The Self-Righteous Brothers
Rolling Stone 1985
FOR DARYL HALL AND JOHN OATES,
LIFE AS POP MUSIC'S BIGGEST DUO IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH
DARYL HALL AND JOHN OATES ARE STARING
into a camera on the MTV soundstage, trying to answer the question "Why are you guys
starting to dress so punky?" The question has been phoned in by a fan named Cinnamon,
and since this is live TV, and since Cinnamon is waiting for a response, Daryl Hall and
John Oates are staring blankly into the camera trying to think of one. "Well,"
Hall says finally, "I have no answer for that." He is clearly miserable. Oates
is clearly miserable. Even Mark Goodman, the VJ who is hosting this phone-in to promote
the duo's new album. Big Bam Boom, is clearly miserable. But all three men are very
professional. Which means, instead of looking miserable, they just look dead.