Video Hangover: Hall & Oates – “She’s Gone”
Every week, we dig in the archives for videos that we find noteworthy, memorable, or just unbelievably stupid. And then, Jon McMillan breaks ‘em down for you. Why Video Hangover? Because when you watch as many videos as we do, you’re going to feel it afterwards.
Hall & Oates, 1976
Whatever you do, please do not stop the video before the 2:45 mark.
I take back everything I said about Sasha Frere-Jones. These guys are way funkier than the Arcade Fire.
Start with the hair from a Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie tribute band, mix in some
Flight Of The Conchords faux-earnestness, a dash of Barry and Levon cheese, and a very short man in a very tight devil costume, and you only begin to get a sense of what’s going on here.
Want to know why this might be my favorite video ever? Because the answer to every question is “yes.”
Is Daryl Hall wearing high-heeled clogs and smoking a cigarette during the video? Yep. Are they literally “paying” the devil to replace the woman by throwing fake money in the air every time they sing the lyric? Of course. Is John Oates wearing a tuxedo shirt with neither arms, sides, nor back? You bet! And does the devil then help him into a tuxedo jacket, and does that tuxedo jacket have flippers, and does Oates then rip off a wicked fake solo while holding the guitar in his flipper-clad hands? Yes, yes, yes, yes!
They’ll always be Oates & Hall to me
As usual, Hall is dogging it while Oates carries the load. Is Daryl on drugs, or is he just channeling his inner supermodel (at 1:37 — uh, aren’t you supposed to be lip synching or something)? Meanwhile John is acting his heart out and hitting all the money-throwing cues, all while wearing ridiculous 8-inch platform shoes. Not bad for a guy who’s known primarily for having one of the worst (or is it best?) mustaches of all time.
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