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.