War Babies (Hall & Oates album)

War Babies is the third studio album by American pop music duo Daryl Hall & John Oates. The album was released in October 1974, by Atlantic Records. It was their last of three albums for Atlantic Records before moving to RCA Records. The album was produced by Todd Rundgren.[2] Rundgren and other members of Utopia, his then-recently-formed prog-rock band, perform on the record.

War Babies
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1974
RecordedJune – July 1974
StudioSecret Sound Studios, New York
ProducerTodd Rundgren
Daryl Hall & John Oates chronology
Abandoned Luncheonette
War Babies
Daryl Hall & John Oates
Singles from War Babies
  1. "Can't Stop The Music (He Played It Much Too Long)"
    Released: December 1974

The album was a radical departure from the previous two albums, alienating fans of the blue-eyed soul material that dominated the albums. War Babies is a more rock-oriented LP with heavy keyboard work, sarcastic lyrical content, and elements of hard rock.[3][4] War Babies was their first charting album, reaching #86 on the Billboard 200.

On February 24, 2017, Friday Music released a remastered version of the album along with their first studio album, Whole Oats.[5]

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Track listing

Side one
1."Can't Stop the Music (He Played It Much Too Long)"John Oates2:50
2."Is It a Star"Daryl Hall, Oates4:41
3."Beanie G and the Rose Tattoo"Hall3:01
4."You're Much Too Soon"Hall4:08
5."70's Scenario"Hall4:00
Side two
6."War Baby Son of Zorro"Hall4:10
7."I'm Watching You (A Mutant Romance)"Hall4:27
8."Better Watch Your Back"Hall4:15
9."Screaming Through December"Hall6:35
10."Johnny Gore and the ‘C’ Eaters"Hall, Oates5:18


  • Daryl Hall – lead vocals (3-10), backing vocals, keyboards, synthesizers, guitars, mandolin, vibraphone
  • John Oates – backing vocals, lead vocals (1, 2, 10), keyboards, synthesizers, guitars
  • Don York – keyboards, arrangements on "Is It a Star", ARP String Ensemble on "70's Scenario"
  • Todd Rundgren – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Richie Cerniglia – lead guitar on "Is It a Star"
  • John Siegler – bass
  • John G. Wilcox – drums
  • Sandy Allen – backing vocals on "War Baby Son of Zorro" and "Johnny Gore and the "C" Eaters"
  • Gail Boggs – backing vocals on "War Baby Son of Zorro" and "Johnny Gore and the "C" Eaters"
  • Hello People – backing vocals on "Johnny Gore and the "C" Eaters"
  • "Admiral Television" – "soloist" [presumably TV-broadcast noise] on "War Baby Son of Zorro"
  • Tommy Mottola – voice ["Erased Conelrad warning"] on "War Baby Son of Zorro"


  • Produced and Engineered by Todd Rundgren
  • Assistant Engineer – David Lesage
  • Mastered by Jean Ristori at Sterling Sound (New York City, New York).
  • Art Direction – Bob Defrin
  • Artwork – Peter Palombi
  • Photography – David Gahr and Armin Kachaturian
  • Musical Assistance – David LaSage and Gene Perla


  1. ^ Molanphy, Chris (January 15, 2022). "Rock 'n Soul Edition". Hit Parade | Music History and Music Trivia (Podcast). Slate. Retrieved March 22, 2024.
  2. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "War Babies – Daryl Hall & John Oates". AllMusic. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  3. ^ "The unusual album Led Zeppelin always took on tour". December 30, 2021.
  4. ^ "Daryl Hall Announces Spring 2022 U.S. Tour with Todd Rundgren".
  5. ^ "DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES | WHOLE OATS & WAR BABIES CD (Original Recording Masters/ Deluxe 2 CD Set/Limited Edition)". Friday Music. Retrieved February 22, 2017.