Photos by Nick Tomecek
I inflated balloons, stocked shelves with party favors and cleaned bathrooms at Party City for four years, often to the upbeat pop-rock of Daryl Hall & Oates.
I’m not mad about it.
The crafty duo, one of only a select few artists that played on the repetitive radio station, got me through many early mornings with a shoddy box cutter and exhausting evenings with an industrial-size broom. Hall & Oates’ music is happy, fun and essentially all adjectives opposite the ones that describe the retail industry and its often testy customers.
I should have tracked frequent-flier miles for the amount of times I’ve heard “Private Eyes,” the title track to Daryl Hall & Oates’ 1981 record. I know every lyric, and I’ve choreographed dance moves that frequently involve the two-finger “I’m watching you” gesture, quite fun to aim toward unreliable co-workers whose shifts I’d end up covering.
Unfortunately the speakers at the party-supply store only played Hall & Oates’ hits, meaning “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” was the only other song played from “Private Eyes.”
Side note: Nicki Bluhm and The Grumblers have a sweet cover of “I Can’t Go For That” on YouTube, so go listen.
If you like “Private Eyes” and “I Can’t Go For That,” two number-one singles on the “Billboard Hot 100,” you are guaranteed to enjoy the rest of the record.
“Looking for a Good Sign” deserved some radio time, and “Some Men” is uniquely ahead of its time. I recommend listening to both and taking note of “Some Men’s” clever, lyrics.
Old boys drink bad beer and throw
The cans out in the street
Playboys sit and sip red wine
Some drink malt whiskey neat
Hall & Oates are never understated, and neither are my sequin Converse shoes in these photos. The musicians bring the word “flashy” to mind, so I embraced it with show-stopping sneakers and a gray jumpsuit.
This album art pops; it always jumps out at me when I’m flipping through my records. Whether I’m tying ribbons around the ends of balloons or typing on my laptop, Daryl Hall & Oates's "Private Eyes"will always hold a special place in my heart.
Earrings - Earthbound Trading Co.
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Jumpsuit - Boutique
Sneakers - Converse, Free People
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