Introducing my new Hall and Oates cover band, Corridor and Grain

Yesterday, after having lunch with my reclusive rock star friend Pete Larson, he and I were driving around Ann Arbor, listening to loud music, with our windows rolled down, and taking turns, as we often do, commenting on how much we hate the things around us. Well, at some point, the Hall and Oates song Private Eyes came on, and, instead of criticizing it, we started singing along to it. Loudly. And, by the way the young University of Michigan co-eds started staring at us, I could tell that something magical was happening. Clearly we’d hit upon something big, I thought.

Pete must have been thinking the same thing, because, just as we concluded the song, he turned to me and said, ” You know, we have to start a Hall and Oates tribute band, right?” While it would have been incredibly funny, I fought the urge, and didn’t respond by touching the steering wheel, the dashboard and my nipples in turn, and saying, “And, that’s why I can’t go for that.” (As Pete wouldn’t have gotten the reference, it would only have scared him.) Instead, I nodded silently in the affirmative, paused for a moment, and said, “We could call ourselves Corridor and Grain.” (It would later occur to me that Corridor and Quinoa might have a better ring to it, but I’m not sure.)

I, of course, came home later that night and announced the plan to the world via Facebook. The response was enthusiastic. Sure, there may have been a few who thought that it was sacrilege, but, for the most part, they kept their mouths closed. The best comment came from my friend Kerri, who encouraged us to start our journey by making a shot-for-shot remake of the Hall and Oates video for the song She’s Gone, which you can watch below… Somehow, I’d never seen it. It’s absolutely brilliant, and, since watching it last night, it’s all that I can think about. I’m generally pretty humble when it comes to my so-called creative endeavors, but I can tell you with confidence that there are no two performers on the earth today who are better positioned to pull off a faithful recreation of this video than Pete Larson and myself. Pete… pardon me for the language I’m about to use… would absolutely rock the f-ing shit out of the shirtless Oates guitar lead, and I know that I could master the disaffected stare of Hall as he decides to toss that money in the air. I have never been so enthusiastic about a project in all of my life. I will no doubt share more with you about this over the coming months, but, for now, I wanted you to watch this video, and give some thought as to how we, as a community, might be able to pull it off visually. Please watch it closely, and leave a comment if you know where, for instance, we I might be able to find any shag carpet of that shade, or a guitar of that particular make and model. As I’d like to do this as faithfully as possible, right down to the upholstery on the chairs, I’m going to need all of your help. This, I’m confident, if we all pitch in, could be the biggest thing since Chris Elliott pulled off his remake of Shatner’s Rocket Man.

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32 Comments

  1. dirtgrain
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Was that a serious attempt at a video?

  2. Posted September 3, 2011 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    1) Dibs on being the woman who walks by (although I’m like 5x her weight)
    2) I have devil horns and a tail for whomever wants to play the devil
    3) I have a contact to get you guys the drugs you will need to be as baked as they are in the video
    4) You may need an acting coach to get that look of pure disgust worn by Daryl Hall as he smokes his cigarettes instead of lip synching his line “now I can see, loves taken a hold on me” (I think that was the solo line…I refuse to watch this steaming pile of shit again so soon to double check)
    5) I will cash my first, much reduced DPS paycheck so you guys can have the cash necessary to throw at the devil. Speaking of which, my school has some dark, creepy places like the scene of that video so you can do a remote taping there, if you would like.

  3. Glen S.
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    I can just see the meeting now: A bunch of sleezy record executives in shiny, 1970s-era suits on one side of a conference table — Hall and Oates on the other.

    “Look, guys, we want you to consider doing this cool new thing … its called a music video. All the big groups are gonna’ be doing it, and we want you to do one, too …,” as H&O briefly look at each other, then back at the studio reps, in total disgust …

  4. Glen S.
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Also — which one of you plans to try to look like Daryl Hall trying to look like David Bowie looking vaguely like Ziggy Stardust?

  5. Posted September 3, 2011 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    oooh oooh! Can we make the whole thing cycle powered???? How cool would THAT be???

    Glen, I’m under the impression that Mark is playing the part of Hall and Pete is Oates.

  6. Jeff Irwin
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    This reminds me of Yacht Rock: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMTI8vg7A5U.
    Yacht Rock was a funny little series with Michigan roots. Hall and Oates come in during the first minute and feature repeatedly in the 12 part web series.

    Here’s the archive of all the episodes: http://www.channel101.com/shows/show.php?show_id=152

  7. Posted September 3, 2011 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    of Live at Daryl’s House for some holiday ideas.
    http://www.livefromdarylshouse.com/currentep.html?ep_id=42

  8. Bob
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Fitz & the Tantrums beat you to it. They are getting huge and sound exactly like H&O. Their record is pretty good too.

  9. Edward
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    What is it at 2:02 that Hall hangs over the back of his chair? Is it some kind of Dr. Suess inspired bong?

  10. Posted September 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Mark, is this a cry for help? Do you really want to be the Chris Elliott of Ypsilanti?

  11. donna
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    i believe you should be made aware of this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Interpreting-Masters-Vol-Tribute-Daryl/dp/B0036U0BUK

  12. Posted September 3, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    This is going to be amazing. I can wait to do the remake of “The Making of Big Bam Boom” with Mark and I in the leads.

  13. dragon
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Who is Hall and Oates? I’ve honestly never heard of them until now.
    I looked up their entry on Wikipedia, but it didn’t make much sense to me.

  14. Posted September 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Don’t worry. There isn’t much that makes sense to me either.

  15. dragon
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Maybe we can get Stephen Hawking’s *special* assistant to guide through the labyrinth of life’s mysteries.

  16. Kerri
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Ha ha ha ha ha! Look at what I started! That video is amazing. I’m glad someone appreciates it as much as I do.

  17. Posted September 4, 2011 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Kerri, thank you for sharing this! I posted it on my FB today so that my friends can share in our joy. Until now, I had always liked the Private Eyes video because Hall thinks he’s badass with his opened pack of smokes (with an exposed cigarette) in his pocket. And the guys in the background are so baked.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anLfoy2XsFw

    But man, the She’s Gone video puts that pack of smokes to shame. I can imagine the record execs having stars in their eyes and saying, “Okay, I want some fake money, a devil, some attitude. I want Oates over there and Hall over there and some random woman walking by. Let’s make it happen people!” Disgusted by his corporate masters, Hall rebelled. Fuck you, he thought. I’ma smoke through my solo, wear some funktastic shoes, hang a Dr. Seuss bong over my chair and sure, I’ll *throw your fake money* you corporate motherfuckers, but don’t expect me to enjoy it. Oates, just happy to be included, found himself in a quandary. On the one hand, he wanted to please his record company bosses. OTOH, he wanted Hall to think he was cool and “hip”. To that end, he wore a jivin’ tuxedo shirt and tossed the money with an air of discontent, but he tried to give the execs what they wanted. Oh, how he tried….

  18. Posted September 5, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    I think, before we do anything else, Pete and I need to get together in a studio and see if we can put together a relatively faithful rendition of this song. As neither of us, I’m pretty sure, can hit a high note these days, it’ll be tough, but I’m pretty sure that we can come up with something beautiful…

  19. Posted September 5, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    It can be done.

  20. Posted September 5, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Where shall we record it? And do you know someone who plays keyboards? I guess we should probably discuss these kinds of things in private, right? I’ll send you an email.

  21. Posted September 5, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    I have recording things, that’s not a problem. Keyboards will be in our minds.

  22. Posted September 5, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    No way… we need real keyboards. I’ll find someone who can do it. I’ll take out an ad in Rolling Stone.

  23. anonymous
    Posted September 6, 2011 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Andrew WK plays keyboards, I believe. Is he in town these days?

  24. Posted September 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    I can put a flyer up at the music school.

  25. Kim
    Posted September 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    There’s also the guy who plays pipe organ at the Michigan Theater, if you wanted to change things up a bit.

  26. Mr. X
    Posted September 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    I couldn’t figure out what the image was at the beginning for the video. It looked like a run down building of some sort, and I kept trying to figure out the significance. I thought that maybe it was supposed to be the outside of the house that we then see Hall and Oates inside of, the same way that Sanford and Son starts with those external shots. At it turns out, though, the image is of an abandoned roadside diner that had been dumped in Kenilworth, PA. It’s from the cover of the album that this song appeared on.

  27. cympro oro
    Posted September 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    I see this as being your Fitzcarraldo.

  28. God
    Posted September 12, 2011 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    You must rock the shit out of this video.

  29. h Ref
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Philly soul, mother fuckers!

    Temple, in the house!

  30. Free woman at last
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    If this doesnt happen, I will kill myself in a trash compactor. Seriously, I will do it. I mY do it anyway, but I will definitely do it if this doesnt happen. I need to see Pete Larson with no shirt, shredding a guitar. That will keep me alive.

  31. Eel
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Assuming this happens, and I’m confident that it will, can you promise to remake this video next?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tJoIaXZ0rw

  32. Eel
    Posted December 21, 2011 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Have you called yet?

    719-26-OATES

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