Hall & Oates’ Van Halen-Inspired Number One Smash

Continuing the countdown to this weekend’s New Zealand concerts, today’s Hall & Oates song is unabashed bombastic pop. In later years the duo said the production on their similarly bombastically-titled 1984 album Big Bam Boom was a little over the top, but the LP’s lead single Out Of Touch is all the more fun for it.

With Van Halen Jump-esque synths, layered harmonies, early sampling, big drums and even a xylophone, the song is a massive production with a hook to match. Personally, I love the production on the song and indeed the whole album. While it is instantly identifiable as huge mid-80s pop, it isn’t a degenerate form of production compared to their earlier work, just different.

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