Daryl Hall and John Oates, known more commonly as Hall & Oates, are an American musical duo from Philadelphia. Daryl Hall is generally the lead vocalist of the pairing, and also plays a wide range of musical instruments. John Oates also plays a range of instruments, but primarily plays electric guitar and provides backing vocals as well as occasional leads. The two also write most of the songs they perform, either separately or in collaboration.
They achieved their greatest fame from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s with a fusion of rock and roll and rhythm and blues, which they dubbed “rock and soul”. Critics Stephen Thomas Erlewine and J. Scott McClintock write,”at their best, Hall & Oates’ songs were filled with strong hooks and melodies that adhered to soul traditions without being a slave to them by incorporating elements of new wave.” While much of their reputation is due to the sustained pop-chart run in the 1980s, they continue to record and tour, and remain respected by various artists for their ability to cross stylistic boundaries.
The duo made a cameo in the 2015 Happy Madison film Pixels where they made an archival recording at the beginning of the music video “She’s Gone” where they told Sam Brenner and the rest of the town that they have broken the rules of warfare. They also told them that because of this, they forfeit and Earth is all theirs. They told in the final quote that they’re going to start all-out video game chaos in a half-hour. Hall & Oates added, “After this, we will sing this about your precious planet!” because Brenner cheated.