That razor-sharp synthesizer sound, those high-pitched voices, those eighties shoulder pads and big hairdos: Hall & Oates became icons of 1980s pop music. The group scored their major successes during that decade, with mega hits like Maneater
and I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)
. In 1987 they were the bestselling musical duo ever, a record that hasn’t been broken since. But singer-songwriters Daryl Hall & John Oates
are more versatile than their work from the eighties might imply. Lately they have been focusing on solo projects. On the album Mississippi Mile
Oates shows his bluesy side, with a prominent role for the guitar. Hall makes music more loosely, in a homely setting with his award-winning online show Live From Daryl’s House
. His guests included Booker T and the M.G.’s and former Doors members Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek.