Thursday, September 14, 2017

"Method of Modern Love" by Daryl Hall and John Oates

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  2162
Date:  12/15/1984
Debut:  50
Peak:  5
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Pop, Blue-Eyed Soul

Pop Bits:  H&O got their sixth and final #1 on the Pop chart with "Out of Touch." The song served as the first single from their album Big Bam Boom. For a follow-up, this track was chosen. It would become the duo's fifteenth Top 10 hit and their seventh in a row. The song would also do well on other charts getting to #15 Dance, #18 AC, and #21 R&B. It would be their fifth album in a row to contain at least two Top 10 hits. It would help make the album their third to go double-platinum.

ReduxReview:  I wasn't a big fan of this song. I didn't like the spelled-out chorus and the weird synth/sample sounds and cheezy sounding chords. The verse is actually quite nice as is the outro section where it transitions out of the dorky chorus into something far better, but the main chorus I didn't dig. It's one of my least favorite H&O singles.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  This song was referenced by two very different artists. First, Weird Al Yankovic included a small portion of the tune in his polka medley "Hooked on Polkas," which was from his 1985 album Dare to Be Stupid. It was the second of many polka medleys Yankovic would create over the years. The medleys mainly consisted of polka versions of popular hits. In "Hooked on Polkas," Yankovic does the spelled-out portion of this song. On the other side of the spectrum, rapper Method Man also shouts out the first part of the spelled-out section of this song in his track "Method Man," which was included on the debut album of the Wu-Tang Clan, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).


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