Hall & Oates have always been cool, in my opinion, but Philly's blue-eyed soul duo are enjoying somewhat of a renaissance as of late, with the Gym Class Heroes naming one of their treks the "Daryl Hall For President Tour" and Daryl Hall getting artists like KT Tunstall, Chromeo, Diane Birch, and the Gym Class Heroes' Travis McCoy to guest on his online music/talk show, Live From Daryl's House. Another act that worships at the pop altar of H&O is the Bird & The Bee (the indie-pop duo of singer-songstress Inara George and Ke$ha/Lily Allen/Flaming Lips/Kylie/Peaches producer Greg Kurstin), who in fact love the '70s/'80s yacht-rockers so much, they've recorded a full album of H&O covers, Interpreting The Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall & John Oates.
This past weekend, B&B brought their H&O tribute to Los Angeles's sold-out El Rey Theater, and they made my dreams come true for sure. Inara was rocking a seriously skintight spandex frock and some awesome '80s dance moves despite being nearly eight months pregnant (unable to strap her usual bass guitar over her prominently protruding belly, she employed Beck bassist extraordinaire Justin Meldal-Johnsen, who joked onstage that he was Inara's "Family Man," so to speak). Justin's appearance was cool enough, but the best cameo came when Daryl Hall's better half, John Oates himself, emerged from the stage wings (sans 'stache, but still exciting) to join Inara and Greg on "She's Gone," "Maneater," and "I Can't Go For That."
"I really needed a dose of feelgood tonight," the smiling Oates told the ecstatic audience, referring to his sadness over the recent passing of longtime Hall & Oates bassist T-Bone Wolk (to whom Inara dedicated the entire show). And that feelgood feeling emanated throughout the El Rey as John jammed with the Bird & The Bee on H&O's classic hits.
The only thing that could have improved upon this evening was if Oates had been able to instantly regrow his famous whiskers at will. But hairy or clean-shaven, John Oates's kiss will forever be on my list.