Hall & Oates Done Right: The Bird & The Bee Pay Homage To True Musical Masters
This was back in the summer of 2007. While I did follow the band via iTunes, seeing the release of the Please Clap Your Hands EP, "La La La" and a holiday release all in Fall 2007 ("Carol Of The Bells"), I inexplicably lost interest after that and by and large ignored all of their subsequent releases. March 2008 saw the release of the One Too Many Hearts EP, followed by a Live from Vegas iTunes Exclusive release that summer. December 9th saw the release of a new single from their forthcoming album. For me, it was "Love Letter To Japan" that temporarily reignited that spark that initially had drawn me to the band. It was uptempo, fun, had an awesome video...but I wasn't compelled to buy the new album (the band's Blue Note Records debut). Clearly, I had a musical brain fart!
Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future is an album that I NEED to get my hands on and STAT. Not sure why I didn't buy it when I first heard "Love Letter To Japan." While many bands today would have me begging their labels for club remixes, "Love Letter To Japan" was perfection just by itself. No remix necessary. That's why, when I heard about the band's upcoming 3rd album, I am expecting more pure pop perfection. Guiltless Pleasures Volume 1: A Tribute To Daryl Hall And John Oates will be out on Blue Note March 23rd and will be lead with a single, "Heard It On The Radio" (which you can hear on Popjustice - they featured it as a 'Song of the Day' last week). While the rest of the album is made up of Hall & Oates covers, "Heard It On The Radio is an original song, written to bring out that same "oldie but a goody" vibe that resonates within the rest of the cover versions. Speaking of the cover versions, go and check out four 10 second snippets on Popjustice.
"There's definitely no irony," says Kurstin of covering tracks by the genius duo. "They're great songwriters and these are great songs." Couldn't agree more and I for one, think that The Bird and The Bee are the proper band to do Hall & Oates justice. As you can see, the band covers many of the classics. I can't wait for this album. In the meantime, I'm going to pick up their last album for good measure.
1. Heard It On The Radio
2. I Can’t Go For That
3. Rich Girl
4. Sarah Smile
5. Kiss On My List
7. She’s Gone
8. Private Eyes
9. One on One