War Babies (Hall & Oates album)

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War Babies
Studio album by Hall & Oates
Released October 19, 1974
Recorded June–July 1974, Secret Sound Studios, New York
Genre Art rock, progressive rock
Label Atlantic
Producer Todd Rundgren
Hall & Oates chronology
Abandoned Luncheonette
War Babies
Daryl Hall & John Oates

War Babies is the third album by Hall & Oates, released in 1974, and their last of three albums for Atlantic Records before moving to the RCA label. The album was produced by Todd Rundgren, and featured Utopia, Rundgren's band at the time, performing on the record.

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 and sarcastic lyrical content. War Babies would be their first charting album, reaching #86 on the Billboard 200.

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Track listing[edit]

Side One
  1. "Can't Stop the Music (He Played It Much Too Long)" (Oates) - 2:50
  2. "Is It a Star" (Hall, Oates) - 4:41
  3. "Beanie G and the Rose Tattoo" (Hall) - 3:01
  4. "You're Much Too Soon" (Hall) - 4:08
  5. "70's Scenario" (Hall) - 4:00
Side Two
  1. "War Baby Son of Zorro" (Hall) -4:10
  2. "I'm Watching You (A Mutant Romance)" (Hall) - 4:27
  3. "Better Watch Your Back" (Hall) - 4:15
  4. "Screaming Through December" (Hall) - 6:35
  5. "Johnny Gore and the "C" Eaters" (Hall, Oates) - 5:18


  • Daryl Hall - vocals, synthesizer, guitar, mandolin, vibraphone
  • John Oates - vocals, synthesizer, guitar
  • Todd Rundgren - guitar, background vocals
  • Richie Cerniglia - guitar
  • "Admiral Television" - guitar
  • Don York - arranger, ARP String Ensemble
  • Tommy Mottola - synthesizer
  • John Siegler - bass
  • John "Willie" Wilcox - drums
  • Sandy Allen - background vocals
  • Gail Boggs - background vocals


  • Produced and Engineered by Todd Rundgren
  • Mastered by Jean Ristori