the “Hall & Oates is actually cool”… More »