Last weekend my friend Bill shot me a link to Daryl Hall and Todd Rundgren performing “Can We Still Be Friends“, and it knocked me out. I’ve seen Rundgren live a few times in the past decade, and he’s been solid, even returning to some serious guitar wanking on the most recent tour. As for Hall, he’s always owned one of the most amazing voices in rock, and like fellow Philadelphian Rundgren, he’s definitely among the names you rattle off when someone wants to list the great white soul singers of our era. Maybe they’re not the energetic spring chickens they used to be, but if I’m this cool when I’m in my sixties, I’ll be thrilled.
I don’t know why I don’t zero in on Live From Daryl’s House more often than I do. You know the drill – famous guy invites famous friends over, they hang out and play each other’s songs. That was the original concept for Unplugged when Jules Shear hosted the show, long before MTV caved in to the major labels and changed it to a launching pad to sell live albums.
So this week I give you Ten From Daryl’s House – maybe after you give a listen you won’t be as much of a stranger anymore, either. I think you’ll flip at how good Guster was, and that last clip with longtime partner John Oates shows why so many of us mourn the loss of T-Bone Wolk, a musician’s musician and a great guy.
(01) – Todd Rundgren: “Expressway To Your Heart”
(02) – Guster: “Do You Love Me”
(03) – Plain White T’s: “1,2,3,4”
(04) – Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek: “Break On Through”
(05) – Smokey Robinson: “Tears of a Clown”
(06) – Nick Lowe: “Cruel To Be Kind”
(07) – Company of Thieves: “Piece of My Heart”
(08) – Parachute: “She Is Love”
(09) – KT Tunstall: “Something To Talk About”
(10) – John Oates: “Backstabbers”