Hall & Oates have always been cool, really, but Philly's blue-eyed soul duo is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance as of late, with the Gym Class Heroes naming one of their treks the "Daryl Hall For President Tour"; Daryl Hall getting artists like KT Tunstall, Chromeo, Diane Birch, and the Gym Class Heroes' Travis McCoy to guest on his online music/talk show, Live From Daryl's House
; and Koot Hoomi and Robert Lurie paying homage to the duo on their tribute disc, The Dark Side Of Hall & Oates
Another act that worships at the pop altar of H&O is the Bird & The Bee (the indie-pop duo of singer-songstress Inara George and Ke$ha/Lily Allen/Flaming Lips/Kylie/Peaches producer Greg Kurstin), who in fact love the '70s/'80s yacht-rockers so much, they've recorded their own full album of H&O covers, Interpreting The Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall & John Oates
B&B recently brought their H&O tribute to Los Angeles's sold-out El Rey Theater, and they made fans' dreams come true for sure. Inara was rocking a seriously skintight spandex frock and some awesome '80s dance moves despite being nearly eight months pregnant (unable to strap her usual bass guitar over her prominently protruding belly, she employed Beck bassist extraordinaire Justin Meldal-Johnsen). Justin's appearance was cool enough, but the best cameo came when Daryl Hall's better half, John Oates himself, emerged from the stage wings (sans 'stache, but still exciting) to join Inara and Greg on "She's Gone," "Maneater," and "I Can't Go For That."
"I really needed a dose of feelgood tonight," the smiling Oates told the ecstatic audience, referring to his sadness over the recent passing of longtime Hall & Oates bassist T-Bone Wolk (to whom Inara dedicated the entire show). And that feelgood feeling emanated throughout the El Rey as John jammed with the Bird & The Bee on H&O's classic hits.
The tracklisting for Interpreting The Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall & John Oates, out March 23, is as follows:
"Heard It On The Radio" (an H&O-inspired original)
"I Can't Go For That"
"Kiss On My List"
"One On One"
And here is a clip of the Bird & The Bee discussing their background and other musical influences. Watch and enjoy, and soon B&B's kiss will be on your list:
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