PopWatch Confessions: I love Hall & Oates

9438__hando_lIt’s time for our weekly meeting, people. Everyone grab a cup of coffee and a handful of M&Ms and let’s get started.

Okay, I’ll go first…

My name is Mickey and I love Hall & Oates.

(Hi, Mickey.)

Christmas 1982. My not-so-music-savvy mom buys my heavy-metal cousin Scott H2O, which he looks at and makes a face like he smelled something bad. It comes home with us, and, on a whim, I put it on the turntable. (Yes, I’m THAT old.) While Scott may have preferred headbanging to "Maneater," I was hooked on "yacht rock," as these kooky guys on Channel 101 call it. Two years later, they were my first concert (an extended, a capella version of "M-E-T-H-O-D-O-F-L-O-V-E, the method of modern love" is a particularly fond memory). A day doesn’t go by that "Rich Girl," "Sara Smile," or "I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)" doesn’t come around the iPod shuffle bend. "Private Eyes" has entered my karaoke repertoire (lots of jaunty hand claps), and if I ever make a movie, there will definitely be a scene scored to, um, "She’s Gone."

So with Michael Slezak out "sick" this morning, imagine my Diet Coke-fueled glee when I discovered that our friends at Stereogum have pointed me to the breathlessly titled "The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Daryl Hall and John Oates, Part I" (meaning there will be more!). Go. Read. Learn. Love.

Okay, PopWatch Confession over. Now, what’s your secret music shame? I’m looking at you, DeBarge fans… (Sorry, but I can’t go for that, no, no can do.)

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  • Melissa

    hilarious. I heard Method of Love on the radio this summer and have to say, I turned it up. An 80s gem. My guilty pleasure is Lionel Richie. I have his greatest hits, and I love most of them. “You Are” is the best!

  • jefito

    I can only assume your kind words are my gift for recently renewing my EW subscription.
    I blush with pride.

  • Paul Music Lover

    Anything by Ace of Base or the A*Teens.

  • Bobby

    I love Wilson Phillips. Don’t tell anyone.

  • kj

    rick astley rules!

  • JV

    How can you write a love note to H&O without mentioning “Your Kiss Is On My List”? I agree that “She’s Gone” is the best song in the H&O library, and “I Can’t Go For That” is a classic thanks to it’s bold use of maracs, “YKIOML” is pure H&O gold. Can Darryl Hall yearn any harder??? The answer is no.

  • EP Sato

    Was just having a guilty moment this morning as “Bust a Move” by Young MC blared out of my Mp3 player. Maybe it is better this way…
    My other guilty pleasure? Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam’s “I Wonder if I’ll take you home”.
    Finally, Justin Timberlake’s “Gonna Rock your body” would be a guilty pleausure, but I am too embarrassed to actually spend money on that track…

  • Thad

    Good talent can still win over today. Hall & Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Lionel Richie, Duran Duran. Give me more LISA LISA & THE CULT JAM!!!

  • Allison

    I am proud to be an admitted Hall & Oates fan and my favorite track is “Say It Isn’t So,” which reminds me of fall semester my freshman year of college (class of ’83 rules!). Fun times. But my all time favorite guilty pleasure artist has to be the Carpenters.

  • Ron

    Still love Olivia Newton-John

  • maria

    I agree with Rick Astley. Love him love him.
    But I’m obsessed and in love with Neil Diamond, and i’m 23 years old. So i may have bigger problems.

  • carla

    I’m still in love with my MMC tape, that i bought when i was 11. Anyone remember that? The “band” from the new Mickey Mouse Club.
    My older brother still rocks out his THE PARTY tape from time to time when i visit. Another Mickey Mouse Club “band”.
    Good times, good times.

  • Kat

    I can sing all the lyrics to every single Monkees song!

  • Christopher

    I think Hall & Oates’ “One on One” is still one of the most brilliant songs ever made. Off of “Out of Touch”, I am still a big fan of “Going Through The Motions”, a choppy workout for your stereo.
    As for guilty favorites… Exposé’s “Seasons Change” and Wilson Phillip’s “You Won’t See Me Cry” are up there (although Harold & Kumar made an excellent argument last year for “Hold On”)… as is “Blowing Kisses in the Wind” by Paula Abdul (!!!). The aforementioned El Debarge does a song called “All This Love” that I heard on Muzak for years before tracking down through pay-for-play music services this past year…
    I suppose my biggest guilty pleasure, the one that made my friends look sideways at me, is Michael Jackson. I can’t help it– “Remember the Time”, “Butterflies”, “Blame It On The Boogie”, and “Stranger in Moscow” are all brilliant, despite him giving me the willies when I look at him now.

  • Chris

    Guilty Pleasure: O-Town
    Wow, that hurt just as much as I thought it would!

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