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'I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)' and Other Hits

It's not all Metal in my world.

I'm thinking Hall & Oates might be the epitome of all things 80s rock and yet we never talk about them here. The songs are insanely catchy and the videos are hysterical. I just happened to hear "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" in a store over the weekend and I just had to watch the video.

The video is like a Saturday Night Live skit. While Hall & Oates are definitely pop rock, the very fact that they churned out videos like champs all through the 80s earns them a spot here on this website. Oh and my mom listened to "Private Eyes" nonstop when I was a kid, so I'm pretty sure Hall & Oates are in my DNA. Too bad I can't ever remember which one is Hall and which is Oates.

Enjoy your Labor Day, fellow Americans! While I continue to work on my house this long weekend, I'll be jamming to - you guessed it - Hall & Oates. Some of my favorites are below.

"I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)"

"Private Eyes"

"She's Gone"

Fact: this is one of the most played songs on my iPod. I have no idea why.

Did you know that Hanoi Rocks covered Hall & Oates? They did. Here's "Winged Bull"

Reader Comments (4)

Waiting for the flaming to begin...


September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJT
Daryl Hall is the color of paste. John Oates usually has a porn moustache.
September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSean

I can't believe we are talking about Hall & Oates on here!

But, alas, though Metalboy! may have a Metal Heart (check the album cover of Accept's album, "Metal Heart" to see what it looks like), I must admit a warm spot in it for two Hall & Oates tunes, "Sarah Smile" and the even better, "She's Gone".

As if it wasn't bad enuff admitting my guilty pleasure appreciation for Siren, "All Is Forgiven"!

Okay, I admit it...

I like Hall & Oates.

Duz this mean that dude over at Metalsucks will be posting on the redeeming qualities of Barry Manilow?

Are you sure this site hasn't been commandeered by the RNC?

What is happening to this country?!

As if things aren't bad enuff, now I have to admit I like Hall & Oates?!

M-m-must get away from K-k-k-kryptonite! A-a-a-r-g-h!

Are we sure it's not April Fool's Day, not Labor Day?

Did this site somehow get crosswired with that other site, "Save FM-Lite!"

Okay, okay, I'm getting over it and almost over myself, although that will almost certainly never completely happen.

Unfortunately, though, the truth is Hall & Oates pretty much lost the plot almost immediately after getting off to such a classic start with their immortal second album, 1973's "Abandoned Luncheonette", which the uber classic, "She's Gone".

But they did it again with their other classic, "Sara Smile", which was actually from an earlier album.

Hall and Oate's genre of Rock'n'Roll is often referred to as Blue Eyed Soul. Bowie also had a Blue Eyed Soul hit with "Young Americans" and so did Todd Rundgren with "We Gotta Get You A Woman". Of course there are others by others, as well.

"She's Gone" and "Sara Smile" will go down in Rock'n'Roll History as some of the greatest ever. In fact, they transcend it. They are some of the greatest songs ever, period.

Too bad for many of you, Iron Maiden can't make that claim.

Plus, I dare say Iron Maiden is more UNROCK than Hall & Oates just on the sheer basis of the massive superiority in songwriting displayed in those two H&O songs alone. Unfortunately, I can't defend virtually all the rest of H&O's stuff, as they just sold themselves out more and more into oblivion, as witnessed by the other above videos Al's put up on here.

Look, I think I figured out a way to bring this whole thing back around...

Imagine if Warrant had covered "She's Gone" or "Sara Smile".

That would have been killer!
September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I do LOVE THE 80'S, and Hall & Oates happen to be a major staple of the 80' s !
September 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDamnp78

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