Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Songoftheday 12/30/15 - Can't you see the heartbeat that you know so well is better than some strange one you're looking for?


"Everything Your Heart Desires" - Daryl Hall and John Oates
from the album Oooh Yeah! (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #3 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's song of the day is by the most popular pop duo of the 1980's, Hall & Oates, who had racked up 18 top-40 hits in the first half of the decade, including five that went all the way to #1. After a live record with two of the Temptations found themselves with another hit with "The Way You Do The Things You Do/My Girl", the pair took a break, with Hall releasing his second solo album and nabbing a top-5 pop hit on his own with "Dreamtime", while Oates co-wrote the top ten hit from Australian rockers Icehouse, "Electric Blue". Switching labels to Arista Records, Hall and Oates came back in 1988 with a new record, Ooh Yeah!. The first single from the set, "Everything Your Heart Desires" (written by Hall), picked up where they left off, with a synth-driven adult-pop love song that relied on its chorus and backgroup vocals to sail along...


"Everything Your Heart Desires" became Hall and Oates' sixteenth and what proved to be so far their most recent top ten pop hit in America in June of 1988. The single also climbed to #2 for a week on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, while it was their third-biggest hit on the R&B chart at #13. Internationally, the record went to #6 in Canada, and #28 in New Zealand, but missed the top 75 in the UK altogether.

(Click below to see the rest of the post)


Here's the duo playing it live in Japan in 1988...


...and again in 1995...


Daryl showed how much he loved the song by including it in many of his Live From Daryl's House internet shows, including the very first one...


He brought on blues-rock singer Keb Mo for episode 50...


...and from the past season with Kandace Springs...


The song got a slate of remixes, though it missed the club chart. Here's the one from Shep Pettibone...


...and finally, back to Hall and Oates in 2008 ...


Up tomorrow: a pair says it's crazily real.

No comments: