Tears for Fears' Curt Smith says says the band's 1985 chart-topper is as politically relevant today as it was three decades ago, and maybe even more so.
As far back as the late ‘90s/early 2000s, a full-scale Daryl Hall and John Oates revival was in the works — a phenomenon much like the resurgence of other artists once deemed tragically unhip, like Burt Bacharach, the Carpenters, or Neil Diamond. It became abundantly obvious how well-written adult-contemporary staples like “She’s Gone” and “Rich Girl” and blue-eyed soul jams like “You Make My Dreams” and “Kiss on My List” always were, and suddenly it was fashionable for young bands to namecheck Hall and Oates as an influence. Gym Class Heroes named one of their treks the “Daryl Hall for President ’07 Tour” (perhaps Hall will consider a bid in 2020, with Oates as his running mate?) and released a Hall and Oates mashup album.