Out Of Touch – Hall and Oates

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………….on December 3rd of 1984 “Out Of Touch” becomes Hall And Oates’ sixth US number one single, confirming their status as the most successful duo in Rock history. Despite its success in America, the record could only manage #48 in the UK. In a 1985 interview with the New York City Tribune, John Oates, who came up with the original idea for the song and wrote the chorus, explained the importance of the line in the song, “We’re soul alone and soul really matters to me.”: “Don’t lose your soul’ is one of our central themes. Soul matters. Roots matter. They’re the source of your power, your core, the energy that sets you apart from the molecules in the wallpaper.” The rising sound at the beginning of the Big Bam Boom album is a metal gong struck with a hammer then played back in reverse with a keyboard sound layered under it. The video fit went well with the song’s meaning, as we see the drum roll over Daryl Hall and John Oates, and later on we see them trapped inside, an apt metaphor for the feeling of isolation expressed in the song. For the last shot, Hall and Oates were actually sealed inside the drum. Oates told Golden Age of Music Video: “We were looking at each other between takes saying, ‘So this is what it’s all come to! We are at the top of the pop music world, and we’re sealed inside a bass drum at 3 o’clock in the morning in a warehouse in Queens.”

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