Doug: Back around the 4th of July, my wife and I were at a festival up in the western suburbs. There was a nice line-up of "garage bands" on one of the stages. One group of youngsters was specializing in music from the 80s and 90s (you know -- oldies) and went through a fun rendition of "You Make My Dreams Come True" by Hall & Oates. I've had this post on my mind since, so I'm finally getting around to it. Obviously these guys were pop juggernauts in the 1980s, but that's not the sort of sound they started with in the 70s. Nope -- back then they were more soulful. In fact, I'd like to entertain your thoughts on the likes of Al Green singing "Sara Smile", or Al Wilson or Lou Rawls on "She's Gone"? But in the bigger picture, I want your general feelings on this duo and their place in 80s history, music history, whatever. Shoot, if all you want to talk about is the series Live at Daryl's House that airs on Palladia, we can go there, too.
PS: True story -- John Oates married a local girl. I think they reside in Aspen, Colorado now. However, he was in the area about three weeks ago and our local paper ran a couple of pics of him sitting on a corn rack on his in-laws' farm. "Big rock star hits the small town" -- that sort of thing.