Thursday, August 19, 2010

Chromeo & Hall & Oates: The Leftovers

Posted By on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 9:38 AM

UPDATE

The Indy's Chromeo interview has now been posted. You can read it here.

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In tomorrow's Indy, we interview Chromeo, the Montreal-based, blue-eyed-soul-obsessed duo that's playing the Ogden in Denver this Friday night.

During the course of the piece, P-Thugg talks about Rick James, yacht rock, and the burden of being "the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of culture."

But due to space limitations, we were unable to convey the full glory of the keyboardist's love for Hall & Oates. He still drools over Arthur Baker's production on their dance-oriented 1984 album, Big Bam Boom. And he was of course thrilled when Hall invited them to appear on his Daryl's House webcast and then performed with them live at this summer's Bonnaroo Festival.

So for all you postmodern yacht rock fans out there, here are a few Hall & Oates-centric Chromeo interview outtakes.

DEALING WITH DARYL: "We're really aware of technology and that's something we talked about with Daryl. Doing his show and the Bonnaroo live performance, we got to hang out a little bit, you know, exchanging experiences and ideas, talking about gear and synthesizers. And these guys, they thought 20 years ago like we think now. They were always experimenting with the new stuff that was coming out, mixing electronic and synthesized sounds with their instruments, and I think that's what gave them their particular sound. At the time it was really unusual to mix soul, electronic instruments, rock, a bit of prog, a bit of folk. And as Daryl was telling us the couple times we met, they were giving him a lot of flak for it."

MODERN LOVE: "We've been listening to Hall & Oates for a long time. I remember going to school in the morning and it would play all the time on the radio station that my father woud put on in the car. And it had a huge influence on us. All of them: 'Family Man,' 'Method of Modern Love,' 'No Can Do,' 'Rich Girl,' 'Maneater,' you know, the whole catalog."

OLD PEOPLE STUFF: "As a kid, you don't really appreciate it as much. To you, it's just the music your parents listen to. You know, in the back of your mind you might enjoy it, but you're trying to detach yourself from your parents, and you're like, 'NO! I like Michael Jackson and I like EPMD and LL Cool J. I don't like this old people stuff.'

OUT OF THE CLOSET: "With a bit of maturity, you objectively realize how good this stuff was. And then when know what it is to put a song together, you can go back and appreciate a lot more stuff than you used to. And then you become very open about your guilty pleasures. It's like, you know, actually this is really good! I don't have to hide it anymore."

And now, for the truly hardcore, here's a clip from Daryl's House in which the duo spends the first two minutes looking completely nervous and not saying a word, until they all crank out a surprisingly inspired rendition of Boz Scaggs' "Lowdown." All of which leads Daryl to declare, "That was groovy AND happening."


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