This Saturday’s installment of Rock Icons features a no-holds-barred profile on Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates. The episode brings the pair together to discuss their dizzying rise to fame in the early ’80s, including all of the best—and worst—elements of success. Hall reveals that it wasn’t all rosy, and that he particularly loathed making music videos for the embryonic MTV market.
John Oates is, of course, best known for the music he wrote and recorded over the years with Daryl Hall, but the amazingly lush mustache he rocked during the ’70s and ’80s might just be his defining trait as an individual. “A good mustache makes a man for many reasons,” he explained to us during a recent visit to VH1 headquarters in Times Square and, as it turns out, he’s quite the connoisseur of cookie dusters. We asked him to critique the effectiveness of some of pop culture’s most famous mustaches of all-time —including Ron Swanson, Magnum P.I., Borat and more!— in the following feature, which we’ve dubbed WAXING ON MUSTACHES WITH JOHN OATES.
John Oates, one half of the most successful duo in music history, doesn’t feel like there’s much of a place in the world these days. “Don’t get me wrong, I still love the idea of an album, but I don’t know if the world has time for it anymore,” he told us during a recent visit to VH1 headquarters here in New York City. To that end, he’s decided to eschew the traditional method of writing and recording material —hole up in a studio for a few months with a few collaborators, then release 10-12 of those songs packaged together in the LP format— and instead embraced the digital future on his new project, The Good Road To Follow. Starting in June, Oates will begin offering a year-long subscription to fans through his website that will give them access to one single each month, tracks that he has worked on with the likes of Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic), Nathan David Chapman (Taylor Swift), Hot Chelle Rae and more.
It’s the last day of no-shave November. Despite the good cause the tradition is for, some of us are glad it’s over. Face it, guys, facial hair does not look good on all of you (ahem, Jay Cutler). But, when done right, it can be epic like the Titans of nose ticklers facing off this week: Queen‘s Freddie Mercury vs. Hall & Oates‘ John Oats. Can’t decide who has the better crumb catcher? Check out our thoughts on both while we get the shaving cream ready.