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Daryl Hall & John Oates – Kiss On My List (RCA)

Classics: Daryl Hall & John Oates – Kiss On My List (RCA)

What makes Hall & Oates so particular is their ability to have come up with a unique blend of influences, from Rock to Soul, Rhythm & Blues and Electronic inherited from the New Wave.

They gave another brilliant illustration to this back in 1981 with the soft Rock / Blue-Eyed Soul ‘Kiss On My List’. The third single from their ‘Voices’ album released the year before, it got them for the second time to top the Billboard Hot 100.

Strangely enough, ‘Kiss On My List’ was initially meant to be recorded by Janna Allen who co-wrote it. But the production team liked the demo so much that they decided to leave it the way it was. And the rest is history!

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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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