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Ben Gibbard

'80s superduo Hall & Oates not so out of touch

'80s superduo Hall & Oates not so out of touch

In the 1980s, the era of Pac Man, hair bands and Flashdance, seemingly anything synthetic and hyper-stylized ruled pop culture. If you were around then, you couldn't escape the sounds of Hall & Oates, the superduo of blond, clean-shaven Daryl Hall and raven-haired, mustached John Oates. The hits abounded: "Maneater," "Kiss on My List," "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," "Private Eyes," "Out of Touch," "Method of Modern Love." Up and down the radio dial, black and mainstream stations spun their records regularly. This new thing called MTV played Hall & Oates videos, in all their hopelessly cheesy glory, almost nonstop....