Hall and Oates #atozchallenge


HWith apologies to Nirvana fans, the rock’n’soul, doo-wop inflected sound of Daryl Hall and John Oates is right up my street and through the front door! It’s my desert island music.

From the smooth groove of I Can’t Go For That to the tight rock of You Make My Dreams; they can do perfect pop like Family Man and Out Of Touch and then hit you with a heart-breaking ballad in She’s Gone: I just love these guys.

They’re also a great live act. I had the privilege of seeing them up close at the old Town and Country in Kentish Town back in 1990 after the release of of their brilliant Change Of Season album. My BFF Audrey David came along and it was sensational: a truly unforgettable gig. At the end of the night, we pushed to the front for the encore. Daryl Hall reached out to high-five the fans and I shook his sweaty hand. After they left the stage and the lights went up, I made Audrey wait just in case they came back for one more. They didn’t oblige but I managed to grab the set list from the stage as a precious souvenir.

Here’s an electrifying performance of one of their most soulful tunes. “Do what you want to do, be what you are”. Amen to that.

Kraitt out.


Author: Rob Kraitt

Rob Kraitt and writing partner, the irrepressible Ashley Pannell (creator of the successful video game franchise NAUGHTY BEAR) are possibly the greatest screenwriting partnership never to be produced! Their fairy tale extravaganza BEANSTALK went as far as Tim Burton - but not quite far enough! - and their madcap musical ME AND MY FROG was a winner in the now defunct UK Film Council's 25 Words Or Less Competition. Unfortunately for cinema goers everywhere, these and many other amazing movies never saw the light of a cinema projector. Rob is now an agent at Casarotto Ramsay and Associates Limited in London, representing writing and directing talent; and selling books for film & television adaptation. He has also served on the board of the Film Agency for Wales and participated on panels and masterclasses for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain and the International Screenwriter’s Festival amongst others. He was also part of the BFI’s delegation to Shanghai and Beijing in 2015. Rob started his career as a script editor and consultant for many top film production companies in the UK including Working Title, Focus, Pathé Productions, Miramax and Ruby Films as well as the European Media Development Agency.

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