Thursday, July 25, 2013

"Kiss On My List" by Hall & Oates

#1 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  0470
Date:  01/24/1981
Debut:  69
Peak:  1 (3 weeks)
Weeks: 23
Genre:  Pop, Blue-Eyed Soul

Pop Bits:  When an album is released, typically the first or second single will be the biggest hit. Then further singles will lag behind. For Hall & Oates' LP "Voices," the rare opposite happened. They got off to a rocky start with the first single, "How Does It Feel to Be Back," petering out at #30. Then their remake of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" did better going to #12. But I doubt anyone expected the third single to really break through and sail to #1. The song became their fourth Top 10 hit and second #1 (their first was "Rich Girl" in 1977). As if this wasn't enough, the album still had gas in the tank and would end up producing another big hit.

ReduxReview:  Yes! Such a great song. Right from that repetitive staccato piano riff to the chorus, the song has you hooked. For me, this is really when Hall & Oates came alive. Why for pete's sake this ended up being the third single and not the first is just beyond me. How can you hear this and not think big hit? Amazing. Luckily it was released and it cemented their star status.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  Hall and Oates met when they found themselves taking cover in an elevator when a gang fight broke out at a band competition each were in (with separate bands). They discovered they both attended Temple University and had similar tastes in music. The two became roommates and eventually formed a duo called Whole Oates. After signing with Atlantic, they were credited as Daryl Hall & John Oates but their 1972 debut album ended up begin titled "Whole Oates."


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