I Can Go For That (Yes Can Do)

Let’s talk about guilty pleasures.  You know what I’m talking about.  Those artists on your ipod that you need the built-in excuses to explain away when busted by friends and family who want to know why in the world you would possibly have their music in your collection.

Well, let me just say that we could all admit to a few of these without shame every once in a while.  And, I’ll just say here for the record that a little Hall & Oates never hurt anyone.

Tell me that you would turn down the volume on Maneater, or I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do), or You Make My Dreams.  No chance.  The latter of those songs, by the way, was featured brilliantly in the recently released movie, (500) Days of Summer

And now all of these and many, many more are available as part of the comprehensive Hall & Oates box set, Do What You Want, Be What You Are:The Music of Daryl Hall & John Oates, available tomorrow.

Daryl Hall and John Oates

Daryl Hall and John Oates

This duo, by all measures the most successful in rock history, rarely play or record together anymore. 

Fanatics can get their fix of Hall with Live from Daryl’s House, a “monthly Internet webcast featuring him playing along with some of his friends and colleagues in an intimate setting.”  It’s actually a pretty brilliant idea for an artist with the means to work around today’s music industry.

And Oates, living far from his east coast roots, is still very much involved in music (as his official website proves) from the comforts of his home in Colorado.

For the rest of us, a little does go a long way.  But a box set does seem like a worthy match for these guys and appears to be long overdue. 

Naturally, both Hall and Oates have been working the press circuit in conjunction with the release and a couple of the best features can be found at Billboard (Oates: “I think for the casual fan it’s going to be eye-opening in terms of the depth and the interesting material they probably know us from”) and CNN.com (Hall: “We were just putting together the sounds that were around us and trying to put our version of it together”).

Don’t expect too many posts in the future regarding 80’s pop icons, but sometimes the truth hurts.  And the truth is, every music collection needs those handclaps in Private Eyes and the “bliss” of Kiss On My List.  Just don’t admit it too loudly.

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~ by acm213 on October 12, 2009.

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