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June 16, 2011


We're nearing the end of another week and that means that it's once again time for everyone's favourite weekly segment, Throwback Thursday. For this week's edition (#9 for those of you playing at home) I've chosen a bona-fide pop classic! Now this song isn't necessarily a rare track but when I was thinking of who I should choose I just couldn't go past a song like this. The song that I am speaking of is none other than "Private Eyes" from the pop powerhouse duo of the 70's and 80's, Hall & Oates (hence last week's cryptic clues of concert venue = "hall" and porridge = "oats"). Now I pretty much could have picked any song from Hall & Oates' extensive back catalog but I picked Private Eyes because it's my absolute favourite H & A track. Now I'm sure most of you readers have heard this song before so it's no exactly the perfect Throwback selection, but I just really couldn't resist. To me Hall & Oates really knew how to craft the perfect pop song. Private Eyes has that classic 80's sound, the wailing electric guitar, the perfectly constructed lyrics, the hand claps and Hall's voice, which is perfectly suited to this gem of a track. This is pop music at its absolute best and no matter how many times I listen to this song I don't think I'll ever get sick of it. Private Eyes was one of many number hits for Hall & Oates and it took the might of Olivia Newton John's "Physical" to knock it from the number 1 position on the Billboard 100 charts. Anyway check out the Private Eyes video below with stream/download of the track, and a whole heaps of awesome bonus content after the jump.

DOWNLOAD: Hall & Oates - Private Eyes

Private Eyes appeared on Hall & Oates' tenth studio album of the same name. The Private Eyes album is probably considered Hall & Oates' definitive album and it's absolutely chock full of hits including "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" and "Did It in a Minute". If you don't have any Hall & Oates in your music collection you must pick yourself up a copy of the Private Eyes album. Actually if you pick up any Hall & Oates album including any of the compilations you're sure to find plenty of stuff on there that you'll love. As you can probably tell Hall & Oates is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, but you can't argue with their ability to write great pop songs and produce hit after hit. Thankfully iTunes has the remastered version of the Private Eyes album available for purchase so click the image or link below to go through to the iTunes store and buy yourself a copy.

BUY: Hall & Oates - Private Eyes (Remastered)

Since last week's edition of Throwback Thursday was a little light on in the extras department mainly due to the fact that the song was so rare, I've decided to give you an absolute cavalcade of Hall & Oates bonus material. First up I have a couple of Hall & Oates remix tracks, both of which caught my ear as I was compiling this edition. So first up we have a Dubstep remix of Private Eyes by Drivepilot, which you can check out below.

Hall & Oates - Private Eyes (Drivepilot Dubstep Remix) by DRIVEPILOT

If that wasn't enough for you next up we have a mash-up track which puts Wu-Tang Clan's C.R.E.A.M. a cappella over the instrumental to Hall & Oates' number 1 single "Maneater". As I've mentioned before on the site, I always take mash-ups with a grain of salt as most seem to be a bit hit and miss but this one is actually pretty damn good, so give it a listen below.

Wu-Tang vs Hall & Oates "Maneater Cream" (DOSVEC Mashup) by DjWhatt

Let's keep the Hall & Oates good times rolling with an awesome video. Daryl Hall from Hall & Oates runs a monthly free live performance webcast called Live from Daryl's House. Over the course of the series he has had some awesome guests joining him to perform classic Hall & Oates songs along with other covers. In this particular instance Daryl had electronic band "Chromeo" join him at his house to perform a range of songs. I chose the video of them performing "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" and I can't reiterate enough how awesome this performance is, so check it out below.

Next up I've got another real treat for you. Many of you may not know that indie-pop band The Bird and the Bee released an album last year entitled Interpreting the Masters Vol. 1 (A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates), which as the title implies was a tribute to Hall & Oates. The album featured a range of covers along with one original song Heard It On The Radio. This is a pretty good album, I mean it's not anything truly groundbreaking or anything that will blow your mind but there are some really good re-interpretations of classic Hall & Oates songs on here and this a nice, easy listening record. Shirley Manson from rock group "Garbage" even pops up to do backing vocals on their cover of "Maneater". Check out The Bird and the Bee's covers of "Rich Girl" and "Private Eyes" below with album artwork and purchase link below.

DOWNLOAD: The Bird and the Bee - Rich Girl (Hall & Oates Re-interpretation)

DOWNLOAD: The Bird and the Bee - Private Eyes (Hall & Oates Re-interpretation)

BUY: The Bird and the Bee - Interpreting the Masters Vol. 1 (A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates)

We're nearing the end of another edition of Throwback Thursday but how could I do a Hall & Oates post and not leave you with another couple of their classic videos. I just love the style of Hall & Oates' videos, sure they look a bit dated now but there is just something about that 80's style which makes them hilariously awesome. I think it has something to do with the really soft filter they used, the classic poses and of course the saxophone solos. So for your viewing pleasure I've chucked the videos for two of their number 1 hits "No Can Do (I Can't Go For That)" and "Maneater" below. If you've never seen these videos before, let me tell you you're in for a real treat.

We've come to that time which everyone dreads, yes it's the end of another installment of Throwback Thursday. Never fear though as I assure you it will be back next week bigger and better than ever, bringing you another musical gem from the past. I know all you Throwback readers have become accustomed to receiving some kind of clue as to what next week's selection will be, so I suppose I'd better oblige. Next week I'll be moving away from the pop and soul tracks and featuring a song from a hip-hop legend. The song I have chosen is actually fairly well known but this artist was huge during the golden era of hip-hop, from the mid 80's through to the mid 90's. He has a close association with Def Jam records and Rick Rubin, his stage name is an abbreviation which the "ladies love" and he currently appears in a prime time drama on Network 10. The song I have chosen is one of his biggest hits that was released in 1990 and appears on the album of the same name. I'll also give you the cryptic song clues of "Mother" and "Boxing". That's all the clues I'm going to give you but if you know your music, specifically golden era hip-hop there are definitely enough hints there to work it out. As per usual if you know the artist or the song post it in the comments section below. Otherwise Ill see you next week when all will be revealed, Throwback!

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