Since bursting on the music scene ten years ago with her infectious “I’m Like a Bird,” Nelly Furtado has done it all. The super sexy superstar singer (say that three times fast) has sold over 20 million albums, earned several Grammy’s, owned the dance floor with her butt-thumping hits, and even displaced Hall & Oates as having the best song titled “Maneater.” In addition, she’s proving herself to be the best thing to ever come from Canada — perhaps with the exception of Rick Moranis. In any event, since Furtado has accomplished a ton in her ten years on the charts, she released a “Best Of” compilation which is available in standard and double-disc deluxe editions. Continue reading
“Two-headed monster” is what Daryl Hall and John Oates refer to themselves as, because it’s everything they’re not. Arguably the biggest music duo of all time have said they’re able to coexist and churn out hits and perform because essentially — they don’t drive each other crazy and let each other do their own thing.
Case in point last year alone — Oates released a solo album while Hall continued his highly successful web series “Live From Daryl’s House” (think Jon Favreau’s “Dinner with Friends” for the music crowd.) Still, the two found time to tour together as they always do. Arguably, the duo are just as renowned today as they were in the 1970s and Max Headroom decades. There’s no better example of this statement than the recent usage of their 1981 hit “You Make My Dreams Come True” in an instant classic dance sequence during the indie hit “500 Days of Summer.”
With sincere apologies to Simon & Garfunkel and to a far lesser degree Cagney & Lacey, Hall & Oates are the biggest duo of all time. The legendary musicians have a staggering arsenal of hits – from “Maneater” to “Private Eyes,” and have survived the 1980s virtually unscathed with the exception an occasional “Saturday Night Live” jab or perhaps that “Adult Education” music video. Getting serious, the two have been pop royalty since they met up in that 1970s, selling out venues for some four decades now.
On Oct. 13, the pair will release a box set entitled Do What You Want, Be What You Are, which is an impressive collection of the hit makers’ singles, rarities, and live tracks. The compilation comes on the heels of the duo’s scene stealing “appearance” in this summer’s hit dramedy 500 Days of Summer. Who could forget Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s choreographed dance number to “You Make My Dreams Come True” after he got lucky with Zooey Deschanel? No one.
I’ll admit that I’m a little biased. Not only do I dig Hall & Oates – always have ever since their “Maneater” and “Out of Touch” videos, but I’ve had the good fortune of meeting and sort of working with John Oates. That said, it should come as no surprise that the forthcoming release Daryl Hall & John Oates Live At the Troubadour , a DVD and Double CD combination being released Tuesday, is kickass. Continue reading