Tue. Sep. 28, 2021

Daryl Hall & John Oates – I Can’t Go For That

Classics: Daryl Hall & John Oates – I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (RCA)

A guitarist, John Oates wrote many of the pair’s classics such as ‘Sara Smile’. But also ‘Maneater’ and ‘I Don’t Wanna Loose You’ among others. From their 1981 ‘Private Eyes’ album, this jam which has inspired Michael Jackson‘s ‘Billie Jean’ rhythm pattern is their biggest classic ever at the end.

Eventually, ‘I Can’t Go For That’ found extra echo. This with De La Soul sampling it on ‘Say No Go’

Darryl Hall admitted writing ‘I Can’t Go For That’ in a hotel room… It is reputedly the demo version they recorded back then from a Korg keyboard over a Roland CR-78 drum box, which we can find here. As the rumor says they’ve been unable to recreate a better vibe in the studio…

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Hall & Oates are an musical pair from Philadelphia, PA. Daryl Hall is generally the lead vocalist. Meanwhile John Oates primarily plays electric guitar and provides backing vocals. The two wrote most of the songs they perform, either separately or in collaboration. They reached their peak from the late 70’s to the mid-80’s delivering a blend of Rock and Rhythm and Blues vibes.

Hall & Oates are the third best-selling music duo of all time. They are best known for their six #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. From ‘Rich Girl’ to ‘Kiss On My List’, ‘Private Eyes’, ‘Maneater’ and ‘Out Of Touch’.

The second single from their 1981 ‘Private Eyes’ album, ‘I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)’ got Hall & Oates as well to the #1 position in the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs. Its conception/appraoch in a quite unusual way most likely explains its particular sounding. With Hall playing its bassline on a Korg organ which their sound engineer recorded instantly.

Speaking of its theme, John Oates explained that, unlike many people may think, the song isn’t about relationship. But about the way music business worked already at the time. With artists being told what to do although without being really surrounded by label managers.

Countless artists sampled it. From De La Soul (on ‘Say No Go’) to Heavy D. But also Stereo MC’s and Simply Red to name but a few.

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