Saturday, March 1, 2014

"Private Eyes" by Daryl Hall & John Oates

#1 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  0729
Date:  08/29/1981
Debut:  68
Peak:  1 (2 weeks)
Weeks:  23
Genre:  Pop, New Wave

Pop Bits:  After a slow build, H&O's 1980 album "Voices" became their first platinum success thanks to four Top 30 singles including the #1 "Kiss on My List." The duo recorded their next LP and had it ready while "Voices" was still riding high on the chart. This first title-track single from the new album quickly followed-up the #5 "You Make My Dreams" and it ran up to the top spot becoming their third #1 song. It also got them a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Duo or Group.

ReduxReview:  Following in a similar vein as "Kiss on My List," they add a little more rock to the sound and out comes this terrific single. It's kind of famous for the hand claps in the chorus and its cheesy detective video, which was an early MTV hit. I ran out and got the single, but that wasn't enough. I really wanted the album. I remember I was working at Sears at the time back when they still had a stereo and record department and I kept staring at the album when it came out. I had to wait until the end of the week to get my paycheck and get the album. It was worth the wait.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  The "Private Eyes" album would become their second platinum success and their first to reach the Top 10 peaking at #5.


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