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"Method of Modern Love" is a song by the American duo Daryl Hall & John Oates. It was released as the second single from their 1984 album, Big Bam Boom. The song reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1985 and is included in numerous compilation albums except on the album Playlist: The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates.

"Method of Modern Love"
Method of Modern Love.jpg
Single by Daryl Hall & John Oates
from the album Big Bam Boom
B-side"Bank on Your Love"
ReleasedDecember 15, 1984
Format7", 12", CD
Recorded1984
GenrePop rock, soft rock[1]
Length5:34 (album version)
3:58 (single version)
7:49 (extended mix)
LabelRCA Records
Songwriter(s)Daryl Hall, Janna Allen
Producer(s)Daryl Hall, John Oates and Bob Clearmountain
Daryl Hall & John Oates singles chronology
"Out of Touch"
(1984)
"Method of Modern Love"
(1984)
"Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid"
(1985)
Music video
"Method of Modern Love" on YouTube

Music videoEdit

The setting and the mood of the music video is kept very surreal, almost dream-like. At the beginning, Hall and Oates are discovered in their cozy apartment by someone on the roof, looking through a skylight. G.E. Smith throws a V-style guitar through the window, as if it were a spear. The guitar sticks into the floor and then begins glowing. This incites Hall and Oates to go up to the roof to investigate. There, on the roof of the apartment, they become mesmerized by a four-man band, and then all the men perform a choreography. While performing Daryl Hall falls from the roof, and the other men rush to see what became of him. There, they see him dancing on the clouds next to the moon, and upon Hall's beckoning, they dive off the roof in an attempt to walk on the clouds. At the end, they are seen swimming and dancing in the clouds, with neon signs flashing the letters of the song title.[2]

The version of the song used in the video is a special edit, which incorporates both the album version and the 12" remix version.

In popular cultureEdit

In 1985, "Weird Al" Yankovic included the song in his polka medley "Hooked on Polkas" from his album Dare to Be Stupid. In 1993, rapper Method Man interpreted the hook on the song "Method Man".[3]

Chart performanceEdit

The song entered on the Billboard Hot 100 when "Out of Touch" was still on the top of the chart, it debuted at #50 the same week it was released, after eight weeks it peaked at #5 staying there for a week, the single remained on the chart for 19 weeks.[4][5][6] Curiously, on the January 19, 1985 issue this song was at #21 while the aforementioned Out of Touch was at #22.[7]

On the Radio & Records airplay chart the song debuted at #38 on the December 14, 1984 issue, after four weeks it reached and peaked at #5 staying there for two weeks, the song was on the top 10 of the chart for five weeks and remained on it for 10 weeks.[8]

Chart positionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Times-Picayune, Laura McKnight NOLA com. "Hall and Oates alter their hits just enough to entertain and satisfy at New Orleans Jazz Fest". NOLA.com.
  2. ^ "Hall & Oates - Method Of Modern Love - video dailymotion". Dailymotion.
  3. ^ "Wu-Tang Clan's 'Method Man' - Discover the Sample Source".
  4. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  5. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  6. ^ "Daryl Hall & John Oates - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  7. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  8. ^ "Method of modern love". wweb.uta.edu. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  9. ^ "Canadian Singles Chart from Nanda Lwin; Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide (2000)"
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Method of Modern Love". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  11. ^ "Daryl Hall & John Oates: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  12. ^ "Daryl Hall John Oates Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  13. ^ "Hall + Oates". wweb.uta.edu.
  14. ^ "Daryl Hall John Oates Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  15. ^ "Daryl Hall John Oates Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  16. ^ "Daryl Hall John Oates Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  17. ^ "Daryl Hall John Oates Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved June 1, 2017.

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