If thinking of Hall & Oates makes you recall bad hair (and worse facial hair), think a little harder. Philadelphia’s original rock-and-soulers remain the bestselling recording duo in rock history. And lately, the band’s taller, blonder half is back in the spotlight thanks to his popular monthly webcast, Live from Daryl’s House. We caught up with Daryl to talk about his reborn stardom, big shifts in the band’s performance style (check them out Saturday night at the Borgata) — and how you can take the guy out of Philly, but you can’t take the Philly out of the guy. No can do.
How’d you become a world-wide-web celeb?
I’ve been on the road for my whole life. I just figured why don’t I bring the world to me for a change? I realized through the internet … I can just sit on the porch and play, and everybody in the world can see it.
And “Live from Daryl’s House” was born …
Then, my second thought was: Why don’t I bring different guests — new bands, bands that are just starting to break — and really surprise people.
Then, I guess, your people reach out to say, Chromeo’s people?
No. I try and keep it as homemade as I can — that’s the key to the whole experience. I just send them an email.
How has the show changed the profile of the typical H&O fan?
My fan base is demographically dropping through the roof, it’s falling down, down, down — which, you know really, pleases me.
Does that make you a reality star?
I wouldn’t call [Live From Daryl’s House] a reality show, but there’s reality in it. When an audience sees my show, they’re seeing what people are really like. You can’t hide. You are what you are. If you’re a jerk, it’s gonna show up on my show.
What do you really think of these young whippersnappers coming over to play at your place?
All these new groups — every single one of them — they have their shit together, man. They walk in, so centered, and I think to myself: When I was 19 or 20 or 21 or 25 I was all over the place, man. I couldn’t have done that. If somebody would have put me in front of me, in those days, I don’t know what I would have done.
Is there anything still Philly about you?
Only a Philadelphian would ask that question, and only another Philadelphian would understand what the fuck you’re talking about. The answer is yes: If you’re from Philly you are from Philly. That’s it, man. There’s something about the way you look at the world. It’s a down-to-earth, no bullshit attitude. It’s egalitarian. It interacts with history. Musically, it’s a regional thing. Either get it or you don’t. I was with Kevin and Michael [Bacon, as in the Bacon Brothers] the other day, doing the show, and all we talked about was Philly.
What’s a Hall & Oates show like now?
We’re giving that intimacy of a small club to the people in any kind of environment. The casual attitude of Life From Daryl’s House is coming into the Hall & Oates experience.
So, will your concert look be relaxed, too?
I don’t know if I’ll be wearing a flannel shirt, but I might. It gets hot on stage. I don’t know if flannel shirts are appropriate. But, it will be a very flannel shirt kind of show.