In their prime, Daryl Hall and John Oates were a pop-music punch line, enormous stars on radio and MTV, yet as critically uncool as they come. Maneater, Private Eyes, Kiss On My List and Out of Touch all hit No. 1, but were no one's idea of cutting edge.
But a funny thing has happened this millennium: Everyone realized cheesy pop music could actually, secretly, be great. Hall and Oates' songs ended up everywhere — in ads, in films, on TV and at major music festivals. They made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 — alongside Nirvana and Peter Gabriel — and have gone from headlining theaters to venues like Tampa's Amalie Arena, which they'll play alongside Train on June 22 (click here for details).
"The crowd gets younger and younger and younger, and I love it," Hall said. "We've managed to communicate and click with, I'd say, three younger generations than the one that I started with. So that's very, very gratifying."
"I just can't believe that it's actually happening," Oates said. "The fact that these songs have stood the test of time and now are resonating with an entirely new generation is just a miracle.
For more of our interview with Hall and Oates, click here.
— Jay Cridlin