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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pearlman: The Quaz Q&A: Doug Glanville

Terrific interview with Glanville…until all of this. And that’s what hurts.

JEFF PEARLMAN: Doug, you’re a University of Pennsylvania graduate who spent nine years in the major leagues. You’ve had a successful post-athletic career as a columnist, commentator and rest estate developer. So please help me make the case why Daryl Hall and John Oates belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Oh, and how do you explain your love of all things H&O?

DOUG GLANVILLE: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is making a big mistake here. H&O were pioneers of creating music for everyone. They have an unquestionable ability to transcend genre, race, creed, religion, and every other element that divides our world. Maybe in a way, it is a compliment because calling them “Rock and Roll” would be too narrow of a description. But in answering your question, I would argue that they have also done a tremendous amount for Rock and Roll in their ability to distill it in a way that is accessible to all people. That is their greatest gift.

• 10 Greatest Hall and Oates songs of all time: The Sky is Falling (Marigold Sky was a sleeper of an album. This track made the most of how they blend music); Out of Touch (I practically burned a hole in the vinyl with Dance on Your Knees and this song. Loved the video); Sara Smile (Nothing to say. Musical perfection); She’s Gone (If you want to understand Hall and Oates, this is the song. Harmony, timing, balance); No Can Do (So well produced that it will sound like a new release in 2057); Crazy Eyes (I love this song. John Oates shows his skills. Raw and straight to the point); Intuition (This is a great fusion between the old doo-wop and the new. Genius); Adult Education (Yes, drum machines and blaring modern production. I ate this song up like syrup); Do What You Want, Be What You Are (Soul soul soul. You don’t need music for this song); Kiss on my List (The song that started my obsession); Melody for a Memory; Nothing At All; Looking for a Good Sign; Emptyness; Love Hurts (Love Heals).

Repoz Posted: September 27, 2012 at 05:04 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. bob gee Posted: September 27, 2012 at 07:37 AM (#4246933)
what are people's favorite lesser known hall and oates songs? i'd say (i'm glad they ementioned) looking for a good sign or head above water.

their earlier soul stuff - which i'm not personally a fan of - was underappreciated. i thought hall & oates would have gotten more recognition since they had success on their own, direct success for others (everytime you go away, say no go), and are cited by a slew of today's artists (gym class heroes being one of many).


i hope glanville keeps writing for the times for a long time, his articles are much better than either the normal jock stuff or the normal idiot sports writing idiots.
   2. BochysFingers Posted: September 27, 2012 at 08:09 AM (#4246940)
Downtown Life
   3. Belfry Bob Posted: September 27, 2012 at 08:33 AM (#4246956)
If Tower of Power isn't in, those guys aren't in.
   4. vortex of dissipation Posted: September 27, 2012 at 08:34 AM (#4246957)
"Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Heart?"
   5. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: September 27, 2012 at 08:42 AM (#4246963)
How does Glanville not mention "Fall In Philadelphia"? What a traitor.

I'm no expert, but my favorite H&O song is "Method Of Modern Love".
   6. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: September 27, 2012 at 10:27 AM (#4247048)
If Tower of Power isn't in, those guys aren't in.

I love you, man!
   7. Greg K Posted: September 27, 2012 at 10:34 AM (#4247055)
I don't know their music that well, but Hall and Oates should be lauded for their charity work in impoverished UK communities.

Link
   8. JRVJ Posted: September 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM (#4247116)
I'm a BIG fan of H & O, as attested by my ITunes library, which has 25 songs by them.

The most played one is Out of Touch (played 258 times), followed by How does it feel to be back (89), You've lost that lovin' feelin' (82), So Close (76) and She's Gone (60).

Fall in Philly is a song I only heard within the last year, but which I have liked enormously (44 plays already).

Will check some of the songs listed above, as I may have them on my play list and simply not remember their names.

H & O are the type of artists that will eventually be "re-discovered" and will be appreciated by future generations for the shere amount of great work that they did.

P.S. As an aside, about a year ago I started sampling Foreigner's albums, and was very impressed. There's a ton of songs there that I was unawasre of which are A+.
   9. JRVJ Posted: September 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM (#4247118)
A general comment about Glanville.

He seems like the type of guy who you would love to talk to for a couple of hours. Even if you don't agree with his points of view, that must be a fun conversation.

Sort of like Joe Pos.
   10. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: September 27, 2012 at 02:09 PM (#4247303)
Glanville has always struck me as an intelligent, articulate guy. I love reading his stuff, even when I think he's off base.

As for H&O, I was never nuts about them, but Out of Touch and Kiss On My List were big faves of mine in high school.

Interesting comment about Foreigner. Mentally I tend to think of them as just another 70s band, but when I actually go back and listen to them, they do have a lot of good stuff.
   11. JRVJ Posted: September 27, 2012 at 02:21 PM (#4247317)
Well, evidently I like that type of music, so I am fertile ground for old Foreigner.

But Girl on the Moon, Luanne or Break it Up (all from 4) are great songs, to just give you one album. And since none of those were on the greatest hits that I had access to when I was a younger man (late 80s/early 90s), I was unaware of them until getting that album (plus Head Games and Inside Information) dirt cheap on Amazon.
   12. Greg Schuler Posted: September 27, 2012 at 05:14 PM (#4247523)
Wait, I thought it was Holland Oates, that's his name, just one dude. You mean there are two dudes?

Favorite Hall and Oates? Has to be this appearance.

Although, for some reason, Darryl seems a bit creepy on his Palladia show.
   13. Walt Davis Posted: September 27, 2012 at 06:11 PM (#4247590)
I practically burned a hole in the vinyl with Dance on Your Knees
(Yes, drum machines and blaring modern production. I ate this song up like syrup)

I'm starting to think Doug's gay. Or maybe he just has really bad taste in music. :-)
   14. Lassus Posted: September 27, 2012 at 07:10 PM (#4247616)
Where in the HELL is "Say it isn't So"? What on earth is wrong with you people?

Also, Foreigner is terrible.
   15. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: September 27, 2012 at 08:23 PM (#4247660)
I really like Daryl Hall's weird 70's collaborations with Robert Fripp - he sounds great on stuff like "North Star."
   16. Gonfalon B. Posted: September 27, 2012 at 08:36 PM (#4247666)
If Tower of Power isn't in, those guys aren't in.

You can't fight the anti-steroids vote.

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