With 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.